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Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

Evacuation warnings and orders remain in effect for the China Creek and Friday Ridge areas as fire crews work to contain the Knob Fire near Willow Creek. 


The Knob Fire originated Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. It is burning in timber, brush and grass. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is leading fire suppression efforts. According to California Incident Management Team 5, as of 8 a.m. August 31, the Knob Fire is approximately 800 acres and 0% contained. There have been reports of substantial fire activity throughout the afternoon. The current total acreage of the fire is unknown.

According to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, approximately 1,200 customers are without power as of 4 p.m. August 31. See outage map:

Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies continue to patrol the mandatory evacuation zones and liaise with the fire Incident Management Team to ensure the safety of residents.


An EVACUATION ORDER has been expanded today to include:

  • Areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road/Forest Route 6N08A to the Trinity River, south of Butterfly Creek Road to the end of Forest Route 6N20.

An EVACUATION WARNING remains in effect for:

  • Areas east of Boise Creek to the Trinity River, South of Panther Creek Road to Butterfly Creek Road

A map of evacuation zones is available at


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 4 p.m. Residents are encouraged to visit to check for state highway closures. 


An Evacuation Center has been opened at the McKinleyville Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 1200 Central Avenue, McKinleyville, for evacuees. Resources available at this location include:

  • Overnight sheltering;

  • Restrooms;

  • Water;

  • Red Cross services.

Domestic and large animal sheltering is available at the Hoopa Rodeo Grounds, located on Pine Creek Road in Hoopa.

Voting Information for Wildfire Evacuees: 


County residents are encouraged to sign up for county emergency notifications via Humboldt Alert at Residents must opt-in to receive evacuation notifications via phone or email. 

If having trouble signing up for Humboldt Alert online, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services at 707-268-2500


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, visit @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter, or call 707-268-2500.

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