Fire History and Resources
This section provides fire history and resource information for Humboldt County and surrounding counties. Major fires reported on KMUD News are posted here and this section will serve as an archive for notable fires in our area.
Fire Resource information:
- To report a fire call 911 and be ready to report:
- that there is a fire.
- where the fire is located.
- the size of the fire.
- Other useful telephone numbers:
- Garberville Area Cal Fire Office: (707) 923-2645
- Cal Fire Humboldt/Del Norte Headquarters in Fortuna: (707) 725-4413
- Arson Hotline: 1-800-468-4408
- Useful Links:
Watch a Cal Fire Video on how to create a defensible space around your home:
This photo was taken from Sprowel Creek Road looking down near the junction of Sprowel Creek with the South Fork Eel River.
Severe smoky conditions on the North Coast are continuing as smoke drifts southward from several fires in Oregon. The fires coincided with numerous lightning strikes in various parts of Oregon. The biggest fire in this cluster (the Sunnyside Turnoff Fire ), located just north of Warm Springs Oregon, has currently burned 51,340 acres and is reported to be 90% contained, according to the Incident Information system (InciWeb), as of Sun., July 28, 2013 at 8 am. The Sunnyside Turnoff Fire began Saturday July 20th, 2013 and was reported to involve 798 firefighting personnel.
- Click here for information on how to protect yourself from smoke.
- Click here for how to protect your family from wildfire smoke.
Multiple fires occurred in our area compounded by lightning strikes, heat, wind and, Fourth of July fireworks. A fire in the Fruitland Ridge area burned one home and threatened another, prompting an attack on the fire using ground crews as well as multiple aircraft.
Also, Fourth of July fireworks are suspected causes of fires in Shelter Cove, including several small fires and a larger fire near Little Black Sands Beach that threatened several homes and presented challenges to fire fighters.
Additionally, several lightening-related fires, including one in the Harris area, were reported and extinguished on July 3. Another fire, that occurred near the intersection of Redwood Drive and Alderpoint Rd., Garberville, on Thurs. July 4, was also extinguished-see photos, above and below, taken by Felix Omai.
Use the player below to hear two fire-related stories, aired on the KMUD Local News Fri., July 5, 2013, by KMUD News correspondent Eileen Russell. The first piece gives details on the recent fires and includes interviews with Cheryl Anthony, Public Information Officer for the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept., and David Janssen Spokesman for Calfire. The second story is a report from Eric Black focusing on fire and other health-related issues associated with climate change and includes excerpts from a talk given by Dr. Wendy Ring, a 56-year old family physician who is riding a bicycle across the country to draw attention to the negative health impacts of climate change.
Recent fires in our state have tapped Northern California CAL FIRE equipment and personnel leaving overall fire resources diminished in our area as hotter, dryer weather leads to increased fire potential. In addition to stretched resources and fire hazard prone weather, our local situation has been impacted by a bout of suspected arson caused blazes.
In an interview, aired on Fri., May 3, 2013 by KMUD News Director Terri Klemetson, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jeremy Monroe indicated that we are in a very elevated fire hazard time right now with the potential for fires to become large fires. Monroe implores people to, "Be careful with fire in the wild lands."
Use the player below to hear the full interview
According to a Cal Fire News Release, dated Oct. 22, 2012:
California’s first significant rainfall of the season, combined with cooler temperatures, has allowed CAL FIRE to lift the statewide burn ban effective Monday, October 22, 2012. CAL FIRE had suspended all residential burn permits and various types of outdoor burning within the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area on August 15, 2012. While the statewide burn ban is lifted, local burn bans set by CAL FIRE’s 21 operational units may still be in effect. Each of the 21 CAL FIRE unit chiefs will determine when local weather conditions will allow for safe outdoor burning. Following the lifting of local burn bans, burn permits may be required in some areas so residents should always check with their local fire station and air quality district before burning.
“While the threat of wildfires has not diminished completely, many areas will be receiving enough rainfall to allow homeowners to safely burn outdoors once their local burn bans are lifted,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director. “It is still important that residents monitor the weather closely, as a warming trend could increase the fire threat.” This fire season has kept firefighters across the State very busy as fire activity has been significantly higher this year. To date, there have been over 5,500 wildfires in CAL FIRE’s jurisdiction that have burned nearly 130,000 acres, compared to last year when there were 4,100 wildfires during the same time period that charred over 55,000 acres. Even with the cooler weather, there is still the possibility of wildfires and CAL FIRE remains prepared to respond.
For more information on Burn Permits and restrictions in your area see the Cal Fire web page at: http://www.fire.ca.gov/fire_protection/fire_protection_burnpermits.php
Humboldt-Del Norte Information:
Information released on Oct. 25, 2012 from the Humboldt-Del Norte Unit indicates:
CAL FIRE Unit Chief Tom Hein is formally cancelling the suspension and also advises that the declared FIRE SEASON has ended for the Humboldt – Del Norte Unit. People wishing to burn are required to obtain a burning permit from the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQMD). They can be contacted at (707) 443-3093. Safe burning still requires a minimum of 10’ clearance around the 4’ piles and an adult must be in attendance at all times. Chief Hein warns people to still use caution when burning, and to pay attention to changing weather conditions. For these permit applications and information, you can contact your local CAL FIRE Station. Burn day information is available at 1-866-287-6329.
CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Chief Christopher P. Rowney has declared the 2012 Fire Season in Mendocino County will end Friday, October 26, 2012 at Midnight.
This year on State Responsibility land in Mendocino County there were 123 wildland fires burning approximately 11,400 acres. In addition to the 123 wildland fires, CAL FIRE, along with local fire departments, responded to 95 structure fires and 482 other fires.
Winter burning season will also begin Friday, October 26, 2012 at Midnight. CAL FIRE will not require burning permits until approximately May 1, 2013. Residents are reminded that BURNING MUST COMPLY WITH MENDOCINO COUNTY AIR QUALITY REGLUATIONS. For more information or to obtain a burn permit visit the MCQAMD web site at www.mendoair.org or call the District office at (707) 463-4354. Recorded Burn Day status is available 24/7 on the Burn Information Line at (707) 463-4391.
Final Update on Flynn Fire - Oct. 4, 2012 @ 6 pm:
The revised area of burn is now at 195 acres with 100% containment. Damage reports include: 1 injury, 1 residence and 9 outbuildings destroyed. Currently firefighters are conducting mop-up & patrol operations and demobilizing resources.
Previous Update on the Flynn Fire as of Oct. 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm - information taken from the Cal Fire incident information web page:
The Flynn Fire, located at Flynn Creek Rd. and Comptche Ukiah Rd, near the community of Comptche, in Mendocino County, began Oct. 1 at around 2:20 pm and has now burned 200 acres and destroyed 5 structures. It is presently 50% contained.
Additional information from a Cal Fire press release, dated Oct. 2 at 8 am, indicated that 20 structures were considered to be still threatened by the fire and listed the current situation as follows: "Fire is burning to the east into commercial timber property. Fire behavior is moderate to extreme with poor relative humidity recovery. Crews continue to construct, improve containment line & begin mop-up efforts."
For more information call the Flynn Fire Information Line at: (707) 456-1810.
Photos below are courtesy of Cal Fire.