Fire Updates & Evacuation Levels: 12:00 pm 08/24/2023
Fire Updates & Evacuation Levels: 8:00 pm 08/29/2023
LEVEL 2 (GET SET) – Rowdy Creek Road from MM 3 (from Hwy 101) to MM 6, Rock Creek, Big Flat. (For Clarification, this does include the Boulder Creek, Paradise Flat and surrounding communities near Rock Creek) and LOW DIVIDE ROAD, from MM 1 to MM 13 (intersection of Low Divide Road and Rowdy Creek) This was previously a Level 3.
HIGHWAY 199 LIMITED REOPENING:
Currently, the CHP is unsure when hwy 199 will re-open safely. Watch for updates on the CHP Facebook page and listen to local radio stations.
Caltrans has been busy clearing the highway of trees and other debris. CHP number one priority is safety and they will be monitoring the fires and ensuring the roadways are safe for travel.
Access to South Fork Road, Douglas Park and Howland Hill Rd is limited to residents only. This action is to insure incident safety as fire personnel work in the area. This area of the forest is closed for all activities, including hunting, by Order 10-23-06 issued by the Forest Supervisor for the Six Rivers National Forest.
Hwy 199 is closed near Shady Lane, except for residents – currently, you can get through with proof of residence. See other road closures under evacuation status.
officials advise residents to take precautions and avoid voluntary outdoor activities when the Air Quality Index (AQI) becomes unhealthy or worse.
You can check current air quality conditions at https://fire.airnow.gov or at www.ncuaqmd.org. For public health messages, you can find up-to-date information at the Del Norte County Public Health Facebook page.
105 Sunkist Lane, Crescent City (Hiouchi), 95531
8/29/23 Open 8 am – 8 pm
8/30-9/1/23 – Open 8 am – 5 pm
494 Pacific Ave, Crescent City, CA 95531
8/29 to 9/1/23 – Open 8 am – 8 pm
The following recommendations can protect resident during smoke exposure:
- Stay indoors as much as possible. Keep doors and windows closed. Run an air condition if you have one, with
fresh-air intake closed. It is recommended to utilize a HEPA filter on you air condition if the unit can
- Limit physical activity. Engaging in outdoor physical activities especially rigorous exercises, can lead to increase
- Avoid using swamp coolers or whole house fans in smoky conditions. These types of cooling systems will draw air from the outside into your home, causing pollutants to enter your household.
- Do not add to indoor pollutants by using candles, fireplaces or gas stoves. Do not fry foods. Do not vacuum because it may stir up particles already inside your home. Refrain from smoking.
- Consider using N95 masks if you need to be outdoors to decrease your exposure.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to help keep your airways moist, which will reduce symptoms of respiratory irritation. Do not increase your water intake without first speaking to your provider if you have been told to limit the amount you drink or are currently taking water pills (diuretics).
- Monitor symptoms and if you experience symptoms of shortness of breath, chest pain, or other discomfort, seek medical attention.
All power in the county has been restored with the exception of Gasquet & Patrick Creek areas that are still evacuated. Pacific Power has mobilized their large generators into Gasquet so that when it is safe to do so, they can start the process of re-energizing the community. The Office of Emergency Services is working with the Sheriff to coordinate when that time will be and the process in which Gasquet will move from an Evacuation Level 3 so that they can re-populate. Due to damage, Pacific Power will need to make some repairs before restoring power to Patrick Creek residents. However, there is a plan to provide residential generators to those customers during this time until the substation can safely be powered. As you can imagine, a lot of coordination will take place in the coming days and we’ll update you as soon as we know more.
Generator power can sometimes fluctuate so prepare on the safe side of caution as to how much food you purchase until we are back to full power from the Pacific Power transmission lines.
Pacific Power Customer Service: (888)-221-7070.