While the Hobo fire near Helena was said to be 90 percent contained by Tuesday, another wildfire pushed its way farther into the South County Tuesday morning. Driven by high winds and low humidity under a red flag warning, the Hopkins fire, part of the August Complex, is burning about 30 miles southeast of Hayfork, and about 10 miles south of Platina.
The community of Three Forks, in Ruth, is under mandatory evacuations, including Horse Ridge Road to Travis Ranch Road.
Multiple Trinity County agencies to include Sheriff’s deputies, marshals, and USFS law enforcement officers are responding to the area to assist residents with evacuations. A temporary evacuation point has been established at Mad River High School at 600 Van Duzen Road.
The Trinity County Office of Emergency Services is advising people to use Upper Mad River Road to Ruth and Mad River for evacuation.
For further information contact the T.C. Office of Emergency Services Manager Ed Prestley at 623-1116.
“The Hopkins Fire (19,782 acres) has spread further into the Yolla Bolly – Middle Eel Wilderness, according to a US Forest Service report Tuesday, and fire activity was expected to continue to increase throughout the day. East of the Hopkins fire is the Elkhorn fire, estimated at 47,140 acres Tuesday.”
Winds changed direction and dissipated smoke, so firefighters were able to better see what they were up against.
“With the improved visibility from cleared skies, air operations were able to safely conduct water drops on Monday. Several scoopers and helicopters dropped water on the Hopkins fire,” the USFS report said. “On the southwestern portion of the August Complex, eight air tankers and two helicopters dropped water in the Monkey Rock area throughout the day.”
Evacuations were ordered in Glenn County and portions of Mendocino and Lake counties.
The August Complex currently sits at 356,312 acres and 24 percent contained. The Hull, Doe, Tatham, and Glade fires have merged to form one large fire. There are 1,162 resources committed to the August Complex.
Mendocino National Forest officials updated the area closure for the August Complex on Sept. 5. The Forest Order 08-20-12 and map are posted on the forest website: https://tinyurl.com/yykjydbf.
The most up to date information on the August Complex can be found on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6983/.
Red Salmon Complex
As of Tuesday morning the Red Salmon Complex 14 miles northeast of Willow Creek was at 47,934 acres and 20 percent contained.
Suppression resources will continue to build new line and prep existing historical line created from the Corral fire of 2013.
The 10N02 road will serve as a primary line for future tactical firing operations to contain fire west and northwest to the Hoopa Reservation Boundary.
More information can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6891/.