Containment increases to 81% at Six Rivers Lightning Complex

Helicopter over the Six Rivers Lightning Complex. [Photo from the Six Rivers National Forest’s Facebook page.]

California Interagency Incident Management Team 14 took over management of the Six Rivers Lightning Complex at 7 p.m. on August 20, 2022 and remains under unified command with the California Highway Patrol, Trinity County Sheriff and Humboldt County Sheriff. The Six Rivers Lightning Complex currently spans 25,832 acres with 81% containment and 946 people assigned to the incident.

CURRENT SITUATION

Firefighters worked to complete lines of control around the two remaining fires at the complex. The steep and rugged terrain remains a challenge. The Ammon Fire remained within its current perimeter through Saturday and overnight with no new growth. Several pockets of unburned vegetation continue to burn inside. Firefighters clear and extinguish hot spots to ensure there is no fire spread from rolling or falling debris. The Fire Campbell saw minimal fire activity throughout Saturday morning except for patches of vegetation within the perimeter of the fire. The fire became active in the northeast portion of the fire area late in the afternoon when the smoke inversion ceased. A fall occurred between Waterman Ridge and Horse Range in the northeast corner of the perimeter where the fire had previously been sustained in Cedar Creek. Ground crews and air assets have deployed to the area to begin slowing the spread. This fall is the highest priority on today’s incident. Ground firefighters will work to build lines of control around this new slop while being assisted by fixed and rotary-wing aircraft as conditions permit.

TIME AND SMOKE

Temperatures are expected to hold in the mid 80s to drop into the 90s with a northwesterly wind. The inversion layer and smoke that had previously tempered fire behavior lifted in the afternoon due to northwesterly winds and reduced smoke production from the fires. Increased fire activity begins to occur as this inversion layer clears each day. The weather will remain similar today with a slight cooling trend in the coming days, followed by warmer and drier weather later next week.

Please check https://outlooks.airfire.org/outlook/65384a03 for air quality resources.

COMMUNITY MEETING

Sunday August 21, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Willow Creek Bible Church

39 Brannan Mountain Road

Willow Creek, CA 95573

Streamed Live and Recorded on the Six Rivers National Forest Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/SixRiversNF

VSLOSSES

Due to the heavy presence of firefighters and machinery working to construct containment lines for the Ammon Fire, residents are asked to limit travel on Titlow Hill Road/Route 1 in areas HUM-E052 and HUM -E062 to essential traffic only.

The following roads leading to evacuation areas have been closed. Residents can still use these routes to exit evacuation order zones:

  • Logging road 7n15 at Six Rivers forest edge
  • Horse Linto Creek Road to Saddle Lane (Open to residents only)
  • Friday Ridge Road to Forest Route 6N06 (Route 6)
  • Titlow Hill Road (Route 1) at Horse Mountain Botanical Area

State Route 299 remains open to through traffic. Residents are encouraged to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to check for national highway closures.

EVACUATION UPDATES

For the latest evacuation information, go to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services (https://humboldtgov.org/2383/Current-Emergencies) or Trinity County Office of Emergency Services (https://www.trinitycounty.org/OES). For an interactive map of evacuation zones, visit: https://community.zonehaven.com/. To subscribe to alerts: www.humboldtgov.org/alerts.

The EVACUATION ORDER for areas HUM-E032-B, HUM-E056-A and HUM-E077-F have been downgraded to one EVACUATION WARNINGS starting August 20 at 5 p.m. Residents who live in these areas can begin to return home with caution, but should remain prepared to evacuate again at any time. Be alert for exceptional hazards on your return, including road debris, gas leaks, and hot embers.

A EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for zones: HUM-E058, HUM-E061-A, HUM-E063-A, HUM-E063-B, HUM-E077-B and HUM-E077-C.

A EVACUATION WARNING remains in effect for zones: HUM-E032, HUM-E056, HUM-E057, HUM-E061-B, HUM-E062, HUM-E064, HUM-E076-B, HUM-E077-D, HUM-E077-E and HUM-E077-F.

A EVACUATION WARNING remains in effect for Campbell Ridge Road from Salyer Heights to Seeley McIntosh Road. The Salyer area, including Galaxy Road, and the Ziegler Point Road/Forest Service Road 7N04 area have been reduced to an evacuation warning.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 14

E-mail: [email protected]

Incident Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8312/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SixRiversNF

Six Rivers National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/srnf

Fire Information Telephone: (707) 356-9442 (Hours: 8am-8pm)

Robert M. Larson