Fire History and Resources

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:

Watch a Cal Fire Video on how to create a defensible space around your home:

Special KMUD News programming aired today giving updates on the latest news about the Lodge Lightning Complex, including homeowners reacting to ‪the ‎Lodge Lightning Complex‬ Evacuation Order given last night (Friday, Aug., 8). Use the SoundCloud player below to hear this program.


The following information and maps were supplied by Bob Barsotti, dated Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 9:43 AM:

"The fire has crossed the fire line on Brushy Mountain and has burned approx 200acres on the east side of the line. They are hitting it hard w/ aircraft today, both heli & fixed wing. They have two new heli's here called sky cranes that are dipping at the gel plant set up at Alder Springs Vineyards pond and dumping the retardant on the fires. Today they are focussing on creating a new fire break through the rangeland east of the fire and west of Hwy 101 trying to make a disconnect if the fire heads further east today. The fire has also crossed the Eel at the mouth of 10 Mile canyon and will probably burn up to Camp Seabow today. They are pretty confidant they can stop it there, but they also felt that way yesterday on Brushy Mt. They are also focusing on stopping it from spreading towards Tan Oak Park by using the fixed wing aircraft dropping retardant all along the line there."

"Here are three maps showing the fire perimeter, the air ops, and the section map. I was especially impressed in the briefing of the pilots this AM when Calfire told them that after dipping in the gel plant, if they aren't sent right back for another load they need to go to their clean out dip to clean their tanks and hoses in case their next mission is to the river, as they cannot dip in the river with retardant in their systems. Hat's off to Calfire for their extreme attention to detail in the  midst of chaos."




Update: From CalFire, posted at 7:00 AM, Aug. 9, 2014: An Evacuation Order has been issued for the area around the eastern boundary of the Lodge Fire in the following areas: Camp Seabow, Elder Place, Tan Oak Park, Bald Mountain Ranch, Mad Creek, Elk Creek east of Brush Mountain.

According to the update, the Lodge Complex has burned 7100 acres, is 30% contained and has involved 11 injuries with 58 structures threatened.

The CalFire Incident update describes the current situation as:
"The fire continues to burn in heavy timber. Firefighters are challenged by steep, rugged terrain with difficult access. Late yesterday afternoon the fire made significant runs on the eastern portion of the fire. Eight firefighters were injured as the fire crested a portion of Brush Mountain. All eight firefighters were transported to burn centers and treated for burns; they remain in stable condition."

An evacuation shelter has been set up by the American Red Cross at the Leggett School, 1 School Way

Please visit www.wildlandfirersg.org for information on how to prepare for an evacuation.

Community meetings will be held today (Sat., Aug 9), in Leggett and Laytonville. The meeting in Leggett will begin at 1:00PM at Leggett School, 1 School Way. The meeting in Laytonville will begin at 5:00PM at the Harwood Hall, 44400 Willis Ave.

The original post on this announcement appears below.


Update Friday evening, Aug. 8: CalFire has now issued an Evacuation Order for the area around the eastern boundary of the Lodge Complex Fire in the area of Elk Creek east of Brush Mountain.

An “Evacuation Order,” means there is an imminent threat to life and property in the affected areas and people in these areas should leave the affected area immediately.

For information Contact: Lodge Complex Information Line, (626) 622-7927

In a previous Media Advisory this area was described as:
Near Camp Seabow, Bowman Ranch Rd, Peterson and Grubb Creeks as well as residences in the areas of:
- Big Bend - Grizzly Creek
- Cedar Flat - Hermitage
- Cummings/Little Red Mountain - Little Dann Creek
- Dann Valley - Tan Oak Park

Please visit www.wildlandfirersg.org for information on how to prepare for an evacuation.

Additional Lodge Lightning Complex Community Meetings are scheduled for this Saturday, August 9th, in Leggett starting at 1 pm at Redwood Mercantile and in Laytonville at 5 pm held in Harwood Hall.

According to information recieved by KMUD News, Sheriff Allman said his office will issue evacuation warnings before any actual evacuations, and suggested that folks make sure they're registered in the county's Reverse 911 system in case evacuation notices are needed.

To register for Reverse 911, go to the website:  https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/DA8386D59377 or call the sheriff’s office for help.  707-463-4411  

The following media advisory was issued by CalFire, Friday August 8:
Subject:    Evacuation Warning issued for the area around the eastern boundary of the Lodge Complex Fire.
Contact:      Lodge Complex Information Line, (626) 622-7927
What:    An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the area around the eastern boundary of the Lodge Fire near Camp Seabow, Bowman Ranch Rd, Peterson and Grubb Creeks as well as residences in the areas of:
- Big Bend                                     - Grizzly Creek
- Cedar Flat                                   -  Hermitage
- Cummings / Little Red Mountain          - Little Dann Creek
- Dann Valley                                    - Tan Oak Park

An, “Evacuation Warning,” means there is a potential threat to life and property in the affected areas. Individuals living in these areas should have a plan and be prepared to leave.

Click here for tips on evacuations.

Click here for a Recording of the community meeting concerning the Lodge Lightning Complex fire, held at Harwood Hall, Laytonville, Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6pm.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Fire Update - Fri. Aug. 8

Written by

Chief RAccording to KMUD News Friday, July 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm -see updated information at the bottom of this post:

Calfire says the Lodge Lightning Complex Fire burning between Leggett and Laytonville is burning 5,400 acres.  

30 bulldozers are working to construct the containment line around the fire, which is 30% complete so far.

Fire activity increased yesterday as the eastern flank of the fire pushed to the south. The fire crossed the Eel River in two areas and continues to grow to the east. Structure defense preparation continues near populated areas and firefighting personnel continue to make progress constructing fire line across the northern and southern boundaries of the fire.

35 structures threatened, but Sheriff Allman said there are NO immediate plans for evacuation.  The Sheriff and all firefighting personnel encouraged local residents to register with Reverse 911, the system used to notify homeowners of an evacuation.

 Sheriff Allman said his office will issue evacuation warnings before any actual evacuations, and suggested folks make sure they're registered in the county's Reverse 911 system in case evacuation notices are needed.

To register for Reverse 911, go to the website …   

or call the sheriff’s office for help.  707-463-4085

151 fire engines working the Lodge Lightning Complex Fire.  And, Calfire has 15 helicopters working the blaze.  


Thousands of acres are on fire in the Klamath National Forest.

The lightning-caused Beaver Fire started July 30th. It is located on the Klamath National Forest near Beaver Creek Road, north of Highway 96 near the Klamath River, in Siskiyou County.

The fire grew again, 17,142 acres are on fire and 20% contained.  

A community meeting has been scheduled for Friday, August 8th at 7:00PM at the Klamath River Community Hall.  

Resources will continue to evaluate structure threats south of Highway 96 and the Klamath River.  Currently, Highway 96 is open to local traffic only.

The advisory evacuation issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has expanded to include the area between Lumgrey Creek to the Doggett Creek.  Evacuees can utilize the Red Cross Shelter at the Jackson Street Elementary School at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka

The July Complex fires are also burning in the Klamath National Forest.

The Complex is burning 10,081  acres.  

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Mandatory Evacuation for the residents of Rainbow Mine, Music Creek, and South Russian Creek and  areas.  These notices are for all residents east of Sawyers Bar on the 40N54 Road.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Evacuation Advisory for residents of Quartz Valley and Mugginsville remains in effect. The notice is for all residents along Quartz Valley Road between Scott River Road and Oro Fino Road.

There is a fire behavior advisory for record low fuel moistures in both live and dead fuels.  Coupled with clearing skys and good ventilation, firefighters expect increased fire behavior. Predictive models show a potential for rapid growth of the Log and Whites fires.

Are You Ready for Wildfire?  For a checklist of things to do if you are in an advisory area, please see CAL FIRE’s site: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/getting_set


For information on smoke conditions and health effects, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a), the National Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring Network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/).Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

During an evacuation advisory you should begin preparing for a potential evacuation order.  Individuals requiring more time to evacuate should consider leaving now.  You should also consider removing large animals and large personal items such as motor homes, boats, and heavy equipment.
Prepare Now For Possible Future Evacuations
•    Pre-plan.  Know what valuables you can remove quickly and take with you.  Plan to take medicines and first aid kit; flashlight, radio and batteries; important papers and cash; clothes, bedding, food.
•    Find out where you are to go if/when you evacuate and how to get there. Have more than one route.
•    Close up the house. Close all windows and doors. Cover all vents if you have time.
•    Close heavy drapes and blinds. Remove flimsy curtains and move furniture away from windows.
•    Put flammable lawn furniture in the house or garage.
•    Turn off the gas or propane. Leave electricity on.
•    If you have to leave a vehicle, leave it pointed out with the keys in the ignition.
•    Take your small pets with you. Don’t forget pet food. If you have livestock in a cleared pasture, and have not had time to evacuate them, leave them alone. If not in a cleared area, open the gates.
•    Keep your driveway clear for fire equipment.
•    Leave a note indicating where you went and a phone number where you can be reached.
•    Locate and mark hazardous materials, septic tanks, water sources, etc.
•    Clean up area around your house.
•    It is recommended that potential evacuees confirm that they have registered their phone numbers in the reverse 9-1-1 (“CODE RED”) system, which will ensure evacuation-related advisories will be provided via email or phone.

The link to the sign up page is: https://cne.coderedweb.com/Default.aspx?groupid=QwwIA%2BxgIwxOjZE7HCORww%3D%3D
Special Tips for Disabled and Elderly Persons
•    Keep your special medications, with duplicate prescriptions, close by and in a safe place where they can be easily reached. These should be ready to be taken with you in case of evacuation.  If required, keep extra bladder bags, catheters and sanitary aids near your medication. A bag, into     which you can scoop these items quickly, is helpful.
•    Keep near you at all times any auxiliary devices you need to aid in your mobility, for example, a walker, crutches, cane, etc.
•    Have extra batteries if you use an electric wheelchair.
•    Have a notebook and pencils available in several locations if you have difficulty in communicating. Written messages will be invaluable to anyone assisting you.
•    Do not forget pet food, harness and equipment if you have a seeing-eye or hearing dog.

Information from Bob Barsotti as of 4:30 pm Friday July 8, 2014:
"Here are todays maps, the top one being the fire divisions and the bottom one being the air ops map. It looks like they've been backfiring on the east line on Brushy Mountain this afternoon. We have the large C-130, maybe 2,  dropping loads of retardant as well as a number of new larger helicopters flying overhead. I'm about 4 miles from the southeast edge of the fire and they are worried about it heading up 10 Mile Creek canyon today. The big push seems to be on the eastern edge on Brushy Mountain where the fire crossed the Eel River in three places by this morning. I'm told they had hose and water tanks all along that edge of the fire this AM so they are ready for it coming that way."

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