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Aug. 12, 2022
unofficial / 8:07 p.m.

Samoa Chief 8600 requesting law enforcement for traffic control; Engines 8217 and Samoa 8614 at scene; Loleta Fire paged out to respond and cover HumBayFire Station 5 at Harris & Hubbard; Fieldbrook E8717 respond and cover Arcata station

unofficial / 8:02 p.m.

Unit at scene reports active fire on Peninsula Dr, smoke on all sides, flames showing on the “A” [front] side, have next in company law a line in from nearest hydrant; E8115 at scene

unofficial / 7:57 p.m.

Arcata Engines 8215 and 8217 and Chief 8201 responding, Blue Lake E8514 responding, HumBayFire Engine 8115 also;

unofficial / 7:54 p.m.

Manila, structure fire 1900 block Peninsula Drive, for Arcata Fire all-call, Blue Lake and Samoa Fire departments

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You know how the clothing sections at the Eureka Target have been a big, hot mess lately? Since Target is currently short-staffed, some local folks decided to take it upon themselves to tidy up the clothing tables and racks, and help make the Target shopping experience a little more enjoyable for their community. 

After posting a message to Facebook calling for folks to help her clean up the Target, Michelle Bailey and her family spent a part of their Thursday night folding and hanging the clothes at Target. Several other women and kiddos joined too. 

“It is so overwhelming walking through that store,” Bailey wrote on Facebook. “I can’t even imagine being an employee there right now. It would take about 30 people working non stop for a solid week to get Target back in order…” 

The volunteers may not have not put the whole store back in order, but they did certainly make a dent in the mess. 

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Yesterday, in saying goodbye to one of our colleagues, we called Facebook a garbage social media platform. (One of many garbage social media platforms.)

We stand by this.

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t bright spots. And one of the brightest spots, locally, is the Hoopa Office of Emergency Services. Hoopa OES puts out daily or sometimes twice- or thrice-daily short videos, often with beautiful shots of the Valley and always chock full of useful information.

Lately, with all the fires and smoke affecting the area, the office’s charismatic Frank Telles is in front of the camera most days with the daily smoke report. Today’s report can be found below.

Give Hoopa OES a follow! Nuniwhtsis-te!

unofficial / 12:10 a.m.
Engine 8215 released by New IC are returning to Arcata

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Aug. 11, 2022
unofficial / 11:47 p.m.
HumBayFire E8114 cleared from the scene returning to Eureka; IC reports approx another 30 minutes for remaining companies to complete the mop-up.
unofficial / 11:22 p.m.
Arcata 8217 at scene, Blue Lake Water Tender will be enroute; New IC now reports they have the fire under control, all companies not yet at scene can cancel
unofficial / 11:16 p.m.
Arcata E8215 at scene, 8217 shortly behind them; 3rd attempt for Blue Lake Fire, requesting their Water Tender to respond
unofficial / 11:12 p.m.
Arcata Engines 8217 and 8215, and Batt 8201 responding; HumBay Engine 8114 also enroute; Samoa Chief 8601 is at scene will be “New IC,”, approx 50x50’ fire, Engine 8114 also at scene; Blue Lake Fire requested to bring a Water Tender per the IC
unofficial / 11:06 p.m.
New Navy Base Rd & Hwy 255, vegetation fire; for Arcata Fire, Blue Lake, HumBayFire, Samoa Fire all dispatched
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As fires continue to rage in the Willow Creek area, there is no shortage of coastal dwellers wondering what they can do assist their inland neighbors.

One example of such do-gooding that made the Outpost smile, if nothing else, comes from Eureka’s Savage Henry Comedy Club. Laughter, they say, is a medicine with some effectiveness. In that spirit, the club is offering free admittance to their upcoming shows to anyone currently evacuated from their home as the result of the fires burning to the east. Laugh and forget for a bit, maybe.

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Henderson Center crash: E Street is fully blocked after a two-vehicle collision near the intersection with Grotto, as per scanner traffic. One person has suffered moderate injuries. EPD is en route.

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Aug. 10, 2022
todd / 7:31 p.m.

Cal Fire Air Attack 120 is over the Six Rivers Lightning Complex fires and is currently working Cal Fire tankers 91, 94, 95 and 96 as well as several large air tankers out of Redding. They appear to be putting retardant down in the general area of Horse Mountain to the southwest of Willow Creek and along the north end of the Oak/Ammon Fires. Air tankers were used extensively over the last few days, mostly along the south end of the Ammon Fire

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Late last week, local tattoo artist Randy Meyer was in a serious collision while riding his motorcycle near the intersection of R and Fifth streets in Eureka. The co-owner of Sangha Tattoo Studio was thrown from his ride and suffered spiral compound fractures on his left tibia and fibula and multiple pelvic fractures. Due to the severity of Meyer’s injuries, he is currently being treated out of county. 

Needless to say, Meyer is looking at a long recovery. To try and lessen the strain, friends are raising funds on his behalf. If you are moved to donate you can do so here.


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The Six Rivers National Forest has closed the Lower Trinity Ranger District, which is basically everything in the Willow Creek area south and just east of the Square. See a detailed map here.

Here’s the order, just released via Inciweb:

Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. Β§ 551 and 36 C.F.R. Β§ 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited within the Six Rivers National Forest. This Order is effective from August 9, 2022, through September 15, 2022.

1. Going into or being upon any National Forest System lands within the Lower Trinity Ranger District, as shown on Exhibit A. 36 C.F.R. Β§ 261.52(e).

2. Being on any National Forest System road within the Lower Trinity Ranger District, as shown on Exhibit A. 36 C.F.R. Β§ 261.54(e).

3. Being on any National Forest System trail within the Lower Trinity Ranger District, as shown on Exhibit A. 36 C.F.R. Β§ 261.55(a).

Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. Β§ 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:1. Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, member of an organized rescue or fire-fighting force in the performance of an official duty.3. Owners or lessees of land, to the extent necessary to access their land.4. Residents, to the extent necessary to access their residences.

These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 C.F.R. Part 261, Subpart A.

A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559, 3571, and 3581.

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Great story by the North Coast Journal’s Linda Stansberry about a burned excavator in the hills near a future logging site at Rainbow Ridge, in the Mattole Valley. Cal Fire is investigating the incident as arson.

Beyond the incident itself, which took place Monday, Stansberry paints a grim picture of high tension around the ever-controversial site, with forest activists all but accusing logging contractors of a false flag operation in the excavator’s torching.

Side note: The LoCO Spillbot notes this morning that the fire released somewhere in the neighborhood of 170 of oil and diesel fuel into the environment.

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Aug. 9, 2022
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Monday evening update from management of the Six Rivers Lightning Complex:

Acreage for the Six Rivers Lightning Complex is currently 10,138 with 0% containment. Resources are in place around the fire areas laying hose, prepping in anticipation of fire movement and directly fighting the fire whenever possible. Dozers have been creating fire breaks and helicopters have been able to support firefighters on the ground in areas where there was visibility. Firefighters will work through the night to provide fire protection. Currently there are 1,125 people assigned to this incident.
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Redwood Acres Fairgrounds announced Tuesday that all its scheduled events would be canceled for the foreseeable future while the space is utilized by Cal Fire as an emergency fire camp. 

“[The] public is not allowed on grounds. Thank you for understanding,” fairgrounds officials wrote on social media. 

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Vegetation fire on the side of the highway north of Fortuna. Dispatch reports, via scanner, that the fire is currently 30x30 feet and involves a semi truck. Loleta Fire also responding. There’s a CHP dispatch record of the incident here. (UPDATE: North Coast News is on the scene. The fire appears to be vanquished.)

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Outsiders reading about Humboldt alert! A writer working for Al Jazeera today published a nice long read chronicling the Wiyot Tribe’s efforts to reclaim land and culture, mainly told by tribal elder Cheryl Seidner. If you’ve been looking for an easy entry to better understand the Wiyot story, the piece provides a quickly digestible overview of important events, from the 1860 massacre to the recent return of Tuluwat Island and more.

Give it a read here.

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