Updates as of Friday morning, Sept. 11
Several areas of southern Trinity County have been evacuated due to wildfires approaching from the south — Ruth, Zenia, Kettenpom and Hettenshaw Valley. Several fires have become one, prompting fire agencies to change the names of fires burning south of, and into, southern Trinity County.
“As of today, Sept. 11, the fires known as the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, Vinegar and the August Complex will now collectively be known as the August Complex,” according to a release from the U.S. Forest Service. “These fires have all burned together. The August Complex will be split into three zones: North, South and West.”
The Red Salmon Complex is still burning on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity national forests within Humboldt, Siskiyou and Trinity counties.
“Fire crew efforts will be focused today on repositioning containment lines to prevent fire spread towards both the community of Forks of Salmon and towards Highway 93,” According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. “Fire behavior predictions suggest that once the inversion lifts today, there is the potential for fire spread in all directions. The fire is actively backing in Tish Tang Creek forming alignment for potential future runs impacting cultural and resources values in the area. The 10N02 Road will serve as a primary line for containing the fire east of the Hoopa Valley Reservation.”
The Hobo fire has burned on steep rugged terrain in Barney Gulch, about 7 miles northwest of Junction City since it was discovered on Sept. 1. The fire remains at 413 acres and is now 100 percent contained.
“The fire is expected to remain within the current control lines,” according to the Forest Service. “An engine will be actively patrolling until humidity recovery improves over the next few days. Smoldering in the interior of the fire is expected until wetting rain is received. This will be the last update for the Hobo Fire, unless conditions change.”
According to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group map, a 4.5-acre wildfire ignited across Trinity Lake from Trinity Center Thursday morning. Called the Irish fire, it was said to have been 100 percent contained by that afternoon. The NWCG map says it was human-caused but gives no further information.
Forest closures have been implemented the Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino, and Six Rivers National Forests.
“Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has closed all 18 national forests in California,” A USDA release stated. “This includes the Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers national forests. It is critical that all national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters.”
A Virtual Public Meeting will be live streamed at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, for the August Complex-North Zone. The meeting will be broadcast on Shasta Trinity National Forest www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF/, Six Rivers National Forest Facebook @SixRiversNF and Mendocino NationalForest @MendocinoNF. If you would like questions answered during the virtual public meeting, submit them through the Facebook pages.