Press release from CALFIRE:
On July 15 th , 2021, at approximately 11:00 PM, the CAL FIRE Humboldt – Del Norte Unit Emergency Command Center (ECC) received a report of a vegetation fire burning near a structure on Tulley Creek Road near the community of Weitchpec. The fire burned one acre of grass and brush while threatening structures. Firefighters from Orleans Volunteer Fire Department, Orick Volunteer Fire Department, Hoopa Wildland Fire Department, and CAL FIRE worked in steep terrain to contain the fire.
Law enforcement was requested due to the report of a suspect at scene. Officers from Yurok Tribal Police, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and CAL FIRE law enforcement responded. Upon investigation, the fire was determined to have been started intentionally, and an adult male resident at the fire was taken into custody.
The resident, Laurance Myers, was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for:
• PC 452(c) Recklessly setting fire to any structure, forest land or property
The CAL FIRE Humboldt – Del Norte Unit would like to remind the public that burning within State Responsibility Area has been suspended. Drought conditions have led to extremely dry vegetation throughout the state. Fire activity in Northern California has many firefighting resources already committed to numerous large fires. For more information on how you can prevent wildfire, visit: www.readyforwildfire.org