Fire Containment Better in Trinity County, Air Quality Worse

Aug 16, 2015

UPDATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, NOON. … Over 140,000 acres have burned and containment is above 25 percent in all the fires except the River Complex near Denny. An Air Quality Alert has been issued with "hazardous" conditions in Hyampom, Denny, and Hayfork. Very unhealthy conditions persist in Burnt Ranch and Mad River. Forecast for the next few days is for high temperatures approaching 100 degrees and humidity below 20 percent.

Dawn Above Ruth Lake, Smoke Rising Above the Fog |@SacFirePIO via Twitter

  

  

    

 

DENNY (River Complex)

A C-130 Aircraft Drops Retardant on the River Complex | InciWeb

Acres = 37,165

Containment = 18%

 

Personnel = 699

 

Structural Damage = none reported.

 

Fire activity increased on the northeast and southeast flanks yesterday and persisted into the night because of high temperatures and low humidity. Some clearing helped  with air support. 

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

River Complex Hotline: (530) 276-8559

 

 

 

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SOUTH COMPLE (South of 299 & North of Hyampom)

Tree Torching, South Complex, August 15, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 20,082

 

Containment = 25%

 

Personnel = 1,117

 

 

Castle Fire held well above the structures on Garrett Road. Near Forest Road 4N09 fire continued to back down towards the river but showed no evidence of crossing it.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

Animations of the growth of the fire complexes are HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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HAYFORK (Fork Complex)

 

Acres = 32,698

 

Containment = 42%

 

Personnel = 2,470

Hot Shot Sawyer, Fork Complex, August 15, 2015 | InciWeb

 

Fire crews will be focusing today on securing the northwest corner of the Peak Fire and the southern and southeastern edges of the Shiell Fire.

 

There is both a MANDATORY EVACUATION and ROAD CLOSURE for Wildwood Road (Road 302) to the junction with Highway 36. Portions of Tule Creek Road are now closed. Other road closures HERE.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Fork Complex Information Line: (530) 324-5145

 

Animations of the growth of the fire complexes are HERE.

 

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ROUTE COMPLEX 

(between Hyampom, Mad River, and Dinsmore)

 

Acres = 27,801

 

Containment = 28%

 

Personnel = 909

 

Structures Lost = 2 outbuildings

 

Major Fires of Northern California, August 16, 2015 | USFS

 

With high temperatures and low humidity expected for the next few days, crews will increase structure protection efforts around Hyampom. Air quality - already in the hazardous range - is expected to deteriorate further. 

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

Animations of the growth of the fire complexes are HERE.

 

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RUTH LAKE (Mad River Complex)

Pickett Fire near Forest Glen, August 15, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 22,807

 

Containment = 60%

 

 

Personnel =  1,349

 

Defensive firing operations will continue today along Highway 36 near Granite Canyon. Lingering smoke may hamper air support efforts. The Lassic Fire has not spread out of Blanket Creek drainage. The Gobbler Fire is 100 percent contained but still generating smoke from its interior.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

Mad River Complex Information: (707) 574-6289 and HERE.

 

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UPDATE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 9:30 A.M. … Nearly 10,000 acres a day have burned in Trinity County since lightning started the five major wildfires just over two weeks ago. Over 6,000 firefighters are currently deployed. The Mad River Complex alone has cost an estimated $16 million.

 

DENNY (River Complex)

Sunrise, River Complex, August 13, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 32,880

 

Containment = 18%

 

Personnel = 736

 

Structural Damage = none reported.

 

A smoke inversion yesterday moderated fire activity. There was little fire activity in the Denny Area.

 

A public meeting will be held TODAY at 6 PM at the Burnt Ranch School.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

River Complex Hotline: (530) 276-8559

 

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SOUTH COMPLEX (South of 299 & North of Hyampom)

Castle Fire, South Complex, August 13, 2015 | Kaleena Lynde

Acres = 17,234

 

Containment = 20%

 

Personnel = 969

 

There was a drop in overall fire activity because of cooler temperatures and higher humidity. The most fire activity was along the southwestern flank of the Castle Fire.

 

Fire continued to slowly back into Springer and move towards structures in Corral Bottom. A volunteer evacuation has been issued for properties on Garrett Road to the Hyampom Air Strip.

 

A public meeting will be held at 4PM TODAY at the Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department.

 

A public meeting will be held TODAY at 6 PM at the Burnt Ranch School.

 

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HAYFORK (Fork Complex)

Mom & Pups saved at the Fork Complex, August 13, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 30,154

 

Containment = 32%

 

Personnel = 2,411

 

 

Structural Damage = 8 residences & 4 other buildings.

 

Highway 3 to Highway 36 has re-opened.

 

Shiell Fire was active along Wildwood Road, Gemmil Gulch, and the northeast flank of the Peak Fire.

 

There is both a MANDATORY EVACUATION and ROAD CLOSURE for Wildwood Road (Road 302) to the junction with Highway 36. Portions of Tule Creek Road are now closed. Other road closures HERE.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Fork Complex Information Line: (530) 324-5145

 

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ROUTE COMPLEX (3 fires between Hyampom, Dinsmore, and Mad River)

A Sign of Gratitude, August 13, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 26,910

 

Containment = 27%

 

Personnel = 915

 

Structures Lost = 2 outbuildings

 

The Buck and Chance fires are in the final stages of mop-up.

 

Burnout operations along the eastern flank of the Johnson Fire went well last night.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

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RUTH LAKE (Mad River Complex)

Diamond Mountain Hotshots from Susanville, CA at the Gobbler Fire, August 13, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 21,995

 

Containment = 50%

 

Personnel =  1,221

 

Helicopters are being deployed to limit the eastern spread of the Lassic Fire.

 

Crews were successful in their firing operation along the eastern edge of the Pickett's Fire (now at 10,000 acres).

 

The Gobbler Fire is now at 93 percent containment.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

Mad River Complex Information: (707) 574-6289 and HERE.

 

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For information on the Gasquet Complex in Del Norte County click HERE.

 

 

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UPDATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 9:30 A.M. … The Trinity County fires have now burned more acreage than all the other major wildfires in Northern California combined.

 

Today onshore winds are expected to meet southerly winds from the Sacramento Valley and transport smoke towards Oregon. Still, very unhealthy air quality is forecast to persist for Hayfork, Hyampom, and Weaverville. The Redding-Anderson area will likely receive smoke from the Rocky and Jerusalem Fires near Clear Lake.

DENNY (River Complex)

Perimeter of River Complex on August 13, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 28,592

 

Containment = 12%

 

Personnel = 679

 

Structural Damage = none reported.

 

As smoke cleared yesterday afternoon there was an increase in fire along the northeastern and southeastern perimeter. The town of Denny is now surrounded on three sides by fire (see map). The fire has crested the ridge west of Denny and north of Dailey and is backing down the slope toward Denny Road (which remains under hard closure).

 

InciWeb Summary of the River Complex can be found HERE.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

River Complex Hotline: (530) 276-8559

 

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SOUTH COMPLEX (South of 299 & North of Hyampom)

Helicopter Drop, South Complex, August 12, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 16,348

 

Containment = 18%

 

Personnel = 893

 

There were gusty winds and an increase in fire activity yesterday. A fire spot jumped containment into Young Gulch. Helicopters were deployed to cool the hot spots.

 

Containment lines were held on the west and north sides. 

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

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HAYFORK AREA (Fork Complex)

Progression of the Fork Complex up to August 11, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 28,736

 

Containment = 26%

 

Personnel = 2,394

 

Structural Damage = 8 residences & 4 other buildings.

 

Snags have posed significant threats to firefighter safety. A snag downed a power line near Wildwood Road (Shiell Fire) yesterday. Gusting winds are expected this evening and may test fire lines.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Fork Complex Information Line: (530) 324-5145

 

Up-to-date  information is listed HERE.

 

 

 

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ROUTE COMPLEX (3 fires between Hyampom, Dinsmore and Mad River)

Morning Briefing, Route Complex, August 12, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 26,471

 

Containment = 20%

 

Personnel = 948

 

Structures Lost = 2 outbuildings

 

Good progress reported on the Johnson Fire. Near Forest Service Road 3N14 the fire continues to back down towards the road.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

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RUTH LAKE (Mad River Complex)

Chinook Helicopter near Ruth Lake, August 12, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 21,265

 

Containment = 45%

 

Personnel =  1,204

 

Fires are expected to remain very active at higher elevations today. There was intense activity near the Mud Creek drainage yesterday which could pose a threat to the community of Forest Glen.

 

Gobbler Fire is approaching containment but the Lassic Fire continues to grow along a North-South axis.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

Mad River Complex Information: (707) 574-6289 and HERE.

 

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For information on the Gasquet Complex in Del Norte County click HERE.

 

 

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UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 9:30 A.M. … It was a mixed weather picture in Trinity County on Tuesday where some fires experienced increased activity from gusty winds, while others slowed with the help of smoke inversions.

 

Forecast for the next 48 hours calls for highs in the mid-80s, daytime humidity below 30 percent, and light and variable winds. A warming trend is expected over the weekend.

DENNY  ("River Complex")

Ironside Mountain Lookout: View (top) Fire-wrapping (bottom) | InciWeb

Acres = 23,775

 

Containment = 12%

 

Personnel = 665

 

Structural Damage = none reported.

 

There will be a community meeting TODAY (August 12) in Willow Creek, 6 PM, at the Umpqua Bank (if you can not attend the meeting it will be streamed live at www.ustream.tv/channel/rivercomplex

 

Although many fire lookouts in Trinity County have been removed, the Ironside Lookout remains in place because of its highly strategic location. For this reason, and because of its historic significance, it has been fire-wrapped in case the River Complex fires shift south (see photo).

 

InciWeb Summary of the River Complex can be found HERE.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

River Complex Hotline: (530) 276-8559

 

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South Complex  (South of 299 & North of Hyampom)

Perimeter of South Complex on August 11, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 15,331

Containment = 13%

 

Personnel = 872

 

Winds did not materialize as expected and a heavy smoke inversion moderated fire activity into the evening. Aircraft were able to perform reconnaissance and mapping over the northern parts of the complex (see updated perimeter map).  The York Fire was found to be considerably less active.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

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HAYFORK AREA ( "Fork Complex")

Fire Crew from Puerto Rico, Fork Complex | InciWeb

Acres = 26,033

 

Containment = 24%

 

Personnel = 2,349

 

Structural Damage = 8 residences & 4 other buildings.

 

Gusty winds from the southeast caused increased fire activity on Tuesday. Clear skies allowed aircraft to perform bucket drops on active areas. Containment lines were held around the Barker fire. An inversion is

expected to settle over the area today and potentially moderate fire activity.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Fork Complex Information Line: (530) 324-5145

 

Up-to-date  information is listed HERE.

 

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ROUTE COMPLEX (Area between Dinsmore, South of Hyampom, and Mad River)

Bulldozing a Fire Line on the Route Complex |InciWeb

Acres = 25,788

 

Containment = 19%

 

Personnel = 840

 

Structures Lost = 2 outbuildings

 

The Route Complex now consists of three fires: Buck, Chance, and Johnson (the Pelletreau is now part of the Johnson Fire).

 

Priority today is a planned burn out operation on the west side of Johnson Creek.

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

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RUTH LAKE  ("Mad River Complex";7 fires)

Mad River Complex Perimeter on August 12, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 20,525

 

Containment = 40%

 

Personnel =  1,195

 

Gusty winds spread fire in many locations but crews were able to keep the fire from crossing Blanket Creek on Tuesday. The south end of the Lassic Fire crossed Bear Creek on Sunday.

 

Fire teams are in place to protect structures in Forest Glen should a threat develop.  

 

Air Quality Information HERE.

 

Latest ROAD CLOSURES and EVACUATIONS HERE

 

Mad River Complex Information: (707) 574-6289 and HERE.

 

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For information on the Gasquet Complex in Del Norte County click HERE.

 

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Update: TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 9:30 A.M. … A persistent low pressure trough offshore will continue to produce southerly ridgetop gusts that - coupled with temperatures in the mid-80’s and low humidity - could create extreme fire activity at higher elevations. Air quality continues to deteriorate across Northwestern California with “Unhealthy” conditions forecast for Mad River and Ruth Lake, “Very Unhealthy” in Hayfork and Etna, and “Hazardous” in the Hyampom area. For up-to-date links and air quality forecasts click HERE.

DENNY  ("River Complex")

River Complex Perimeter, August 10, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 21,072

 

Containment = 12%

 

Personnel = 644

 

Structural Damage = none reported.

 

Established fire lines were tested yesterday by gusting winds. Falling snags and rolling material continued to challenge firefighters, presenting both a safety hazard and potential for fire spread. A helitanker was deployed to suppress hot spots and worked effectively in several areas of the Grove Fire to reduce intensity. 

 

Latest information on EVACUATIONS and ROAD CLOSURES can be found HERE.

 

RED FLAG warning (high temperatures + high winds + low humidity) in effect until sunset.

 

River Complex Hotline: (530) 276-8559

 

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SOUTH COMPLEX (South of 299 & North of Hyampom)

York Fire - South Complex, August 10, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 14,711

Containment = 13%

 

Personnel = 751

 

The Johnson/Pelletreau Fire was very active near Skunk Ranch and firefighters are bringing fire slowly down to containment lines to better defend the structures. The York Fire was active and spreading northward.

 

Air quality is forecast to be in the "HAZARDOUS" range throughout the Hyampom area. For more information - including actions to protect your health - click HERE.

 

 

Latest information on EVACUATIONS and ROAD CLOSURES can be found HERE.

 

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HAYFORK AREA ( "Fork Complex")

Shiell ... Largest of the 7 Fires of the Fork Complex | InciWeb

Acres = 24,514

 

Containment = 22%

 

Personnel = 2,044

 

Structural Damage = 8 residences & 4 other buildings.

 

Containment lines held yesterday and there were no significant problems.  Fire backed down the southeast side of the Peak Fire and an engine crew successfully defended a structure in that area. On the Barker fire a tree fell across the road and was quickly removed to open up access and to stop any spread of fire across the line.

 

Fork Complex Information Line: (530) 324-5145

 

Latest information on EVACUATIONS and ROAD CLOSURES can be found HERE.

 

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ROUTE COMPLEX (Area between Dinsmore, South of Hyampom, and Mad River)

Tree Torching, Route Complex, August 10, 2015 | InciWeb

 

Acres = 25,332

 

Containment = 17%

 

Personnel = 812

 

Structures Lost = 2 outbuildings

 

On the west portion of the Johnson Fire, firefighters made progress by removing brush and small timber, creating a bigger fuel break to assist with burnout operations. This will continue over the next few days to secure the west side of the Johnson Fire, along Pilot Ridge. In the area just above Hyampom, the fire has continued to slowly back down the hill toward FS Road 3N14.

The Chance and Buck Fires are completely surrounded by containment lines and mop-up operations will continue. Most of the smoke visible from these two fires is actually being generated well inside the perimeter.

 

Latest information on EVACUATIONS and ROAD CLOSURES can be found HERE.

 

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RUTH LAKE  ("Mad River Complex";7 fires)

Helicopter Retrieving Water from Ruth Lake, August 10, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 19,189

 

Containment = 38%

 

Personnel =  1,131

 

Due to recent increase in fire activity in the area west of Forest Glen, fire management officials have called for a MANDATORY EVACUATION of the Forest Glen area for public and firefighter safety beginning at 8:00 am, TODAY, August 11th.

 

The Lassic Fire (2,043 acres) made a significant uphill run in Bear Creek yesterday on the south end of the fire, and is expected to cross Blanket Creek to the north. Containment lines for the Pickett Fire (9,049 acres) are holding along the western perimeter. Structure protection is in place for Forest Glen area.

Mad River Complex Information: (707) 574-6289 and HERE.

 

Latest information on EVACUATIONS and ROAD CLOSURES can be found HERE.

 

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HUMBOLDT LIGHTNING COMPLEX  (now 7 active fires)

 

Acres = 4,696

Containment = 55%

Personnel = 1,795

 

Fire growth is NOT anticipated on the Blocksburg, Bluford, Dobbyn, Steelhead, Wildcat, or Winchester fires.

Fire Information Line: (707) 418-0411

 

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Update: Monday, August 10. 9:00 A.M. … A deepening low pressure trough offshore is expected to bring gusty ridgetop winds this afternoon which may persist into mid-week. Some winds over 3,500 feet may reach 25 mph. These winds, coupled with low humidity, will create potentially volatile fire behavior across the entire region for at least the next 48 hours.

DENNY  ("River Complex")

View of the River Complex Fire from the historic Ironside Mountain Lookout | InciWeb

Acres = 18,235

 

Containment = 12%

 

Personnel = 614

 

Structural Damage = none reported.

 

Happy and Groves Fires merged (now called “Groves Fire”)

 

Because of the threat of fire, the historic Ironside Mountain Lookout was wrapped with fire resistant material to protect it.

 

A Type 1 helicopter arrived Sunday to support suppression efforts. This helicopter can drop more than 1,000 gallons of water on the fire in a single drop.

 

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS  include Dailey Ranch, Bell Flat, Hoboken, Denny and Quinby. Up-to-date information can be found HERE.

 

River Complex Hotline: (530) 276-8559

 

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SOUTH COMPLEX (South of 299 & North of Hyampom)

Fire Perimeters of South (top) and Route (bottom) Complexes on August 9, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 18,108

Containment = 5%

 

Personnel = 719

 

Johnson and Pelletreau fires are now fully merged.

 

Forest Closure (Order No. 14-15-03) (which includes areas inside the South Complex) is currently in effect. The closure prohibits going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Fork, South, Route and Mad River Complex Fire Closure Areas on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

 

A community meeting scheduled TODAY, August 10, at 4 PM at Burnt Ranch School.

 

There will be a public camp tour at 11 AM, TODAY, August 10, at the Hyampom Airport Incident Command. Please call ahead if you plan on attending (530) 628-0093.

 

The latest information on evacuations, closures, and support for residents can be found HERE.

 

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HAYFORK AREA ( "Fork Complex")

Fork Complex | @jamineviel via Twitter

Acres = 22,312

Containment = 19%

 

Personnel = 1,910

 

Structural Damage = 8 residences & 4 other buildings.

 

Mandatory Evacuation: 

 

Due to an increase in fire behavior in the area of Deer Lick Campgrounds this area has gone into mandatory evacuation status with immediate effect.

 

 

New Road Closures:

 

30N01 is closed northeast of Williams Ranch.

 

30N02 is closed at Windy Gap

 

335 Road is closed at Spring Gulch near the Forest Boundary.

Fork Complex Information Line: (530) 324-5145

 

Up-to-date  information is listed HERE.

 

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ROUTE COMPLEX (Area between Dinsmore, South of Hyampom, and Mad River)

Skycrane Loading Water on August 9, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 19,974

 

Containment = 15%

 

Personnel = 666

 

Structures Lost = 2 outbuildings

 

Road Closures:

 

Highway 36 is under a hard closure (no one allowed to travel, including residents) from the junction with the Van Duzen Road (County Road 511) east to the community of Forest Glen.

 

The Van Duzen Road (County Road 511) is now under a soft closure (residents with IDs allowed to travel) from the junction with Highway 36 to the Ruth Zenia road.

 

The Lower Mad River Road (County Road 501) from the junction with Highway 36 is also under a soft closure.

 

Up-to-date information on the Route Complex can be found HERE.

 

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RUTH LAKE  ("Mad River Complex";7 fires)

Ruth Lake Perimeter on August 7, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 19,189

 

Containment = 35%

 

Personnel =  1,055

 

Temperatures may reach the upper 80’s with humidity approaching 15 percent.

 

Mad River Complex Information: (707) 574-6289 and HERE.

 

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HUMBOLDT LIGHTNING COMPLEX  (now 7 active fires)

 

Acres = 4,665

Containment = 50%

Personnel = 1,816

 

Fire growth is NOT anticipated on the Blocksburg, Bluford, Dobbyn, Steelhead, Wildcat, or Winchester fires.

 

Fires are burning in steep, rugged terrain with poor access and heavy timber fuels. Fires threaten Mount Lassic Wilderness, as well as commercial timberland.

 

Highway 36 is closed from the Humboldt/Trinity county line to State Route 3 in Trinity County.

USFS Fire Line: (530) 628-0039

 

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Update: Sunday, August 9, 2015 … All six major fire complexes in Trinity County showed significant growth overnight. However, some of the changes in acreage burned and percent containment reflect last night’s updated aerial infrared readings and more accurate mapping. Fires in Ruth Lake, around Hayfork, and the Route Complex showed the biggest gains in containment. Containment for the South Complex remained the same while the River complex showed a decline.

DENNY  ("River Complex")

Merged Complexes Near Denny, August 9, 2015 | InciWeb

 

Acres = 15,879

 

Containment = 8 %

 

Personnel = 612

 

Structural Damage = none reported.

 

Happy and Groves Fires merged (now called “Groves Fire”).  There are now three fires on the River Complex. The much smaller Look and Smokey Fires have had minimal growth. 

 
Much like yesterday, clearing skies today will lead to increased fire activity.  The fire will generally spread in a northeasterly direction. Winds are likely to be more of a factor later today as they are expected to shift out of the south-southwest.  Winds from the south may bring smoke from other fires to the area.   

Denny Road is closed.  

 

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS  include Dailey Ranch, Bell Flat, Hoboken, Denny and Quinby. Up-to-date information can be found HERE.

 

River Complex Hotline: (530) 276-8559

 

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South Complex  (South of 299 & North of Hyampom)

Smoke Over the South Complex, August 8, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 16,964

Containment = 5%

 

Personnel = 609

 

A community meeting is planned for TODAY at 4 PM at the Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department.

 

A community meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 10, at 4 PM at Burnt Ranch School.

 

There will be a public camp tour at 11 AM, Monday, August 10, at the Hyampom Airport Incident Command. Please call ahead if you plan on attending (530) 628-0093.

 

The latest information on evacuations, closures, and support for residents can be found HERE.

 

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HAYFORK AREA ( "Fork Complex")

San Diego Fire Crew, Fork Complex, August 8, 2015 | InciWEb

Acres = 19,472

Containment = 17%

 

Personnel = 2,101

 

Structural Damage = 8 residences & 4 other buildings.

 

An inversion (air closer to the ground is cooler than the air above it) is expected to hold and create favorable conditions for ground-based crews to work the fires edge and construct dozer lines.

 

Fork Complex Information Line: (530) 324-5145

 

Up-to-date  information is listed HERE.

 

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ROUTE COMPLEX (Area between Dinsmore, South of Hyampom, and Mad River)

Smoke Over Hyampom, August 8, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 18,905

Containment = 15%

 

Personnel = 4512

 

Structures Lost = 2 outbuildings

 

Yesterday the fire experienced slightly higher winds and smoke lifting from the valley earlier in the day, which contributed to increased fire activity. Today’s forecast is expected to produce similar results with temperatures forecasted in the upper 70’s and 32% relative humidity. There is a slight possibility of evening thunderstorms.

 

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RUTH LAKE  ("Mad River Complex"; 4 fires)

Ruth Public Meeting, August 8, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 18,317

Containment = 35%

 

Personnel =  1,025

 

An inversion lifted around 1 PM yesterday with a subsequent increase in fire activity. Similar conditions are expected today. Winds forecasted to be 4-9 MPH this afternoon with relative humidity below 40 percent throughout the afternoon.  

 

Mad River Complex Information: (707) 574-6289 and HERE.

 

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HUMBOLDT LIGHTNING COMPLEX  (now 7 active fires; straddles Trinity & Humboldt counties)

 

Acres = 4,615

Containment = 45%

Personnel = 1,825

 

Fire growth is NOT anticipated on the Blocksburg, Bluford, Dobbyn, Steelhead, Wildcat, or Winchester fires.

USFS Fire Line: (530) 628-0039

 

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Update: Saturday, August 8, 2015 … Acres burned and containment both increased overnight in all six major Trinity County fire complexes. A persistent inversion layer - which may lift today - has significantly compromised  both air support efforts and air quality across Northwestern California. For more information on air quality click HERE.

 

DENNY  ("River Complex"; 5 fires)

River Complex Progression: August 2-6 | InciWeb

Acres = 13,827

Containment = 10 %

Personnel = 587

 

Structural Damage = none reported.

Restricted outdoor activity highly recommended because of air quality issues.  

Updated listing of MANDATORY EVACUATIONS can be found HERE.

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South Complex  (South of 299 & North of Hyampom; 9 fires)

South (top) & Route (bottom) Complexes, August 7, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 15,956

Containment = 5%

 

Personnel =482

A community meeting is planned for Sunday, August 9 at 4 PM at the Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department.

Area forecast for today calling for a high around 90 degrees, calm winds, and low humidity.

The latest information on evacuations, closures, and support for residents can be found HERE.

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HAYFORK AREA ( "Fork Complex"; 8 fires)

Fire Retardant Drop on the Fork Complex, August 7, 2015 | USFS

Acres = 17,622

Containment = 12%

 

Personnel = 1,640

 

Structural Damage = 8 residences & 4 other buildings.

Air Quality Issues Persist. Smoke is typically greater in the morning and evening hours. Plan outdoor activities for times and places with low smoke levels. Up-slope breezes occur during the day, which will often take smoke into higher elevations. In the evening, these winds change direction and bring smoke back down slope to lower elevations.   

Up-to-date  information is listed HERE.

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ROUTE COMPLEX (Area between Dinsmore, South of Hyampom, and Mad River)

Route Complex, Johnson Fire, August 6, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 16,598

Containment = 12%

 

Personnel = 453

The weather around the fire has been experiencing an inversion, which has prevented smoke from lifting and allowing aircraft to be used regularly. However, today the inversion layer could lift before noon and temperatures will remain in the mid 70’s.

A public meeting is scheduled for TODAY, 11:00 AM, Lamb Creek Christian Center at Hwy. 36 and Forest Service Road 1 in Mad River. More information HERE.

 

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RUTH LAKE  ("Mad River Complex"; 4 fires)

Ruth Community Meeting, August 7, 2015| InciWeb

Acres = 17,852

Containment = 30%

 

Personnel =  1,115

A high pressure system is expected to move into the area today, bringing higher temperatures, lower humidity, and an increased chance of both increased fire activity and trapped smoke in the canyons.

A public meeting is scheduled for TODAY, 11:00 AM, Lamb Creek Christian Center at Hwy. 36 and Forest Service Road 1 in Mad River. More information HERE.

There is a total closure of Highway 36 from County Road 501 to Forest Glen. More evacuation and road closure information can be found HERE.

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BLOCKSBURG AREA (“Humboldt Lightning Complex” ; Humboldt & Trinity Counties)

Smoke Imagery, August 6, 2015 |NOAA

Acres = 4,508

Containment = 40%

 

Personnel = 1,579

This area now has 7 active fires ranging in size from 147 to 1,421 acres.

All evacuations have been lifted. Six outbuildings have been destroyed.

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UPDATE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 10:00 AM ... Containment across all five major Trinity County fires either improved or held overnight. A heavy smoke inversion moderated fire activity across most of the county, but the forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of light showers and thunderstorms this afternoon through early Saturday morning.

DENNY  ("River Complex"; East of Willow Creek, West of Denny; North of Highway 299)

River Complex, August 6, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 12,524

Containment = 8 %

Personnel = 515

Structural Damage = none reported

Air Quality Information can be found HERE.

Updated listing of MANDATORY EVACUATIONS can be found HERE.

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HYAMPOM AREA ("South Complex"; South of 299; surrounding most sides of Hyampom)

 

Hyampom Area Fires, August 6, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 15,026

Containment = 3%

Personnel =410

A cooling trend is predicted for Saturday and Sunday, but moderate to strong Northwest winds are expected each afternoon.

The latest information on evacuations, closures, and support for residents can be found HERE.

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HAYFORK AREA ( "Fork Complex")

Fires between Hayfork, Ruth Lake, and Hyampom, August 6, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 15,184

Containment = 9%

Personnel = 1,349

 

Structural Damage = 8 residences & 4 other buildings.

The Hayfork Transfer Station (Dump) will reopen today under normal business hours.  

 

Up-to-date  information is listed HERE.

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ROUTE COMPLEX (Area between Dinsmore, Hyampom, and Mad River)

Acres = 15,862

Containment = 10%

Personnel = 429

A public meeting will be held at 6:00 pm TODAY at the USFS Ruth Guard Station (19500 Lower Mad River Road) near the Ruth store.

Another meeting is scheduled for SATURDAY, August 8, 11:00 am, Lamb Creek Christian Center at Hwy. 36 and Forest Service Road 1 in Mad River.

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RUTH LAKE  ("Mad River Complex")

Ruth Lake, August 6, 2015 | InciWeb

Acres = 17,041

Containment = 20%

Personnel =  429

Dry lightning forecast for Thursday night into Friday morning.

[Note Community Meetings for today and tomorrow are listed above under Route Complex]

Evacuation and road closure information can be found HERE.

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BLOCKSBURG AREA (“Humboldt Lightning Complex” ; Humboldt & Trinity Counties)

Acres = 4,358

Containment = 35%

Personnel = 1,496

NOTE: A RED FLAG WARNING persists throughout all the fire areas. This means high temperatures, increasing winds, and low humidity are ideal for fire development and spread.

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UPDATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 4:30 PM ... All five of the major fire complexes in Trinity County continue to grow to a total of 70,000 acres, with only minor gains in containment. The smoke has led to extremely poor air quality in the region, leading to the establishment of 'Clean Air' sites in the communities of Hayfork, Weaverville, Junction City and Burnt Ranch.

A complete list of 'Clean Air' sites and warnings can be found on the Trinity County Public Health Department's Wildfire Smoke Press Release.

Eight structures, including 2 residences, have been reported destroyed since the lightning caused fires started last week.

Highway 299 remains open. Highway 36 remains closed from Mad River to Forest Glen.

More lightning, increased temperatures and dropping humidity are forecast for the next couple of days, which could increase fire activity.

Read on for a complete rundown of the most current acreage, containment, and upcoming meetings for each fire complex in Trinity County. A map of all significant fires burning in Northern California can be found HERE. JPR's coverage of all fires burning in the listening area can be found HERE.

 

DENNY ("River Complex")

Acreage: 10,912 (an increase of 2,400 acres from Wednesday)

Containment: 0%

Personnel: 521

Structures Reported Burned: 0

 

There has been an increase in structure defense activity around the towns of Denny and Trinity Village. Access via Denny Road has been sporadically interrupted by falling trees.

 

Updated listing of MANDATORY EVACUATIONS can be found HERE.

 

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HYAMPOM AREA ( "South Complex")

Acreage: 13,931 (an increase of 1800 acres from Wednesday)

Containment: 3%

Personnel: 356

Structures Reported Burned: 0

 

There is heavy smoke in the area due to an inversion, which is expected to lift Thursday afternoon. This is expected to increase fire activity. Fire personnel continue to focus on protecting structures in the path of the 9 fires that comprise the South Complex.

 

PG&E power lines in the Castle Fire area are under threat.

 

Community Meeting at 4 PM Thursday at Burnt Ranch School.

 

Mandatory evacuations in this area continue and fires continue to impact the Hyampom, Burnt Ranch, Corral Bottom, and New York Bar. The Trinity County Sheriff has asked all people evacuating the area to use the Hyampom Road to Hayfork, as other roads are closed. Click HERE for more.

 

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HAYFORK AREA ("Fork Complex")

 

Acreage: 13,333 (an increase of 2,000 acres from Wednesday)

Containment: 7%

Personnel: 1165

Structures Reported Burned: 0

 

New mandatory evacuations were ordered Thursday for residents of 13 Dips Road. New mandatory evacuations have also been ordered for Wildwood Road from Gemmill Gulch to the east Side of East Fork Road and all of East Fork. Evacuations for Shiell Ranch have been upgraded from voluntary to mandatory. Closures were also listed Thursday for the 347 Road, and Road 30N19 is closed from 347 Road to Road 39N41. Smoke inversions are expected to clear resulting in increased fire volatility but improved air support. Helicopter water drops have been successful.

 

More information, including shelters and free meals are listed HERE.

A public meeting will be held at 7 PM Thursday at the Bodega Cafe in Hayfork. It will be streamed HERE.

 

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ROUTE COMPLEX (7 fires south of Hyampom and near Highway 36 at Mad River now grouped together for organizational streamlining)

 

Acreage: 13,959 (an increase of 1,800 acres from Wednesday)

Containment: 2%

Personnel: 359

Structures Reported Burned: 0

 

The seven fires that comprise the Route Complex are the Buck, Tierney, Hitchcock, Johnson, Kerlin, Blake and Chance Fires. These fires are burning on both the Shasta Trinity Forest near Hyampom and the Six Rivers National Forest near the community of Mad River.

 

Road closures for this area are listed HERE.

 

A public meeting will be held on Saturday at 11 AM at the Lamb Creek Christian Center in Mad River at the intersection of Hwy 36 and Forest Service Road 1.

 

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Thursday's firefighting efforts along Van Duzen Road on the Mad River Complex.
Credit via Twitter / USFS

RUTH LAKE  ("Mad River Complex")

 

Acreage: 15,760 (an increase of 1,700 acres from Wednesday)

Containment: 10%

Personnel: 748

Structures Reported Burned: 2 Residences, 2 Outbuildings

 

Dry lightning forecast for Thursday night into Friday morning.

 

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS and road closures can be found HERE.

 

A public meeting will be held at 6 PM Friday at the USFS Ruth Guard Station.

A public meeting will also be held at 11AM Saturday at the Lamb Creek Christian Center in Mad River at the intersection of Hwy 36 and Forest Service Road 1.

 

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BLOCKSBURG AREA (Humboldt Lightning Complex; Humboldt & Trinity Counties)

 

Acreage: 3,962 (an increase of 150 acres from Wednesday)

Containment: 35%

Personnel: 1452

Structures Reported Burned: 4 outbuildings destroyed by Dobbyn Fire

 

Air quality information and locations of publicly available high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can be found HERE.

 

INTERACTIVE MAP HERE | wildlandfire.com

 

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UPDATE: TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 11 AM ... A new infrared survey conducted last night shows that several of the Trinity County fires near Denny  ("River Complex") have merged. Hyampom (now the "South Complex")  has fires to the South, West, North, and Northeast. A warming and drying trend is expected through Thursday. Significant lightning potential is forecast for Friday. Mandatory evacuations have been expanded.

DENNY AREA ("River Complex"; see map below)

 

Has grown from 3,745 acres yesterday (August 3) to 7,059 acres as of 8:00 AM this morning. Containment remains at  Zero Percent. Personnel deployed is 351.

 

Smoke under an inversion has been moderating fire activity for the last few days, but this may lift later today as a weather system moves through. This may lead to more active fire behavior for the remainder of the day.

 

A community meeting will be held at 6 PM, Wednesday, August 5, at the Trinity Village Fire Hall.

 

A listing of MANDATORY EVACUATIONS can be found HERE.

 

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HYAMPOM AREA (now the "South Complex"; see map below)

 

Burned area estimated between 11,000- 13,200 acres. Zero Percent Containment.

 

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS, shelters, free meals and ROAD CLOSURES listed HERE.

 

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HAYFORK AREA (now the "Fork Complex"; see map below)

 

8,083 Acres with 7 percent containment. Personnel deployment is 1,005.

 

MANDATORY EVACUATION, shelters, free meals and ROAD CLOSURES listed HERE.

 

No estimates on number of structures damaged have been published. Assessments continue today.

 

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RUTH LAKE & MAD RIVER ("Mad River Complex"; see map below)

 

13, 696 acres. 8 Percent containment. 783 Personnel. At least 4 structures destroyed.

 

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS and road closures can be found HERE.

 

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BLOCKSBURG AREA (Humboldt Lightning Complex; Humboldt & Trinity Counties; see map below)

 

3,192 Acres. 20 Percent Containment (over 70 fires). Personnel = 1,120.

 

The fire that threatened structures in Blocksburg has been mitigated. The evacuation advisory for the area was canceled Monday night (August 3) at 6 PM.

Extent of fires near Denny on August 4 | USGS

Extent of fires near Hyampom on August 4 | USGS
Extent of fires near Hayfork on August 4 | USGS

Extent of fires near Ruth Lake and Blocksburg on August 4 | USGS

For more information on Air Quality visit www.airnow.gov or call 866-287-6329

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UPDATE: MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 10 PM ... Fires continued to grow Monday in Northern California's Trinity County, burning a total of more than 40,000 acres, including an unconfirmed number of structures in the Post Mountain and Ruth Lake areas.

None of the fires is more than 15 percent contained, and the Trinity County Sheriff announced new, expanded mandatory evacuations Monday evening that include areas around the communities of Denny, Ruth Lake, Hyampom and Hayfork. Officials have also canceled the Trinity County Fair. 

There remains a chance of afternoon lightning through Tuesday afternoon. High temperatures are expected in the low nineties until Thursday, when the high in the Hayfork area could approach 98 degrees.

Links to the most current evacuation information can be found below.

River Complex (North of Highway 299 & West of Denny - See map below).

3,745 acres ... Zero percent containment.

Mandatory evacuations were issued Monday evening for the town of Denny. The Trinity County Sheriff also listed mandatory evacuations for Underwood Mountain Rd, Castle Rock and Hog Ranch and for one mile down Mill Creek Rd from Hwy 299.

Highway 299 Remains OPEN according to Public Information officer, Eli Rohl of Caltrans District One.

Fork Complex (Communities of Hayfork, Hyampom N. of Hwy 299 & Harrison Gulch) - See map below)

8,083 acres ... 5 percent containment ... approximately 1,005 personnel deployed.

Mandatory evacuations and road closures have been expanded. Current information is available here.

South Complex (Hyampom area south of Hwy 299)

This was formerly part of the Fork Compex, which was split into two separate complexes Monday afternoon.

11,000 acres... Zero containment ... 306 personnel

The most current information on mandatory evacuations and road closures can be found here.

Ruth Lake/Mad River Complex (both sides of Ruth Lake Reservoir - See map below)

13,157 acres ... 5 percent containment ... approximately 600 personnel deployed. 

Mandatory evacuations are in effect as of Monday evening for residences in the area of Mad River Rd from Hwy 36 to Three Forks Rd area and the back side of the lake on Ruth/Zenia Road to the Ruth Dam. Residents in the area of Van Duzen Rd from the dump to the Ruth/Zenia Road are being warned that fire activity may move into the area, and are told to be prepared to evacuate.

Highway 36 remains closed from the town of Mad River to Forest Glen. 

Humboldt Lightning Fires (Between Blocksburg and Alderpoint; Humboldt & Trinity Counties)

Approximately 70 fires totaling 2,692 acres ... 15 percent containment ... 1,200 personnel.

Advisory Evacuation for Blocksburg now in effect with temporary evacuation center at the Alderpoint Volunteer Fire Department.

Extent of River Complex fire as of August 3 | USGS

Extent of Fork Complex fire as of August 3 | USGS
Extent of Ruth Lake & Nearby Blocksburg fires as of August 3 |USGS

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UPDATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, NOON ... Three major fires - near Denny, Hayfork, and Ruth Lake - have nearly tripled in size since yesterday. Evacuations and road closures have been expanded. Red Flag Warning in effect through 9 PM this evening throughout Trinity and Humboldt counties.

FORK COMPLEX FIRE (North and South of Hayfork)

23,400 acres. 0-percent containment. [Note: Previously Named "Barker" and "Rail" fires are now being managed under Fork Complex; this accounts for some of the increase in listed acreage].

Multiple Structures continue to be threatened in Hayfork, Hyampom, and Post Mountain area. 

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RIVER COMPLEX (near Denny)

3,182 acres. 0-percent containment. 

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Mad River/Ruth Lake Complex (Ruth Lake and Mad River communities)

11,300 acres. 0-percent containment. 

 

PG&E is reporting significant power outages in the area. 

On Saturday, Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr., saw first-hand the fire situation in the Ruth Lake area. He said, “This is a very serious situation. There are many homes—and fire—on both sides of the lake."

 

Fire Map, Morning of August 2 | Source: Inciweb

ORIGINAL POST: SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 4:00 PM

At least a half a dozen major fires are now burning from northern to southern Trinity County. Most have been triggered by scattered lightning strikes and are merging into major fire complexes around the towns of Denny, Hayfork, Ruth Lake, Dinsmore, and Blocksburg. Mandatory evacuations, shelters, and road closures are in effect in most of these locations.

Here is the latest information on the major Trinity County fires - listed from the north end of the county to the south - as of Saturday morning, August 1

River Complex (New River/"Green Trinities" Drainage Near Denny, CA):

1,800 acres with 0-percent containment (as of 8:30 AM on Saturday, August 1, 2015).

Cause = Lightning

Closure of Southbound Highway 3 from Hayfork to Highway 36. Submitted on Twitter by @njsolis_rs

Rail Fire (2 miles south of Hayfork; Rail Canyon & Highway 3)

800 acres and 10-percent contained (as of 8:45 AM on Saturday, August 1, 2015).

Evacuations and road closures (listed above). 

The fairgrounds are accepting large animals and livestock. 

Mad River & Ruth Lake Area:

1,500 Acres and 0-percent containment (as of 8:30 AM on Saturday, August 1, 2015)

Cause = Lightning

Evacuation Center: Van Duzen Community Center, Van Duzen Road, Mad River, CA. 

Humboldt Lightning Fires (Alder Point - Blocksburg; SE Humboldt Co.)

71 Lightning Strikes sparked fires totaling 900 acres. 5-percent contained (as of 7:00 AM on Saturday, August 1, 2015)