[For LoCO’s chronological list of fire updates, go here. For direct updates from fire management teams as they are released, watch the Outpost’s “Elsewhere” section.]


It seems that Dismore wins the sweepstakes for the worst air in Humboldt County today, after a long run in which the Trinity River watershed maintained the crown. Dinsmore is officially the only town in Humboldt with smoke levels that ranged into the “unhealthy.”

This is a big improvement from previous days last week, when several places in Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte were rated “hazardous.” And there is more good news, at least for the next few days: A southerly wind is rising to blow a good deal of our smoke into Siskiyou County and southern Oregon. Apologies to those places, but we really did need a break.

As the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District writes in its daily update:

Air Resource Advisors/Meteorologists for the Shasta-Trinity & Six Rivers  Complexes indicate that a general transport flow from the south combined  with a coastal onshore push from the west will send smoke into Siskiyou  County and Southern Oregon. The most active fires include the Lassic fire  (Mad River Complex) the Denny and French Creek areas of the River  Complex, and the Pattison Fire (South Complex).

Weather forecasts indicate that a broad upper trough off the California coast will be present for the next few days, helping increase low-level onshore flow, and Southwest transport aloft. This combination leads to areas of improved smoke dispersion for  daytime hours through the week. Smoke will now be drifting to the north and northeast of the fires. Most locations may continue to see some high concentrations for a few hours each day.

Check out this handy color-coded forecast chart from the U.S. Forest Service below. Beneath that: Full smoke sitreps from the Air Quality Management District, the Hoopa Tribe and the U.S Forest Service.