U.S. Forest Service officials yesterday saw an “increase in extreme fire behavior” across the eight active fires that make up the Six Rivers Lightning Complex, prompting additional evacuations on the outskirts of Willow Creek.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders for residents of areas HUM-EO56 and HUM-EO57 – which include the Bigfoot Subdivision threatened by the Bremer Fire – and warnings and orders remain in place for other areas east and south of Willow Creek. The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, meanwhile, also issued an evacuation order for the area around Salyer, just east of the Humboldt-Trinity county line, which is threatened by the fire. of Campbell. (For a map of Humboldt County evacuation zones, click here.)
An evacuation center has been set up at Trinity Valley Elementary School (730 State Route 96) and the Hoopa Rodeo Grounds has been set up as a large animal evacuation center.
The U.S. Forest Service, which is working to bring in crews and resources from across the region to work with crews from CalFire and local agencies, warned the fires are dynamic, burning across rugged terrain laden with dry fuels .
“The Six Rivers Lightning Complex is a very active emerging incident,” the agency wrote on Facebook. “Evacuation orders and warnings change frequently. For your own safety, please obey all evacuation notices and be prepared to leave immediately if the situation worsens.”
The fires were among 12 started by a predawn thunderstorm on August 5 across the region. Of those, eight continue to burn actively and, according to the post, fire crews are prioritizing the protection of “threatened structures, critical infrastructure and important wildlife habitat.” As of 9 p.m. yesterday, the first had combined to cover 1,100 acres with zero percent containment.
Anecdotal reports on social media indicate that fire crews were successful last night in protecting the Bigfoot Subdivision and the Salyer Heights area, although both remain under immediate threat. Some residents said they left their homes – and in some cases animals – under evacuation orders, while others watched anxiously from areas under evacuation warnings as nearby fires grew all day. night.
“My life will change forever,” a resident posted on Facebook with a photo of a vehicle exiting a gate under a hazy sky with an orange glow. “I don’t know if this beautiful door is still standing tomorrow. My tears are flowing right now, my heart hurts, I can’t save all my animals. Pray for my home, pray for my animals, pray for my neighbors .”