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Posted on: September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020 | Humboldt OES August Complex West Fire Response Daily Update

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Evacuation warnings and orders remain in effect for southern Humboldt County as fire crews work to contain the August Complex West Zone, just east of the county line. The Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center continues to staff a Fire Evacuation Information Line at 707-268-2500 for questions regarding current county evacuations and resources.

CURRENT SITUATION

As of Sunday, Sept. 14, 2020, at 7 a.m. the August Complex West Zone has not jumped the Eel River and has not entered Humboldt County. According to Cal Fire, the fire could see increased activity today due to weather and dry conditions. General Southwest winds will prevail, as well as some terrain-driven winds.

Fire crews continue working today to keep the fire east of the Eel River and out of the county away from populated areas. Beginning yesterday, Sept. 13, Cal Fire began to deploy water-dropping helicopters and expects to continue water-dropping today, possibly in the West Zone. 

Cal Fire has not determined a containment estimate at this time, nor has the agency set a date or time for the lifting of evacuation orders. 

Cal Fire has established a fire information line for questions related to fire activity, containment and resources. Cal Fire August Complex West Fire Information Line: (707) 355-4926.

CURRENT EVACUATION INFORMATION

The following areas are under an EVACUATION ORDER:

  • Areas south of Casterlin Road, including all properties on Casterlin Road, to the Mendocino / Trinity County Line and east of Dyerville Loop Road and Bell Springs Road to the county line

The following areas are under an EVACUATION WARNING:

  • All areas west of Bell Springs Road to Highway 101 spanning from Elk Creek Road / Dyerville Loop Road to the Mendocino / Trinity County Line in Southern Humboldt County.

  • All areas east of Alderpoint Road spanning from Highway 36 to Casterlin Road, not including all properties on Casterlin Road.

Maps of evacuation zones and routes are available at humboldtgov.org/evacmap or humboldtsheriff.org

Evacuation order and warning locations are determined by Cal Fire. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services will notify residents of new orders or warnings via Humboldt Alert, online at humboldtsheriff.org and on the HumCoOES social media pages.

CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS

The following roads remain closed:

  • Alderpoint Road from Fort Seward Road to Dyerville Loop Road.

  • Bell Springs Road from Alderpoint Road to the County line. 

RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services in coordination with the American Red Cross-Gold Country Region has established a Northern California Regional Evacuation Shelter for wildfire evacuees at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds, located at 1250 5th St in Ferndale. 

At this site, wildfire evacuees will be able to access:

  • Temporary indoor overnight shelter accommodations,

  • Meals,

  • Water,

  • Fire information,

  • Restrooms,

  • Red Cross services,

  • Free car/tent camping,

  • Low-cost RV parking sites,

  • Livestock and small pet boarding.

Wildfire evacuees currently camping or using RV parking spaces at the Shelter are encouraged to continue doing so to allow for increased social distancing. Additional camping space is available for wildfire evacuees. 

The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services is not currently accepting donations. Please do not drop off donations at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds unless authorized by Pay it Forward Humboldt.

To volunteer or donate to assist regional wildfire evacuees, please contact:

HELPFUL INFORMATION

County residents are encouraged to sign up for Humboldt Alert at humboldtgov.org/alerts.

Humboldt County Fire Evacuation Information Line: 707-268-2500

August Complex West Zone Fire Information Line (Cal Fire): 707-355-4926

August Complex North Zone Fire Information Line (USFS): 530-628-0039

August Complex South Zone Fire Information Line (USFS): 530-487-4602

Red Salmon Complex Fire Information (USFS): 530-316-1042

Air Quality Monitoring: North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District

For more information regarding the August Complex West Zone’s current impact on Humboldt County and current evacuation areas, please go to humboldtsheriff.org, visit @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter, or call 707-268-2500.

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