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Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Six Rivers Lightning Complex
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: SRF
  • Size (acres): 10,781
  • Percent Contained: 0%
  • Estimate of Containment: August 27, 2022
  • Personnel: 1,245
  • Structures Destroyed:

2022 SRF Lightning Complex (5 fires), Six Rivers NF, USFS. NIMO (NIMO Team 1) and IMT 2 (CA Team 11). One mile northeast of Willow Creek, CA. Timber and slash. Active fire behavior with group torching, uphill runs and spotting. Several communities, structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

August 10, 2022 at 12:29 PM

The Lightning Complex Fire is currently 10,781 acres with 0% containment. There are now 1,245 personnel area assigned to the incident. USFS, CAIIMT 11 and CalFIRE have been working together to create a single unified operational plan to in order to collectively fight fire and support the communities impacted. CalFIRE’s partnership has been an integral part of the effort to suppress the Lightning Complex Fire with their collaborative assistance in protecting life and property.  

Overnight hard work by firefighters in combination with high humidity kept fire growth to a minimum. Higher humidity is expected today on the northern end of the fire and there is not a lot of anticipated movement today.  

A priority today near the Bremer Fire is to continue to improve control lines and secure areas near the cell tower that provides communications to Willow Creek.

Warmer and dryer weather to the east of the Quimby Creek area means a higher potential for active fire behavior. This area may also be impacted by afternoon upcanyon winds Trinity River that push from west to east.  

On the far eastern side of the Campbell Fire, crews will be working to complete dozer line south of Zeigler Point and west of Trinity Village in the Quimby Creek area.

On the Ammon Fire, fire retardant has been dropped in the Ammon Ridge corridor and dozer line and hand line has been created along the south and southeastern side of the fire’s edge. Most of the smoke production has been coming from this fire. Areas south of this fire are hot and dry. Yesterday firefighters saw increased fire activity when good clean air from southwest winds presented. This area is not expected to be as active today.  

Fire Behavior around the northwestern, north and northeastern sides of the fire Complex: Bremer, Waterman and Campbell fires remain influenced by the inversion layer. Growth continues towards the communities of Salyer Heights, Willow Creek and Trinity Center. Fire behavior has moderated with strong marine push into the Willow Creek area. Today’s fire behavior is expected to be muted by a strengthening inversion, though portions of the eastern sides of the fire may get moderately clearer air resulting from southerly winds. Largest growth expected to the west and south of the Oak, Ammon and Charlie Fires.  

Strategic objectives are to keep the fire north of Ammon Ridge, south of Waterman Road, east of the FS-1 road and west of the boundary with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

EVACUATIONS

The fire threatens communities along the Trinity River. Five main fires burn North and South of Highway 299. Primary areas of focus are the communities along the 299 corridor, Waterman Ridge, Friday Ridge Road, and Ammon Ridge. Evacuations continue around Willow Creek, Friday Ridge, Salyer and Trinity Village. Additional fire growth could impact communities and residences along the Route 1 road. To find the latest evacuation information go to Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services (https://humboldtgov.org/2383/Current-Emergencies) or Trinity County Office of Emergency Services (https://www.trinitycounty.org/OES). Evacuation zones can be found at https://community.zonehaven.com/.If you are under an evacuation warning, take the necessary steps to be ready to leave.EVACUATION CENTER

Trinity Valley Elementary School 730 Highway 96, Willow Creek, CA 95573  

ANIMAL EVACUATION CENTER

Hoopa Rodeo Grounds 1767 Pine Creek Rd., Hoopa, CA 95546 Phone: (707) 492-2851 The Hoopa Rodeo Grounds has several single pens and larger pens for whole herds. Call directly if you need directions or help transporting your large animals. They cannot house sheep, goats, poultry, or small animals, but they can potentially help arrange for temporary foster placement. If you can foster, please reach out regarding your availability and capacity.

 

ROAD CLOSURES

State Route 299, State Route 96, and Route 1 remain open to through traffic. Residents are encouraged to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to check for state highway closures. The following roads into evacuation zones have been closed. Residents may still use these roads to travel out of evacuation order zones:

· Horse Linto Creek Road at Saddle Lane
· Country Club Road at Kimtu Bridge
· Friday Ridge Road at Hwy 299

SMOKE

Heavy smoke and strong inversions continue to affect the health of those who are not yet evacuated. Please check https://www.ncuaqmd.org for air quality resources.

August 9, 2022 at 7:31 AM

Fire could threaten communities, infrastructure and areas of tribal concern to the west of the Ammon Fire along the FS-1 road. The Campbell/Bravo fire currently burning around Salyer and Trinity Village will continue to impact the community as well as rolling debris that will impact along HWY299. Bremer Fire will continue to roll out and make short uphill runs with short range spotting above the towns of Willow Creek along Seely Macintosh road.

Weather: An upper level low persists about 350 mi off the coast for the next couple of days, then is expected to track northward Wednesday. A weak shortwave moving around the low sparked a brief period of weak showers in northeastern Trinity early this morning, although this should clear up well before dawn. Otherwise, the low offshore will continue to promote stable and climatologically normal weather, with persistent coastal stratus that weakens in the afternoons and mostly cloud-free inland skies. Light winds will likely allow for wildfire smoke to accumulate in some interior valleys during the next few days, primarily in the Trinity River drainage across northeastern Humboldt and northern Trinity counties.

Planned Actions

Working to find areas to go direct on the fires while continuing to provide community defense for Willow Creek, Seely McIntosh, Salyer heights and other scattered and unincorporated areas along the Trinity River. Work with tribal liaisons to minimize impacts and post-fire suppression effects to cultural resources.

Fire crew transport vehicles damaged in Lightning Complex

On August 6, 2022, two parked fire vehicles belonging to the Bureau of Indian Affairs were damaged while the crews were working on initial attack of the Waterman Fire, part of the Six Rivers National Forest Lightning Complex. Fortunately, none of the crewmembers were near the vehicles when they were burned over and no injuries occurred as a result of this incident. A review of the incident is underway.

August 8, 2022 at 6:50 PM

There is a planned transition to Unified command on 8/9. Type 2 CA team 11 (Fogle) in command. NIMO Team (Kurth) assigned. 200 people are evacuated, another 100 are sheltering in place.

Fire is threatening communities along the Trinity river. Heavy smoke and strong inversions continue to affect the health of those individuals who are not yet evacuated. Fire is threating Hwy 299 a major east west transportation route between the coast and the Central Valley. Hwy 299 is also the evacuation route out of the fire area. Thick smoke and strong inversions due to steep terrain make driving difficult. Long drive times combined with steep dirt roads and smoke inversions could cause extremely long response times it there was the need for an emergency transport or evac.

There may be a significant impact to endangered Coho Salmon, Marbled Murrelet, Northern Spotted Owl habitat and Late Successional Reserves if these areas are further impacted by the fire. Cultural resources include historic residences and culturally significant sites of high importance to local tribes. There will also be trail and road closure as well as ongoing evacuations. Threats to residential structures, infrastructure, and private property, including the towns of Willow Creek, Salyer, Salyer Heights and Trinity Village continue to increase. Critical infrastructure including major power transmission lines, community water supplies, and state and county roadways are being impacted by the fire. Numerous unincorporated areas and communities along the Trinity River remain threatened and evacuated.

August 8, 2022 at 12:27 PM

Per the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office an EVACUATION WARNING is being issued for the following areas- Fisher Road and all residences off of Fisher Road.

Area residents and visitors in the above listed areas if elderly, have medical issues, have small children, or have livestock and pets, need to be prepared to leave the area in case of increased fire activity. While leaving the area use caution as emergency vehicles assisting with evacuations, structure protection and fire suppression efforts will be on the roadways.

August 8, 2022 at 11:11 AM

Yesterday as of 6:00pm California Interagency Incident Management Team 11, led by Incident Commander Chris Fogle, assumed management of the Six Rivers Complex Incident. 

Crews worked overnight in effort stop fire spread. This is a full suppression fire. Firefighters will aggressively fight fire whenever it is safe to do so. Today crews will continue fire suppression efforts with the objective of keeping the fire west of Lone Pine, south of Horse Linto Creek, east of Brannan Ridge and north of Ammon Ridge.  

Last year’s snow event left a lot of trees dead and down on the ground. If ignited, these can result in fire behavior that is more substantial than what would usually be anticipated this time of year. 

A community meeting is being held today at 3:00pm at the Willow Creek Bible Church located at: 39 Brannan Mountain Road in Willow Creek. This meeting will be in-person and available online on the Six Rivers National Forest Facebook page.  

WEATHER:

Today’s weather will be similar to yesterday. The deep inversion resulted in good humidity recovery overnight in the 90% range. Humidity today will drop to 30-40%. Temperatures will be around 80 degrees with higher temperatures in the valleys. General surface winds will be 5-10 mph out of the north and in the afternoon, gusts will be 15 mph.  

The inversion and high humidity recovery overnight throughout the day today will moderate fire behavior. The inversion layer is expected to break around 12:00 for the southern fires and around 2:00pm today for the northern fires. Air operations will be possible when the air is clear.  

NEW EVACUATION ORDERS HUMBOLDT COUNTY:

HUM-E077-B Zone description: north of Friday Ridge Road, Forest Route 5n01. South of Friday Ridge Road. East of 5n10, 5n09, 5n27 and west for South Fork Road, Forest Route 5n42.  

EVACUATION ORDERS HUMBOLDT COUNTY:

HUM-E056, HUM-E057, HUM-E058, HUM-E061, HUM-E077-C south and east of Willow Creek. 

EVACUATION ORDERS TRINITY COUNTY:

Salyer Heights, Salyer Loop, to the bridge at 299 and Campbell Ridge Road.  

EVACUATION CENTER:

Trinity Valley Elementary School 

730 Highway 96, Willow Creek 

To find the latest up-to-date evacuation information go to humboldtsheriff.org/emergency, or Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services or Trinity County Office of Emergency Services. Evacuation zones can be found at community.zonehaven.com. If you are under an evacuation warning, be ready to leave.  

August 7, 2022 at 7:19 PM

Lower areas of the fire were under the inversion for most of the burn period but burned very actively above this layer.

Planned Actions: Working to find areas to go direct on the fires while continuing to provide community defense for Willow Creek, Seely McIntosh, Salyer Heights and other scattered and unincorporated areas along the Trinity River. Work with tribal liaisons to minimize impacts and post-fire suppression effects to cultural resources

August 7, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Six Rivers Lightning Complex – Community Meeting 
 
August 8, 2022 at 3pm
 
Willow Creek Bible Church  
39 Brannon Mountain Road 
Willow Creek, CA 95573 

August 7, 2022 at 11:30 AM

The public is advised that two new zones are now in an Evacuation Order and include HUM-E056 and HUM-E057. This is in addition to zones HUM-E077-C, HUM-E058 and HUM-E061, south and east of Willow Creek. Trinity County Evacuation orders are in place for Salyer Heights, Salyer Loop to the bridge at 299 and Campbell Ridge Road. An evacuation center has been established at Trinity Valley Elementary School, located at 730 Highway 96, Willow Creek.

To find the latest up-to-date evacuation information go to humboldtsheriff.org/emergency, or Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services or Trinity County Office of Emergency Services. Evacuation zones can be found at community.zonehaven.com. If you are under an evacuation warning, be ready and don’t wait until the last minute to leave.

Warm temperatures today could contribute to more extreme fire behavior. Firefighters will continue to provide protection for structures, infrastructure, and wildlife habitat. The total size of  the Six Rivers Lightning Complex is 1,101 acres with zero containment.

The Type 2 Incident Management Team 11, led by Incident Commander Christopher Fogle, will assume command of the Six Rivers Lightning Complex today at 6:00pm. Additional ground and aerial firefighting resources have been ordered and are enroute to be deployed to this emerging wildfire incident.

August 7, 2022 at 10:25 AM

Per the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office an EVACUATION ORDER is being issued for the following areas: All of Fountain Ranch Road and all roads off of Fountain Ranch including Councilman Road, Gravel Road, Stanley Z Road, Sugar Magnolia Lane, Galaxy Drive and Quimby Road. Please use caution while evacuating, safety personnel and vehicles will be in the area.

The evacuation orders given on 8-6-22 are still under effect

Evacuation Center is at Trinity Valley Elementary School, 730 N Highway 96 Willow Creek, CA 95573.

August 6, 2022 at 7:56 PM

Extreme fire behavior with group torching and running. Structures are threatened with Evacuation Orders and Warnings in effect. Road, area and trail closures are in effect.

Type 2 CA team 11 (Fogle) is assigned, tentative in-brief planned for 8/7. This complex is comprised of 11 fires.

August 6, 2022 at 2:10 PM

Twelve lightning caused fires were identified on August 5th and are a result of thunderstorms that moved across the forest. Due to the aggressive initial attack of Six Rivers National Forest fire fighters and cooperating agencies there are now only 8 active fires. The focus for Six Rivers management and firefighters remains suppression of the remaining wildfires and providing public safety.

Evacuations orders are in place in Humboldt County for zones HUM-E077-C, HUM-E058 and HUM-E061, south and east of Willow Creek. Trinity County Evacuation orders are in place for Salyer Heights, Salyer Loop to the bridge at 299 and Campbell Ridge Road. Evacuation zones can be found at community.zonehaven.com. An evacuation center has been established at Trinity Valley Elementary School, located at 730 Highway 96, Willow Creek.

The Six Rivers Lightning Complex is a very active emerging incident. Evacuation orders and warnings frequently change.

For more information and up to date evacuation information go to humboldtsheriff.org/emergency, or Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services or Trinity County Office of Emergency Services

Due to the management complexity of these fires, Type 2 Incident Management Team 11, led by Incident Commander Christopher Fogle, will assume command of the Six Rivers Lightning Complex on August 7th at 6:00pm.

The following are the fires currently managed by Six Rivers National Forest:

Campbell Fire (Photo credit: Basho Watson Parks)

WATERMAN: Approx. 75 acres. Fire is located northeast of Willow Creek on Waterman Ridge Road 7N02 Forest Route 4.

CEDAR: Approx. 80 acres. Fire is located near Waterman Fire. 

BREMER: 15 acres. Fire is located northeast of Willow Creek on ridgetop above the Bigfoot Subdivision. 

FRIDAY: Fire is located south of Willow Creek ½ mile up Friday Ridge Rd from Hwy 299.  

OAK: 200 acres. Fire is located south of Willow Creek. Near FS Road 5N31 and 6N20. 

CHARLIE: Contained. Located south of Willow Creek near the Oak Fire and along FS Road 6N20.

CORRAL: Fire is located northeast of Willow Creek on Tish Tang Ridge.

CAMPBELL: Due to fire activity, the Bravo and Campbell fire have merged and is now being called the Campbell fire. Approx. 150 acres. Located south of Willow Creek on the west side of Campbell Ridge above Campbell Ridge above Campbell Ridge Road.