Six Rivers National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
118 Fortuna Blvd. Fortuna California 95540
Eureka, CA 95501
Mad River, CA— No additional growth has occurred on the fires in several days, although unburned pockets continue to ignite. Crews will continue to monitor roads and assess hot spots as needed over the coming days. Suppression repair is also continuing, with crews across both complexes rehabilitating dozer and hand lines, addressing erosion, and repairing roads, bridges, and culverts damaged during suppression efforts. BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) Teams remain in the area, assessing for watershed and erosion impacts. Their assessments will be made public once they are complete.
As of this morning, the Advisory Evacuation for the Rutledge area has been lifted, and the Van Duzen Road is now open to all traffic. There is still a great deal of fire traffic and activity on the road and temporary closures may occur without notice as operations continue. Motorists are asked to drive slowly and be cognizant of firefighters and equipment on or near roadways and in the fire area. NorCal Team 2 will transfer command of the fire to a Type 3 organization at 6 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Residents can expect the Incident Command Post on Van Duzen Road to reduce considerably in size or move entirely to another location. In addition, today will be the last day that air resources are specifically assigned to the Route and Mad River Complexes (although aircraft is still available to the incidents on an as-needed basis) and the helibase will be closed at the end of the operational shift today. Operations, including patrol and suppression repair, will continue into the forseeable future. The last update on the fire will be issued on Thursday morning unless conditions change considerably. After that, fire information will be provided through the Six Rivers National Forest at (707) 441-3673 or (707) 441-3595 during normal business hours. Inciweb and Facebook will be updated as conditions change.
Evacuations and closures Updated as of 8am on September 2, 2015: Roads may be intermittently closed without notice due to tree/ debris removal. Please call the fire information numbers (above) for the most current road closures. · The Voluntary Evacuation on Forest Road 1S14 Road (Rutledge area) has been lifted. · Road 512 (Van Duzen Road) is now OPEN to all traffic. · Forest roads within the fire perimeters remain closed due to falling trees and unsafe conditions. Please visit the Six Rivers National Forest website for more information, and adhere to signed closures. A Forest Closure remains in place on the Shasta Trinity National Forest. Please check their website for closure information.