UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.:
A new immediate evacuation order has been issued for all areas west of Forest Route 6N33 to the end of Fourmile Creek, South of Christian School Road to Friday Ridge Road.
An immediate evacuation order is also in place for all areas west of Highway 299 to the end of China Creek, South of Butterfly Creek to Christian School Road, excluding residents on Christian School Road.
Evacuation warnings have been issued for all areas east of Highway 299 to the Trinity River, South of Panther Creek Road to Butterfly Creek Road.
Additional evacuation warnings have been issued for areas east of Forest Route 6N33 to the Trinity River, South of Gypo Lane to Friday Ridge Road.
Officials are urging residents in the evacuation warning areas to be packed ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
UPDATE, 9:49 a.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services:
Evacuation warnings and orders remain in effect for the China Creek area as fire crews work to contain the Knob Fire near Willow Creek.
The Knob Fire originated Aug. 29, 2021 at approximately 3 p.m. on Brush Mountain in the China Creek watershed. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is leading fire suppression efforts. According to the USFS, as of 8 a.m. August 30, the Knob Fire is approximately 250 acres and 0% contained.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies continue to patrol the mandatory evacuation zone and staff roadblocks.
An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for residents in the area of:
Butterfly Creek Lane south to Gypo Lane.
An EVACUATION WARNING remains in effect for residents West of the Trinity River in the areas of:
Panther Road south to Butterfly Creek Road;
Gypo Road south to Friday Ridge Road.
A map of evacuation zones is available at tinyurl.com/humcoevacmap
CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS
The following road closures are in effect related to the Knob Fire:
China Creek Road at Hodgson Road;
Burwood Drive at State Route 299;
Gypo Lane at State Route 299.
The above routes are closed to entering traffic, but may be used by residents to leave the area in compliance with the evacuation order.
State Route 299 is currently open as of 8 a.m. Residents are encouraged to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to check for state highway closures.
RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY
An Evacuation Center remains active at the Willow Creek Bible Church, located at 39 Brannan Mountain Road, Willow Creek, for evacuees. Resources available at this location include:
Red Cross services.
Domestic and large animal sheltering is available at the Hoopa Rodeo Grounds, located on Pine Creek Road in Hoopa.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Additional updates will be issued via press release as needed.
For more information regarding the Knob Fire, current impact and evacuation areas, please go to humboldtsheriff.org, visit @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter, or call 707-268-2500.
A new fire broke out south of Willow Creek yesterday afternoon. They’ve called it “The Knob Fire,” and it’s already prompted evacuation orders and warnings along Highway 299.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office posted the following message to its Facebook page last night:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is issuing an IMMEDIATE EVACUATION ORDER for residents West of the Trinity River in the area of Butterfly Creek Lane south to Gypo Lane in Willow Creek due to the Knob Fire.
EVACUATION WARNING: An EVACUATION WARNING has been issued for residents West of the Trinity River in the areas of: - Panther Road south to Butterfly Creek Road - Gypo Road south to Friday Ridge Road Prepare for potential evacuations, including personal supplies and overnight accommodations. Be ready to go at a moment’s notice.
An Evacuation Center is established for residents at the Willow Creek Bible Church at 39 Brannan Mountain Road. Domestic + Large Animals Sheltering: Hoopa Rodeo Grounds, located at Pine Creek Rd., Hoopa, CA
1830— CA Fire Scanner (@CAFireScanner) August 30, 2021
CA-SRF Knob Fire: 40 acres timber and brush, 0% contained. Active fire behavior with structures threatened. Threats also include private timberland and critical wildlife habitat. Aircraft use is limted due to smoke.