Photos: Andrew Goff.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Everyone who had been detained at the scene has been released, says the Outpost’s Andrew Goff. No arrests were made.


UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Lt. Bryan Quenell of the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, at scene, tells the Outpost that the operation was a search for Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr., who is still wanted for firing on a Fish and Wildlife officer while in the act of poaching off Highway 36 last year.

Many of those who had been detained at the house have been release, says the Outpost’s Andrew Goff.



Around a dozen law enforcement officers, many of them bearing semiautomatic weapons, have surrounded a Ferndale home this evening and have detained several people from inside.

Officers at the scene — representing the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Fortuna Police Department and possibly others — are not speaking with the press at the moment, so it’s unclear exactly what the raid is about.

It is clear, though, that law enforcement is treating it as a high-risk raid. Several officers are keeping a perimeter around the home — on Market Street, just north of Highway 211 — while others search inside. Several people have been handcuffed. Market Street has been closed to traffic.

We’ll update when we know more.