Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Six Rivers Lightning Complex
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: SRF
  • Size (acres): 41,540
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: October 3, 2022
  • Personnel: 645
  • Structures Destroyed: 8

2022 SRF Lightning Complex, Six Rivers NF, USFS. One mile northeast of Willow Creek, CA. Timber and light slash. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

September 14, 2022 at 9:22 AM

The Six Rivers Lightning Complex is currently 41,540 acres with 95% containment and 645 personnel assigned to the incident. Ammon – 11,465 acres; Campbell – 30,095 acres.

Again, cooler temperatures and good humidity recoveries yesterday assisted firefighters in their efforts and the fire experienced no significant fire behavior. The trough of low pressure is expected to continue this trend for the week. This is expected to keep fire activity to a minimum.

CAIIMT 15 will enter into transition with incoming Southern Area Gray Team (Type 3) today with transfer of command at 0700 on Thursday morning, Sept 15th.

September 13, 2022 at 9:49 AM

The Six Rivers Lightning Complex is currently 41,548 acres with 93% containment and 704 personnel assigned to the incident. Ammon – 11,465 acres; Campbell – 30,083 acres.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidifies are expected to continue through this week as a Pacific trough of low pressure influences the region. Lows will be mainly in the 50s, with upper 40s in the lower valleys, with highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s. This is expected to keep fire activity to a minimum and help mop up efforts.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the perimeter of the Ammon and Campbell Fires while conducting mop up, back haul, and repair operations. Fire weakened trees remain a major concern and there have been a number that have fallen across roads. Falling crews will continue to address the issue. Pockets of unburned fuel in the interior will continue to smolder and residents may see small smoke outputs from those.

Air quality continues to improve. You can monitor the air conditions in your area at the AirNow Fire and Smoke Map – https://fire.airnow.gov .

Type 3 Southern Area Gray Team will in brief with Team 15 on September 14th and assume command at 0700 on September 15th .

September 11, 2022 at 11:10 AM

Cooler temperatures today and into next week, will be favorable for the current management strategies on the Lightning Complex. Fire crews will continue to monitor fire lines as heat pockets remain in the interior of the fire area.  Resource Advisors (READs) are working in cooperation with US Forest Service and Hoopa Valley Tribal authorities to identify and preserve culturally, historically, and ecologically important sites within the fire areas. 

Steep slopes combined with heavy dead fuel from last winter’s snow event, creates potential for smoldering material to come loose and roll across control lines. However, the likelihood of spot fires outside of the line is decreasing with the improving weather conditions. Firefighters will continue to patrol the control lines to ensure there are no unexpected changes. 

The major focus at this stage of incident management remains on suppression repair. Suppression repair entails placing drainage dips along equipment lines, chipping brush and tree limbs that were cut along roadways, removing hazard trees, and repairing damaged roads. This work is extremely important to minimize erosion that can occur from storm events following a wildfire. Increased attention will also be focused on backhauling pumps and hose from the fireline back to this Incident Command Post to be refurbished and sent back to the supply cache where it can be deployed to the next fire. 

September 11, 2022 at 9:05 AM

Lands surrounding the incident under Forest Service management remain within a forest closure. All evacuation warnings have been lifted.

Safety concerns include personnel dehydration and heat exhaustion from high temperatures and low humidity, snags and rolling debris along fire lines, and travel between camp and the line. Look out concerns include fire weakened trees across the fire.

Mitigating steps are being taken for the spread of Covid-19.

The threat to communities has been reduced and areas are being repopulated. Cultural and natural resource concerns including commercial and residential structures remain at risk; with impacts to aquatic and avian wildlife, and Late-Successional Reserves in areas of fire spread. Available fuels still expected to burn and make smoke impacts a continued concern.

September 9, 2022 at 11:47 AM

Ammon – 11,465 acres; Campbell – 30,075 acres, with38 acres of interior growth. 

Yesterday was another hot day across the fire area. A Remote Automated Weather System (RAWS), near the west-southwest area of the fire, registered 1040 at 5:00 pm. A burning tree fell into an unburned pocket of fuel, causing a minor flare on Lone Pine Ridge control line one the north side of the Campbell Fire. Crews were aided by helicopter support to extinguish flames before they could threaten the containment line.  

Today, fire crews will continue to patrol the perimeter looking for any remaining hotspots. Firefighters will continue to fall hazard trees along roadways within the burned area and continue with suppression repair. Intense heat is expected again today but temperatures should begin to decrease over the next few days. Smoke production will decrease as fire activity declines, improving overall air quality. You can monitor the air conditions in your area at the AirNow Fire and Smoke Map – https://fire.airnow.gov.   

ROAD CLOSURES 

Due to a large presence of fire personnel and machinery working to build containment lines for the Ammon Fire, residents are asked to limit travel on Titlow Hill Road/Route 1 in zones HUM-E052 and HUM-E062 to essential traffic only. Residents may still use roads to travel out of evacuation order zones: 

The following roads into evacuation zones have been closed. 

  • Forest Route 7n15 at Six Rivers Forest Boundary  

  The following roads are restricted to local traffic only: 

  • Horse Linto Creek Road at Saddle Lane (Open to residents only) 
  • 6N06 Sandy Bar (Route6) 
  • Titlow Hill Road (Route1) at Horse Mountain Botanical Area 

State Route 299 remains open to through traffic. Residents are encouraged to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to check for state highway closures. 

September 6, 2022 at 11:59 AM

A Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been established by the Six Rivers National Forest (NF) to begin a post-fire burned area assessment of the Six Rivers Lightning Complex fires that recently burned on Forest Service federal lands, and private lands.

BAER teams coordinate with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Weather Service (NWS), US Geological Survey (USGS), National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), Tribes, and other federal, state, and local agencies as they assess potential post-fire impacts to the burned watersheds

September 6, 2022 at 8:46 AM

After five weeks of hard work, our night shift Firefighters worked their last night shift yesterday evening.

Record-breaking heat is possible today, as high temperatures soar into the 100’s at the lower elevations. At the higher elevations of the fire, the temperatures are expected to be well into the 90’s. Accompanying the hot temperatures is a very dry airmass and breezy northwesterly winds. Firefighters have been focusing on bolstering control lines and “mopping-up” identified areas of heat along the eastern portion of the Campbell Fire’s perimeter. In preparation for this critical weather, heavy equipment has been improving the contingency lines along the Lone Pine Ridge as a back-up control line if it was needed. The 2015 River Complex is directly east of the current control lines. There are reduced fuel loads in this relatively recent burned area, which increases the probability of success for suppressing any spot fires which may occur. Firefighter’s will continue to patrol and monitor the Ammon fire, while wildfire crews continue repair on roads and suppression lines utilizing heavy equipment.

The higher wind speeds will increase mixing of air today, causing more smoke to be transported from the area. Additionally, the morning inversion will lift early today and improve overall air quality throughout mid-day.

September 5, 2022 at 7:45 AM

Another night of excellent weather recovery enabled crews to take advantage of favorable conditions and improve containment lines around the portions of the fire recently controlled. Fire activity remained limited to the large island of unburned vegetation within the center of the Campbell fire. Fire behavior within this island is described as backing, flanking, and short uphill runs. Fire behavior around the remainder of the fire was minimal with creeping and smoldering occurring in the dry dead ground fuels.

Resources will concentrate on holding, improving and patrolling fire lines. Areas of concern due to roll-out, hazard trees, and spotting potential remain in the North East portions of Branch 1 which could impact the Hoopa Tribal Land, and the SouthEast which could impact Trinity village, Hawkins Bar and Values along the 299 corridor. Suppression repairs have begun in Branch 10 on 9-3-22.

September 4, 2022 at 9:12 AM

Lands surrounding the incident under Forest Service management remain within a forest closure. Repopulation of effected areas continue as containment continues. Evacuation Zones HWK-480 and SAL 492 are located within the Campbell Fire and remain under an evacuation warning. In Trinity County Zones HWK-481, HWK-482, and HWK-483 and in Humboldt County HUME032, HUM-061-A and HUM-058 also remain under an evacuation warning.

Communities remain threatened; however, the threat has been reduced and areas are being repopulated. Cultural and natural resource concerns including commercial and residential structures remain at risk; there may still be impacts to aquatic and avian wildlife, and Late-Successional Reserves in areas of fire spread.

September 3, 2022 at 11:40 AM

Wildland firefighters will continue efforts to increase containment on the remaining two fires of the Six Rivers Lightning Complex. The Ammon fire has experience minimal growth over the past week, however, interior smoldering of ground fuels will persist with limited threats to control lines. The Campbell fire also remained within the control lines yesterday.

Today, firefighters will focus efforts on holding and improving the control lines near Cedar Creek on the north end of the fire and above the communities of Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar near the southeastern perimeter.

A National Infrared Operations fixed wing aircraft conducted an overnight flight to identify the remaining pockets of heat across the fire area. Today, ground resources will target those hotspots to limit the potential for future spread. Fire resources will continue tactical patrols due to the steep terrain and abundance of burning dead ground fuel, to lessen the threat of hot material rolling across the mid-slope roads causing spot fires outside of the control lines along all the perimeters.

Most of the current smoke production is being generated from several large, unburned pockets of vegetation well within the perimeter of the Campbell fire. The northeast winds in the early morning may bring smoke into communities West and South of the fire area. The overall decrease in fire behavior should improve air quality in the coming days.

Check out the Six Rivers Smoke Outlook for more information: https://outlooks.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlook/65384a03.

ROAD CLOSURES
Due to a large presence of fire personnel and machinery working to build containment lines for the Ammon Fire, residents are asked to limit travel on Titlow Hill Road/Route 1 in zones HUM-E052 and HUM-E062 to essential traffic only. Residents may still use roads to travel out of evacuation order zones:

The following roads into evacuation zones have been closed.
– Forest Route 7n15 at Six Rivers Forest Boundary
The following roads are restricted to local traffic only:
– Horse Linto Creek Road at Saddle Lane (Open to residents only)
– 6N06 Sandy Bar (Route 6)
– Titlow Hill Road (Route 1) at Horse Mountain Botanical Area

State Route 299 remains open to through traffic. Residents are encouraged to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to check for state highway closures.

September 2, 2022 at 8:18 PM

Fire behavior remained moderated by the smoke inversion and became more active in the late afternoon as the smoke lifted and wind increased. Activity can be described as creeping, backing, and flanking as the fire consumed the remaining unburned islands within the interior of the Campbell fire.

September 1, 2022 at 9:55 AM

With thick smoke laying over the fire, vertical lift was limited, and fire activity remained below the anticipated levels on Wednesday. This smoke was a positive for operations on the fireline, but unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

The fire fight did not stop because of poor visibility in the smoke. On the Ammon Fire, firefighters worked near Madden Creek to tie together control lines through heavy timber blowdown. In other areas of the fire they were assigned to strengthen containment and carry on with suppression repair projects. 

In the north, east, and south sides of the Campbell Fire, the full suppression efforts of firefighters are making great progress. Wednesday, containment increased by ten percent, control lines were tied together, and defensive firing operations continued to take away the fire’s ability to make large destructive runs and greatly reduced the threat to the Hoopa Valley Reservation. In preparation of the fire’s potential, firefighters once again were assigned to the Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar areas to defend structures if necessary. 

Overnight the level of fire activity was low on the Ammon Fire and moderate on the Campbell Fire. Aside from one spot fire across the line on the Campbell fire, which was quickly contained, operations consisted of holding control lines and creating greater depth on containment lines. 

Thursday, the critical area is the southern portion of the Campbell Fire. Firefighters will once again stage in the areas of Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar as a structure protection task force, while control lines north of their location are tied together. Elsewhere on each fire, containment lines will be strengthened and fire suppression repair work will continue. 

Please check https://outlooks.airfire.org/outlook/65384a03 for air quality resources. 

August 31, 2022 at 10:26 PM

Plans are to concentrate resources East of the fire and North of Trinity village to hold control lines and to utilize firing as needed to clean up interior islands and minimize fire risk to the community. Crews will mop up Lone Pine Ridge Road and dozer lines to strengthen primary control line. Fire may dictate crews and engines to adjust burning tactics due to weather and fire activity. Crews will continue to implement structure protection plans as needed. Suppression repair will continue in Branch 10 as conditions and resources allow.

Very dense smoke throughout the fire area with visibility less than one mile. The smoke did impact temperatures slightly, but the fire area still saw high temperatures around 90 to 95° at lower elevations that were below the inversion, and in the mid-80s at elevations above 2000 ft. Overnight relative humidity (RH) recovery was poor with maximum RHs around 50 to 60%. Through the day, the area saw reduced humidity that once again reached into the high teens along exposed terrain and ridges, with lower elevations slightly higher with RH in the 20s. South to southeast winds persisted through the morning, becoming west northwesterly in the afternoon.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Very similar weather conditions expected on Thursday with humidity ranging from 18 to 25%, and temperatures in the mid to upper 80s above the inversion, and near 90 below the inversion. Winds will continue to be seen from the southeast and will shift to westerly winds in the afternoon. Humidity will remain dry, with poor overnight recoveries. East winds will remain light overnight and into the morning, before the westerly transition. The area could see some higher gusts along the most exposed ridges and westerly aligned terrain. The inversion looks to be slightly lower on Thursday, and mixing heights will follow.

August 31, 2022 at 9:26 AM

The weather experienced Tuesday was just as forecasted and the dry, hot weather trend meant clear sunny skies over the Campbell and Ammon fires. This change from the humid and smoky air allowed aircraft to support ground operations, but it also increased fire activity. 

The increased fire activity began Monday night with a spot fire near Zeigler Point, on the Campbell Fire. Throughout the night firefighters worked to contain the spot and by Tuesday morning these operations became the priority on the two fires. As firefighters fought to build containment line around the spot fire, a structure protection task force was deployed to the communities of Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar. The task force familiarized themselves with the area, tested water pumps, and cleared around properties to ensure the community was prepared should the fire 

 front push their direction. Elsewhere on the Campbell Fire, firefighters made great progress by completing the Tish Tang Ridge contingency, while defensive firing operations continued around Lone Pine Ridge, Horse Linto Campground, and Groves Prairie Rd. Fire activity was less active on the Ammon Fire, where firefighters continued strengthening containment lines. While the fire activity was not as active as the Campbell Fire, the Ammon Fire is not fully contained and still posses a significant risk from spot fires and roll out. While the strategy of full suppression continues, work has also begun on Ammon Fire suppression repair work. 

Overnight, unmanned aerial systems assisted the firefighters and heavy equipment operators on the ground with firing operations and aerial reconnaissance. When conditions were favorable, firing operations continued to establish additional control line. 

Wednesday, high temperatures are forecasted and are expected to produce high to extreme fire behavior. The structure defense task force will remain in place and the priority will be to complete control lines above the communities of Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar ahead of the progressing fire spread. 

Please check https://outlooks.airfire.org/outlook/65384a03 for air quality resources. 

August 30, 2022 at 9:23 AM

Monday, firefighters began their day with an excellent hold on most areas of the fire after several days of highly effective defensive firing operations. This positive position is a direct result of the full suppression strategy and the tireless efforts of the firefighters on the fire line.

Through Monday, the Ammon Fire held within its current footprint. Firefighters remained engaged around the fire, extinguishing hot spots and securing control lines around Madden Creek. In addition, fire suppression repair work has begun on the contingency lines of the Ammon Fire. Firefighters assigned to the Campbell Fire carried on with their primary objective of completing defensive firing operations along designated control lines. Efforts were concentrated around Horse Linto Campground, Lone Pine Ridge, and Groves Prairie Road. In the areas where firing operations have been completed, there is a large buffer intended to stop the forward progress of the fire.

In the evening hours of Monday, fire activity increased in the southeast portion of the Campbell Fire. Aerial reconnaissance identified a spot fire south of the control line at Zeigler Ridge. Firefighters today will pick up where night operations left off, prioritizing the containment of the spot fire near Zeigler Point. The structure protection task force will remain assigned to the areas of Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar.

Please check https://outlooks.airfire.org/outlook/65384a03 for air quality resources.

August 29, 2022 at 9:41 PM

The containment percentage has been updated to correctly reflect the amount of the fire perimeter that is deemed as fully contained. Although this represents a sizable reduction to the containment percentage, it should be noted that much of the control lines have been completed and are nearing containment classification. The Ammon Fire continues to hold within its current footprint and crews continue to strength and hold the remaining areas of line that are not fully contained. Firefighters assigned to the Campbell Fire have had great success in the past several days conducting defensive firing operations along the control lines on Lone Pine Ridge and to the north of the fire. Crews continue to build this buffer ahead of the incoming fire front in an effort to slow and stop the forward spread.

August 29, 2022 at 8:57 AM

The weather on Sunday was sunny, but smoky. For the next few days a slight rise in temperatures and drop in humidity have been forecasted. Caution will be exercised, as fire activity is likely to remain low with potential to become moderate to high. 

Sunday, firefighters continued with mop up on the Ammon Fire, working systematically to extinguish many smoldering fires. This labor-intensive work is important to ensure no spot fires or rollout occur outside of containment lines. On the Campbell Fire, defensive firing operations were continued. The areas in which firing efforts were concentrated were, along Lone Pine Ridge and Groves Prairie Road. The firing operations have been very successful thus far, creating good depth along the control line ahead of the advancing fire front.  

Monday, a structure protection task force has been assigned to the areas of Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar. They will remain in place as firefighters continue to strengthen control lines, construct contingency lines, and conduct more defensive firing operations.  

Please check https://outlooks.airfire.org/outlook/65384a03 for air quality resources. 

August 28, 2022 at 9:02 PM

Active fire behavior with flanking, torching and spotting reported today.

August 28, 2022 at 9:15 AM

Saturday, an inversion layer over the Ammon and Campbell fires kept fire activity low throughout most of the day. This weather pattern has proved beneficial for fire suppression, but temperatures are forecasted to rise slightly by Monday, which could increase fire activity. 

Firefighters are continuing to monitor and strengthen the containment lines around both the Ammon and Campbell fires. The Ammon Fire experienced low fire activity Saturday, staying within its current footprint. On the Campbell Fire, firefighters made progress conducting defensive firing operations along the Lone Pine Ridge control line. To date, defensive firing operations have been conducted along approximately seven miles of planned control lines. Scouting is continually being done around the proposed control line to find safe options to shrink the current proposed burn area. 

The plan for Sunday is to continue defensive firing operations, strengthen any weak points in containment lines, prepare areas south of the Campbell Fire for structure defense, and bring the Tish Tang Ridge contingency closer to completion.  

Please check https://outlooks.airfire.org/outlook/65384a03 for air quality resources. 

COMMUNITY MEETINGS 

 To provide our communities with the most accurate and up to date information, a community meeting has been scheduled in Hoopa, CA. Those attending in-person or virtually will hear from Incident Command staff and local leaders. Virtually at: www.facebook.com/SixRiversNF 

Sunday, August 28th, 2022, 3:00 p.m. 

Hoopa Fire Department and OES 

11120 CA-96 

Hoopa, CA 95546

August 26, 2022 at 9:46 PM

Active to very active fire behavior is expected prior to the evening marine push. Elevated winds will keep the fire behavior in the active range on the ridges and spotting could be a problem.

Due to the progression of fire behavior, zone HUM-E032-C has been consolidated with zone HUM-E032 and is now under an Evacuation Warning.

Zone description:
NORTH OF Forest Route 7n02
SOUTH OF Hoopa Valley Reservation
EAST OF Trinity River
WEST OF County Line

August 26, 2022 at 8:49 AM

With forecasted weather predicting hot and dry conditions Thursday, firefighters were prepared for high or extreme fire activity. As the day went on, the heavy smoke from the fire reduced the preheating of vegetation and kept the humidity higher. As a result, fire activity remained low to moderate for another day. 

The Ammon Fire, experienced another spot fire across the line Thursday morning, near its southeast corner. The spot was recognized early and contained. The possibility for spot fires remains a threat, so firefighters continue to monitor and improve containment lines. The Campbell Fire, is the most active of the two fires. There, firefighters are strengthening containment lines, preparing control lines, establishing contingency lines, and conducting defensive firing operations. The fire is burning in areas with no recent fire history with significant dead and down trees. The potential for significant fire activity is a concern, so the priority is to complete the primary control line along Lone Pine Ridge and contingency line along Tish Tang Ridge. 

Thursday night, weather conditions remained favorable for the defensive firing operations. The sections of control line that were fired from saw good consumption of fuels which creates a wide buffer ahead of the main fire front. Moving into Friday, there is no predicted weather that would restrict the ability to continue with defensive firing. 

To provide our communities with the most accurate and up to date information, two community meetings have been scheduled. Those attending in-person or virtually will hear from Incident Command staff and local leaders. Virtual at: www.facebook.com/SixRiversNF 

Saturday, August 27th, 2022, 10:00 a.m. 

Hawkins Bar Volunteer Fire Department 

71 Trinity Court 

Burnt Ranch, CA 95527 

Sunday, August 28th, 2022, 3:00 p.m. 

Hoopa Fire Department and OES 

11120 CA-96 

Hoopa, CA 95546 

August 25, 2022 at 6:30 PM

As work continues to progress in the containment of the Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire, Evacuation Warnings for the following zones have been lifted:      HUM-E056, HUM-E057, HUM-E061-B, and HUM-E064. 

HUM-E056

NORTH OF Peach Tree Lane, Patterson Road, River Bend Road, Bigfoot Scenic Byway 

SOUTH OF Horse Linto Creek Road, Bigfoot Scenic Byway 

EAST OF Trinity River 

WEST OF Horse Linto Creek Road 

HUM-E057

NORTH OF Seeley Mc Intosh Road 

SOUTH OF Patterson Road 

EAST OF River Bend Road, Patterson Road 

WEST OF Moonset Lane 

HUM-E061-B

NORTH OF Sign Tree Lane 

SOUTH OF Bremer Creek 

EAST OF Trinity River 

WEST OF Six Rivers Forest Boundary 

HUM-E064

NORTH OF Trinity Highway, Wood Lane, Friday Ridge Road 

SOUTH OF Campbell Ridge Road, Triple R Lane, Butterfly Creek Road, Kimberly Drive, Trinity Highway 

EAST OF Trinity Highway 

WEST OF Wood Lane, Campbell Ridge Road 

ALL OTHER EVACUATION ORDERS AND WARNINGS REMAIN IN PLACE.  

August 25, 2022 at 5:16 PM

Per the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, the following areas have been REDUCED to an Evacuation Warning– from Salyer Heights south to Highway 299 and from Quimby Creek west to the Humboldt County line. This area includes zones 490, 491, 493, 494, 495, 496, and 497.

While driving in the area use caution as emergency vehicles assisting with evacuations, structure protection and fire suppression efforts will be on the roadways.

Evacuation Warnings from earlier remain in effect for the following areas Zone 483 – Fisher Road and all residences off of Fisher Road, Trinity Village, Wallen Ranch Road
Zone 482 – Suzy Q Road and all roads off of Suzy Q Road
Zone 480 – Ziegler Point Road / Forest Service Road 7N04 

August 25, 2022 at 9:26 AM

Wednesday, the tail end of a passing marine layer kept fire activity low through most of the day. Once the weather trend had passed, fire activity increased in the afternoon hours. A positive aspect of the change in weather was clear skies which allowed aircraft to fly and support firefighters on the ground. 

On the Ammon Fire, commitment to ensuring lines are holding is clear. For several days the footprint has remained the same because of the constant monitoring and improvement of containment lines. At the Campbell Fire, the number one priority has been to prepare the primary control line along Lone Pine Ridge and contingency line along Tish Tang Ridge. Containment lines around the perimeter are also being monitored and strengthened.  

After days of preparation and line construction, defensive firing operations got underway Wednesday night. The firing began around 8:00 p.m. in areas of Lone Pine Ridge determined to have the most favorable terrain to conduct the operations safely. These strategic firing operations will allow firefighters to strengthen control lines ahead of the advancing fire front. With the increased size and complexity of operational tasks, additional resources have arrived to assist. To accommodate the influx of resources a second fire camp has opened at the Burnt Ranch campground. 

Updated forecasts show temperatures for the week peaking today along with lower humidity. Moderate to high fire activity is expected and fire resources are being positioned accordingly. Defensive firing operations are expected to be utilized today to stay ahead of the advancing fire front in the northeast areas of the Campbell Fire. 

Please check https://outlooks.airfire.org/outlook/65384a03 for air quality resources. 

 CLOSURES 

Due to a large presence of fire personnel and machinery working to build containment lines for the Ammon Fire, residents are asked to limit travel on Titlow Hill Road/Route 1 in zones HUM-E052 and HUM-E062 to essential traffic only. The following roads into evacuation zones have been closed. Residents may still use these roads to travel out of evacuation order zones: 

  • Forest Route 7n15 at Six Rivers Forest Boundary 
  • Horse Linto Creek Road at Saddle Lane (Open to residents only) 
  • 6N06 Sandy Bar (Route 6) 
  • Titlow Hill Road (Route 1) at Horse Mountain Botanical Area  

State Route 299 remains open to through traffic. Residents are encouraged to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to check for state highway closures. 

August 23, 2022 at 8:45 AM

On Monday firefighters continued to focus efforts in areas of the Ammon and Campbell fires with the greatest fire activity. During this time favorable weather conditions helped to keep fire intensity relatively low to moderate. The clear skies from less smoke also allowed aircraft to support ground operations beginning earlier in the day. After days of hard work another goal was achieved, more evacuation orders were downgraded to evacuated warnings at 5:00 pm Monday allowing residents to return home.

On the Ammon Fire, control lines are holding as firefighters continue to monitor, strengthen, and mop up. Fire activity remains active in the northeast corner where fire suppression work continues to be aimed at increasing containment. The more active of the two fires is the Campbell Fire where a large portion of incident resources are committed to the northeast corner. Firefighters and heavy equipment, supported by aircraft, are engaged here to improve containment. The existing containment lines remain intact and the spot fire east of the fire perimeter has been contained.

Today, a heavy marine layer will subdue fire activity until it lifts. Operations will remain consistent with the previous several days; strengthening control lines, directly engaging the fire where safe to do so, and prioritizing the operations related to completing line along Lone Pine Ridge. Firefighters are working to identify and establish contingency lines utilizing control lines established during previous fires.

August 23, 2022 at 7:25 AM

Fire behavior moderated overnight with primary growth occurring to the northeast portion of the Campbell Fire.

August 22, 2022 at 3:29 PM

Due to continued positive developments in fire behavior and the hard work of firefighters from Humboldt County and beyond, the Evacuation Orders for zones HUM-E063-B, HUM-E063-A, HUM-E077-C, and HUM-E077-B have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings. 

August 22, 2022 at 10:36 AM

The Six Rivers Lightning Complex remains in unified command with California Interagency Incident Management Team 14, California Highway Patrol, Trinity County Sheriff, and Humboldt County Sheriff. The Six Rivers Lightning Complex is currently 27,019 acres with 80% containment and 1,617 personnel assigned to the incident. Established containment lines remained intact throughout Sunday; firefighters continue to improve and reinforce control lines to limit fire spread around both the Campbell and Ammon Fires. The Ammon Fire remained relatively inactive with periods of increased fire activity within the fire perimeter. Large areas of previously blown down trees will continue to produce heat and smoke. Firefighters are working diligently to secure containment lines completely around the Ammon Fire to eliminate any threat of escape.

CURRENT SITUATION

On Sunday afternoon, fire activity increased noticeably in the northeast corner of the Campbell Fire. A change in weather conditions to a more hot and dry pattern with gusty winds allowed the fire to move beyond Cedar Creek toward Lone Pine Ridge, with a spot fire identified to the southeast of the current fire’s edge. Today, the greatest potential for increased fire behavior remains in the northeast corner of the Campbell Fire, where moderate to active fire behavior is anticipated with potential for spotting. Contributing factors include higher winds along ridgelines that will likely push fire east toward Lone Pine Ridge. Steep and rugged terrain have created a need to utilize line along Lone Pine Ridge. However, firefighters will continue to directly engage with the fire where safe to do so.

August 21, 2022 at 8:04 AM

California Interagency Incident Management Team 14 assumed management of the Six Rivers Lightning Complex at 1900 hours on August 20, 2022 and remains in unified command with the California Highway Patrol, Trinity County Sheriff, and Humboldt County Sheriff. The Six Rivers Lightning Complex is currently 25,832 acres with 81% containment and 946 personnel assigned to the incident.

CURRENT SITUATION

Firefighters worked towards completing control lines around both remaining fires in the complex. The steep and rugged terrain remains a challenge. The Ammon Fire remained within its current perimeter throughout Saturday and overnight with no new growth. Several pockets of unburned vegetation continue to burn within the interior. Firefighters are mopping up and extinguishing hot spots to ensure there is no fire spread due to rolling or falling debris. The Campbell Fire saw minimal fire activity throughout Saturday morning with the exception of islands of vegetation within the interior of the fire’s perimeter. The fire became active in the northeast portion of the fire area during the late afternoon as the smoke inversion lifted. A slop over occurred between Waterman Ridge and Horse Range in the northeast corner of the perimeter where the fire had previously been holding at Cedar Creek. Both ground crews and air resources deployed to the area to start slowing the spread. This slop over is the highest priority on the incident today. Firefighters on the ground will work to build control lines around this new slop while being assisted by both fixed and rotor-wing aircraft as conditions allow.


WEATHER & SMOKE

Temperatures are predicted to continue in the mid-80s to lower 90s with a northwesterly wind. The inversion layer and smoke that have tempered fire behavior previously have been lifting in the afternoons due to northwest winds and reduced smoke production from the fires. Increased fire activity begins to occur when this inversion layer clears each day. Weather will remain similar today with a slight cooling trend in the coming days followed by hotter and drier weather later next week.

August 20, 2022 at 9:20 PM

Due to continued positive developments in fire behavior and the hard work of firefighters from Humboldt County and beyond, the Evacuation Orders for zones HUM-E032-B, HUM-E056-A, and HUM-E077-F have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings

ZONE DESCRIPTIONS

HUM-E032-B

NORTH of Forest Route 7N02

SOUTH of Horse Linto Creek Road

EAST of Horse Linto Creek Road

WEST of Forst Route 7N10

HUM-E056-A

NORTH of Patterson Road, Ash Lane, Horse Linto Creek Road

SOUTH of Trinity River, Horse Linto Creek

EAST of Trinity River

WEST of Route 1

Residents who live in this zone may begin to return home with caution but should remain ready to evacuate again at a moment’s notice. Please remain cautious of potential hazards and emergency personnel working the fire.

Due to the reduction of evacuation orders, zones HUM-E032-B and HUM-E056-A have been reconsolidated to their original zone assignments: HUM-E032

·ALL OTHER EVACUATION ORDERS AND WARNINGS REMAIN IN PLACE·

August 20, 2022 at 8:14 AM

Consistent onshore wind pushed the marine layer far inland overnight. Morning relative humidity (RH) recoveries below 3500 ft were generally 50 percent to above 80 percent along the river. Above the marine layer, there was an abrupt, very dry layer with Friday Ridge Incident Remote Automatic Weather Station (IRAWS) showing 6 percent early this morning. As westerly winds have moved in today, RHs have climbed at high elevations with temperatures reaching into the mid to upper 70s. RH at low elevations has fallen into the 40s. RH is expected to increase along with falling temperatures late this afternoon along with an enhanced marine push. Northwest winds are expected to reach near 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph on channeled ridge tops. Another dry layer is possible tonight with a regular pattern of afternoon clearing similar to last weekend.

August 19, 2022 at 10:04 AM

Fire activity was minimal overnight with the cooler temperatures and increased humidity. Two spot fires developed on the northeast side of the Ammon Fire but were quickly contained by fire personnel in the area. Crews continued successful strategic firing operations and improved control lines using dozers and handlines to remove fuels. Control lines are holding well.  

Campbell Fire
Crews will continue to strengthen fire lines and limit the spread of the main fire. Fire crews will patrol and extinguish remaining pockets of heat inside control lines on the west side of the fire. 

Ammon Fire
Firefighters will continue strategic firing operations along the southwest perimeter in the Friday Ridge area. Fire crews will work to ensure that the previous night’s spot fires on the northeast side remain fully contained. Crews will continue to improve and reinforce fire lines along the Six Road of Ammon Ridge and within the Friday Ridge System as well as along Titlow Hill Rd/Route 1 out to Highway 299. 

Weather
Stable weather is expected over the area, with northwest winds up to about 10mph, gusting slightly higher along the ridgetops and where channeled by terrain.  Cooler overall temperatures are predicted today in the 70s and 80s.

SMOKE

A strong inversion will continue to keep smoke over most of the area. Some clearing will take place in the afternnon, particularly along the northwest areas of both fires. Please check https://outlooks.airfire.org/outlook/65384a03 for air quality resources.

August 19, 2022 at 8:49 AM

Currently all primary controls are holding and crews are working to further secure the perimeter of the fire. The incident has lifted all mandatory evacuation zones within the densely populated areas of Willow Creek and Salyer. Mandatory evacuations still exist in less populated areas of the fire that still present a threat to control lines. Interior green islands continue to burn out causing extensive smoke. The fire will grow towards remaining open control lines and through interior islands via flaking and backing. The inversion will remain in place through at least mid-afternoon, contributing to the limited fire behavior. Occasional short uphill pushes are possible in interior areas that are in alignment with slope. This is most likely if the inversion weakens or lifts in late afternoon.

August 18, 2022 at 9:43 AM

Fire activity was minimal overnight with only one instance of fire spotting outside of the control lines, and that was quickly contained. Crews conducted several successful strategic firing operations and improved control lines using dozers and handlines to remove fuels. Control lines are holding well.  

Campbell Fire
Crews will continue to strengthen fire lines and limit the spread of the main fire. Fire crews will patrol and extinguish remaining pockets of heat inside control lines on the west side of the fire. 

Ammon Fire
Firefighters will continue strategic fire operations along the southwest perimeter in the Friday Ridge area. Crews will continue to improve and reinforce fire lines along the Six Road of Ammon Ridge and within the Friday Ridge System as well as along Titlow Hill Rd/Route 1 out to Highway 299. 

Weather
Lightning and thunderstorms may occur today, but are less likely than yesterday. This activity could produce erratic winds that may increase fire activity. These storms may form even above areas with thick low-level smoke.  Cooler overall temperatures are predicted today.

August 18, 2022 at 9:20 AM

The inversion remained in place yesterday beneath the unstable upper atmospheric levels. Smoke and light winds resulted in minimal fire behavior, with flanking fire and roll-out as the main drivers. The most significant growth is now interior consumption of fuels as fire approaches containment lines in all divisions.

Branch I – Div A & M: Fire behavior remains influenced by the inversion, with backing and roll out the main drivers of spread. Most of Bremer Creek has filled in, with the majority of remaining interior unburned fuel near Coon Creek. The remainder of Div. A and Div. M have control lines and are expected to hold.

Branch I – Div. K: Control efforts on the slop over near Waterman Ridge continue, with indirect line to the creek on both sides. Small tactical firing operations reduced unburned fuel between control lines and the fire. Any uphill movement could challenge control efforts.

Branch I – Div L: Interior consumption from previous tactical firing operations will continue.

Branch III – Div U and W: Firring operations continue in Div. U, with slow progress under the influence of the smoke inversion. Overnight inversion expected to moderate fire behavior.

Branch V – Div. Y and Z: Firing operations have tied the fire to Madden Creek. Interior areas of Div. Z continue to consume within expected control features.

August 17, 2022 at 11:29 AM

The Lightning Complex Fire is currently 23,159 acres with 23% containment. 2,111 personnel are assigned to the incident. USFS, CAIIMT 11 and CAL FIRE continue to work closely together in unified command with a full suppression strategy to protect homes and other structures, communities, crucial infrastructure, and important wildlife habitat.

Fire activity was minimal overnight with no instances of fire spotting outside of the control lines. Crews conducted several successful strategic firing operations overnight and improved control lines using dozers and handlines to remove fuels. All control lines are holding well.

Campbell Fire
Residents in the Seeley Mc Intosh area were allowed to return home yesterday evening. Today crews will continue to strengthen fire lines and limit the spread of the main fire. Portions of Seeley Mc Intosh Road may be closed to allow the removal of hazard tress from areas near the roadway.

Ammon Fire
Firefighters will conduct strategic fire operations along the southwest perimeter along Hayden Road and in Friday Ridge area. Crews will continue to improve and reinforce fire lines along the Six Road of Ammon Ridge and within the Friday Ridge System.

Weather
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning from 11am to 11pm today for dry lightning and thunderstorms. This activity could produce erratic winds. The risk is greatest along the eastern side of both fires. These storms may form even above areas with thick low-level smoke

August 17, 2022 at 7:46 AM

Moderate fire behavior, mostly flanking and backing. A Red Flag Warning has been issues for abundant lightning from 11 am to 11 pm today.

August 16, 2022 at 9:47 AM

The Lightning Complex Fire is currently 21,609 acres with 19% containment. 2,040 personnel are assigned to the incident. USFS, CAIIMT 11 and CAL FIRE continue to work closely together in unified command with a full suppression strategy to protect homes and other structures, communities, crucial infrastructure, and important wildlife habitat.

Fire activity was minimal overnight, with occasional spot fires along the southern edges of the Ammon Fire and southeastern edge of the Campbell fire that firefighters quickly contained and will be monitoring. Crews conducted several successful strategic firing operations overnight and improved control lines using dozers and handlines to remove fuels. All control lines are holding well.

Campbell Fire
Yesterday, the evacuation status in the Willow Creek and the Salyer areas was reduced from evacuation order to evacuation warning. Residents returned to their homes in these areas. Crews will continue to strengthen fire lines and limit the spread of the main fire. Residents in the Seeley Mc Intosh area may also be allowed to return home this evening.

Ammon Fire
Firefighters will conduct strategic fire operations in the southwest of this area along Hayden Road and in Friday Ridge area. Crews will continue to improve and reinforce fire lines along the Six Road of Ammon Ridge and within the Friday Ridge System.

Weather
Rising temperatures, lower humidity, and increasing northwest winds are expected to increase fire activity today, especially during the afternoon. Aerial firefighting support will continue to be used.

SMOKE

Smoke and strong inversions will continue to affect the health of those in the area. Please check https://www.ncuaqmd.org for air quality resources.

ROAD CLOSURES

State Routes 299 and 96 are currently open in the Lightning Complex but may be impacted by fire behavior.  Travelers are encouraged to visit http:quickmap.dot.ca.gov to check for state highway closures. 

The following roads leading to evacuation zones have been closed (residents may use these roads to exit only): 

  • Seeley Mc Intosh Road between Country Club Road and Campbell Ridge Road 
  • Campbell Ridge Road from Salyer Heights to Seeley McIntosh Road 
  • Horse Linto Creek Road at Saddle Lane 
  • Friday Ridge Road at Route 6 
  • Titlow Hill Road (Route 1) at Horse Mountain Botanical Area 

Due to a large presence of fire personnel and machinery working to build containment lines for the Ammon Fire, residents are asked to limit travel on Titlow Hill Road/Route 1 in zones HUM-E052 and HUM-E062 to essential traffic only. 

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.

August 16, 2022 at 7:33 AM

Fire behavior overnight was mostly flanking and backing, with some early evening uphill runs. Tomorrow the inversion is expected to be weaker and lift earlier, allowing for a more active fire behavior and more smoke dispersion.

National Weather Service in Eureka has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Dry lightning over the fire area tomorrow 8/17. A strong inversion kept smoke socked in and increasing through out the morning. Northwest winds building in the afternoon have allowed smoke to gradually lift from the northwest end of the fire with smoke remaining in place on the downwind side. In smoke, temperatures have climbed into the low 80s with temperatures in the mid 90s outside of smoke. Relative Humidity has bottomed out in the mid 30s with northwest wind actually increasing humidity at high elevations. The inversion will return overnight bringing poor recoveries on high slopes and accumulating smoke. A slight risk of thunderstorms exists over the next couple of days with instability allowing for deeper mixing in the atmosphere.

August 15, 2022 at 10:17 AM

The Lightning Complex Fire is currently 19,272 acres with 17% containment. 2,045 personnel are assigned to the incident. USFS, CAIIMT 11 and CAL FIRE continue to work closely together in unified command with a full suppression strategy to protect homes and other structures, communities, crucial infrastructure, and important wildlife habitat. 

Fire activity was minimal overnight, with occasional spot fires along the southern edges of the Ammon Fire and southeastern edge of the Campbell fire that firefighters quickly contained. Crews completed several successful strategic firing operations and improved control lines using dozers and handlines to remove fuels. All control lines are holding well.  

“Last night firefighting crews succeeded in securing more fire line close to communities,” said Incident Commander Chris Fogle. “Some people in the Salyer and Willow Creek areas may be able to return home today.” 

Campbell Fire
The Campbell, Bremmer and Waterman Fires have now joined and will be collectively known as the Campbell Fire. Crews have successfully secured the fire lines along the western edge of this fire, protecting Willow Creek, and along the southern edge in the Salyer area. Crews will continue to strengthen fire lines and limit the spread of the main fire to communities and other areas. Crews will hold and continue to improve the control line along Lone Pine Ridge and Waterman Ridge to prevent fire spread into the Hoopa tribal jurisdiction. 

Ammon Fire
Firefighting crews continue to improve primary control lines to keep the fire west of the O-6 Road, north of Grouse Creek, and east of the O-1 Road. Today crews will reinforce the holding line along the southeast corner near the Six Road off Ammon Ridge and along the Friday Ridge System near the southwestern edge of the fire.  

Weather
Rising temperatures and drier weather are expected to increase fire activity today, especially during the afternoon. Smoke will limit visibility during the morning; winds are expected to pick up in the afternoon. Aerial firefighting support will be deployed when visibility permits.

August 14, 2022 at 8:31 PM

Moderate fire behavior with short range spotting, uphill runs and group torching observed.

August 14, 2022 at 11:03 AM

The Lightning Complex Fire is currently 16,924 acres with 15% containment. 1,810 personnel are assigned to the incident. USFS, CAIIMT 11 and CAL FIRE continue to work closely together in a unified command with a full suppression strategy to protect homes and other structures, communities, crucial infrastructure, and important wildlife habitat. 

Last night fire activity was minimal, with occasional spot fires along the southern edges of the Ammon Fire and southeastern edge of the Campbell fires that firefighters quickly contained. Crews completed several successful strategic firing operations and improved control lines using dozers and handlines to remove fuels. All control lines are holding well.  

“Although we had some fire spotting near some of the corners, our crews were able to quickly contain them,” said Incident Commander Chris Fogle. “All the line we’ve put in so far has continued to hold well, and we’ve been able to close some critical gaps.” 

Bremer Fire


Today crews will continue to secure, hold, and improve the control lines created yesterday along the western edge of the fire to keep it away from the community of Willow Creek.  

Waterman Fire

Crews will hold and improve the control line along Lone Pine Ridge and Waterman Ridge to prevent fire spread into the Hoopa tribal jurisdiction. 

Campbell Fire

Crews will continue to hold and improve the Waterman Ridge system along the south side of the Ridge Road after the strategic firing operations were conducted in the area yesterday. Firefighters are working to keep the fire from the communities of Trinity, Salyer Loop, Salyer Heights and Hawkins Bar. 

Amman Fire

Firefighting crews will continue to improve primary control lines to keep the fire west of the O-6 Road, north of Ammon Ridge Road, and east of the O-1 Road. Today crews will reinforce the holding line along the southeast corner near the Six Road off Ammon Ridge and along the Friday Ridge System near the southwestern edge of the fire.  

Weather

Warmer, drier weather is expected to increase fire activity today, especially during the afternoon. Smoke will limit visibility during the morning. Aerial firefighting support will be deployed when visibility permits.

August 14, 2022 at 8:54 AM

Smoke settled across the fire overnight as the inversion set up. Humidity recovery was moderate through midnight then good recovery most of the fire below 2500 feet by morning. Temperatures were in the mid 50s to mid 60s at higher elevations. Winds remained light northerly at ridgetop and downcanyon in the valleys. For Sunday expect the inversion to stay in place through early afternoon before mixing out occurs with temperatures into the 80s as humidity values lower from 30-40% as afternoon northwest winds develop 5-10 mph.

Engines and crews continue to mop up and secure areas directly adjacent to homes and to build wire fences and trenches to control rolling debris. Crew will be conducting firing operations in multiple divisions to strengthen lines, to limit the main fire spread, and reduce impacts to indirect lines. Road preparation and contingency scouting are being conducted.

August 13, 2022 at 1:32 PM

Last night in the area west of the Bremer Fire, firefighters performed firing operations using dozer and handlines to remove fuels to protect homes. Crews will continue to monitor and patrol the fire to look for threats to control lines.  

On the northwest side of the Waterman Fire, crews conducted successful firing operations off Waterman Ridge. Today fire crews will focus on holding the Four Road, aka Waterman Ridge Road, to provide protection for the communities of Salyer Loop and Salyer Heights.  

On the Campbell Fire, resources are working to keep the fire from the community of Trinity by maintaining the fire line constructed earlier along Waterman Road.  

On the west side of the Ammon Fire, crews constructed dozer line and will continue working in the area today to construct handline. In the southeast corner near the Six Road off Ammon Ridge, crews successfully contained spot fires last night. They will continue to focus on this area today, establishing control lines. Firefighters will also continue to improve confinement lines along Ammon Ridge today.   

To the west side on Friday Ridge Road, firefighters will continue to work along the Friday Ridge system.  

Fire activity is expected to increase today with lower humidities and shifting winds. Aerial firefighting support will be deployed when visibility permits over the Campbell and Ammon areas.  

August 13, 2022 at 8:14 AM

Poor humidity recovery overnight with values from 35-45% was by far the driest night on the fire since it started. Temperatures remained mild in the upper 50s and 60s. Light downcanyon winds settled under the inversion with smoky conditions. Warm and dry conditions continue this weekend with well defined thermal belts at night. Still monitoring for possible thunderstorm chances by later Tuesday into Wednesday of next week across the Forest.

 Engines and crews continue to mop up and secure areas directly adjacent to homes and to build wire fences and trenches to control rolling debris. Crews will be conducting firing operations in multiple divisions to strengthen lines, to limit the main fire spread that would impact indirect lines. Road preparation and contingency scouting are being conducted.

Verizon crews are actively were working to improve service and maintenance to a cell tower near the Bremer Fire which is within the Lightning Complex. This is an emergency upgrade which will be permanent. The work was expected to be completed by 7pm last night. There is a chance that Verizon cell phone users in the areas northwest, west and southwest of the Bremer Fire area may not have service for up to 30 minutes. A disruption may not occur at all. This potential outage is not due to fire behavior in the area. 

August 12, 2022 at 7:25 AM

Heavy smoke laid down across the fire overnight as the inversion redeveloped. Humidity recovery was moderate with values from 40-60% which was much drier than previous nights. Winds remained light downcanyon during the overnight hours with temperatures mainly in the 60s.

For the next operational period heavy smoke will linger through 2:00 pm before the inversion slowly lifts. Warmer and drier air will filter in from above as high pressure builds.

Planned actions: Resources will continue to take opportunities to contain the fire’s edge when conditions allow with direct line construction and looking to build contingency and indirect line. Continue to work with local fire departments to implement an effective and safe structure protection plan.

Conducting firing operations in multiple divisions to strengthen lines, limit the fires impact to indirect lines, and buffer uphill fire runs. Road preparation and contingency scouting are being performed. Unified ICs and cooperators are working to validate the Management Action Points and assure they are appropriate. Continue to support the implementation of the WFDSS decision developed by the Six Rivers National Forest and protect the highlighted high value areas and species.

Provide community defense for Willow Creek, Seely Macintosh, Salyer Heights, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar and other scattered and unincorporated areas threatened by fires in the complex. Work with tribal liaisons and resource advisors to minimize impacts to cultural resources. Continue to operate under a cohesive Unified Command supported by the National Incident Management Organization.

This photo was taken by firefighter Steven Douglas with Cedar Mountain Fire on the evening of August 10, 2022 from the Incident Command Post

August 11, 2022 at 9:53 AM

Resources will continue to take opportunities to contain the fire’s edge where conditions allow direct line construction while looking to build contingency and indirect line. Continue to work with local fire departments to implement an effective and safe structure protection plan. Conducting firing operations to improve lines, limit the fires impact to indirect lines and buffer uphill fire runs. Road preparation and contingency scouting will be performed if opportunities exist. Continue working with Unified Incident Commanders and cooperators to validate the Management Action Points. Support the implementation of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System developed by the Six Rivers National Forest. Continuing to provide community defense for Willow Creek, Seely Macintosh, Salyer Heights, Trinity Village and other scattered and unincorporated areas threatened by fires in the complex. Work with tribal liaisons and resource advisors to minimize impacts to cultural resources. Continue to operate with a cohesive Unified Command structure.

Weather: Moderate to good humidity recovery overnight of 60-80% with light downslope winds. Smoke settled over the fire keeping things stable. Inversion will stay in place through early this afternoon then expect warmer and drier this afternoon as high pressure builds. For this evening (8/11) and overnight poor humidity recovery is forecast to impact much of the fire. A gradual warming and drying trend is forecast Thursday into the weekend as the inversion strengthens.

Community meeting today, August 11, 2022 at 6pm

In person at:  

Willow Creek Bible Church
39 Brannan Mountain Road
Willow Creek, CA 95573

Virtual at:

https://www.facebook.com/SixRiversNF

EVACUATION WARNING issued for zone HUM-E032-B, northeast of Willow Creek. Residents in this zone should prepare for potential evacuations, including personal supplies, overnight accommodations, and livestock considerations. Be ready to go at a moment’s notice. There is no immediate threat to Willow Creek proper.

ZONE DESCRIPTION
HUM-E032-B 
NORTH OF Forest Route 7n02
SOUTH OF Horse Linto Creek Road
EAST OF Horse Linto Creek Road
WEST OF Forest Route 7n10

An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for zones: HUM-E056, HUM-E057, HUM-E058, HUM-E061, HUM-E063-A, HUM-E077-B, and HUM-E077-C 

ZONE DESCRIPTIONS:

HUM-E056
NORTH OF Bigfoot Scenic Byway, River Bend Road, Peach Tree Lane, Patterson Road
SOUTH OF Bigfoot Scenic Byway, Horse Linto Creek Road
EAST OF Orchard Lane
WEST OF Horse Linto Creek Road

HUM-E057
NORTH OF Seeley Mc Intosh Road
SOUTH OF Patterson Road
EAST OF River Bend Road, Patterson Road
WEST OF Moonset Lane

HUM-E058
NORTH OF Forest Route 7n15
SOUTH OF Horse Linto Creek Road
EAST OF Peach Tree Lane
WEST OF Coon Creek Rd, Forest Route 7n15

HUM-E061
NORTH OF Forest Route 7n15
SOUTH OF Seeley Mc Intosh Road
EAST OF Seeley Mc Intosh Road, Campbell Ridge Road
WEST OF Forest Route 7n15

HUM-E063-A
NORTH OF Forest Route 6n39
SOUTH OF Friday Ridge Road
EAST OF Friday Ridge Road, Forest Route 6n08a
WEST OF Friday Ridge Road

HUM-E077-B
NORTH OF Friday Ridge Road, Forest Route 5n01
SOUTH OF Friday Ridge Road
EAST OF 5n10, 5n09, 5n27
WEST OF South Fork Road, Forest Route 5n42

HUM-E077-C
NORTH OF Forest Route 5n32
SOUTH OF Friday Ridge Road, South Fork Road
EAST OF Forest Route 5n37
WEST OF South Fork Road, Carpenter Road

An EVACUATION WARNING remains in effect for zones: HUM-E032-B, HUM-E062, HUM-E063-B, HUM-E064, HUM-E076-B, HUM-E077-D  

ZONE DESCRIPTIONS:

HUM-E032-B
NORTH OF Forest Route 7n02
SOUTH OF Horse Linto Creek Road
EAST OF Horse Linto Creek Road
WEST OF Forest Route 7n10 

HUM-E062
NORTH OF 5n10
SOUTH OF 06n21, Brushy Mountain Lookout Road, Cedar Creek Road, Trinity Highway
EAST OF Titlow Hill Road, Cedar Creek Road
WEST OF Friday Ridge Road

HUM-E063-B
NORTH OF Forest Route 6n39, Friday Ridge Road
SOUTH OF Forest Rt 6n33
EAST OF Friday Ridge Road
WEST OF Friday Ridge Road, Riteway Lane

HUM-E064
NORTH OF Trinity Highway, Wood Lane, Friday Ridge Road
SOUTH OF Campbell Ridge Road, Triple R Lane, Butterfly Creek Road, Kimberly Drive, Trinity Highway
EAST OF Trinity Highway
WEST OF Wood Lane, Campbell Ridge Road

HUM-E076-B
NORTH OF Friday Ridge Road
SOUTH OF Friday Ridge Road
WEST OF Forest Route 5n01

HUM-E077-D
NORTH OF Forest Route 6n06f
SOUTH OF Forest Route 5n42, Forest Route 5n04
EAST OF Forest Route 5n01, Friday Ridge Road
WEST OF Forest Route 5n42, South Fork Road

WILDFIRE ADVISORIES remain in effect for the following zones in the Willow Creek area: HUM-E031, HUM-E032-A, HUM-E054, HUM-E055,HUM-E059, HUM-E060

LOCATE YOUR EMERGENCY ZONE: https://community.zonehaven.com/

USFS FIRE INFORMATION LINE

The United States Forest Service (USFS) – Six Rivers National Forest has established a Fire Information Line for the community. For fire-related information, call 707-356-9442 or email 2022.lightningcomplex@firenet.gov

EVACUATION SHELTER

A Red Cross Overnight Evacuation Shelter has been established at Trinity Valley Elementary School, located at 730 Highway 96, Willow Creek, for evacuees displaced by the Six Rivers Lightning Complex Fire.

LARGE ANIMAL SHELTER
A large animal shelter has been established at the Hoopa Rodeo Grounds, located at 1767 Pine Creek Rd., Hoopa.

QUICK LINKS

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.