Helena/Fork Fire Morning Update 9/4/17
Incident: Helena - Fork Fire Wildfire
Helena Fire / Fork Fire Update
September 4, 2017 11:00 a.m.
Fire Information: 530-628-0039 8am to 8pm / firstname.lastname@example.orgHelena Fire https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5564 Fork Fire https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5577
The Helena Fire, under unified command with CALFIRE and California Interagency Incident Management Team 3, continues to burn near Junction City, Helena, Red Hill and Hocker Flats. Helena Fire - Date/Time Reported: August 30, 2017 Cause: Under investigation Size: 8940 acres Containment: 14% Location: Near Junction City, CA Resources: Fire Crews: 24 Engines: 113 Bulldozers: 16 Water Tenders: 12 Helicopters: 8 Total Personnel: 1223 Status: The fire remained active overnight, however cooler temperatures and higher humidities allowed firefighters to continue to make progress. The heavy inversion which is causing smoke to settle over the area will help firefighters this morning. This afternoon, temperatures will allow the fire to increase in activity and a smoke column and fire activity is expected to increase. The fire slows down when it reaches areas where previous fires have occurred. Firefighting efforts are hampered by the rugged and steep terrain. Crews are patrolling Brock Gulch, adding direct line and improving hand and dozer lines on the northeast side of the fire. Additional secondary lines are also being constructed. The strategic burn operations from previous days are holding. Crews are developing contingency lines near Rattlesnake Gulch, and engines continue structure protection. A spot fire has been identified around Weaver Bally, in West Weaver Creek drainage. Crews are monitoring the fire activity in this area. Please stay out of this area to allow firefighting equipment to move through and work in this area. Fork Fire - Date/Time Reported: August 7, 2017 Cause: Lightning Size: 1050 acres Containment: 0% Location: North of Monument Peak and southwest of East Fork Lakes in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Resources: Fire Engines: 2 Total Resources: 12 Status: Crews are on site assessing locations for construction of fire lines and additional access routes. Evacuations: The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for residents between Helena and Oregon Mountain Summit, including the Canyon Creek area; Red Hill Road and all roads off of Red Hill Road; Valdor Road; Canyon Creek and all roads off of Canyon Creek; Power House Road and Upper Road. An evacuation center has been established at the First Baptist Church in Weaverville. The shelter for farm animals is located at the Trinity High School. Dogs and cats can be taken to the Trinity County Animal Shelter. A Local Assistance Center (LAC) will be available beginning Tuesday to provide assistance for those affected by the fire. The Office of Emergency Services will provide additional details. Damage Assessment: A damage assessment has been completed for structures in the Helena Fire area. The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office will provide property information to residents. The Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 530-623- 8103 and will post walk-in office hours on their Facebook page. Weather and Smoke: The fire area is under a hazardous weather outlook with an excessive heat warning. Smoke from fires in northern California and southern Oregon is creating unhealthy air conditions. Visit ncuaqmd.org for air quality information and hours and locations of clean air shelters. Road Closures: Highway 299 is closed; however, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) anticipates openings today at the following times: 5:30am, 9:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, and 9:30 pm. Eastbound and Westbound traffic in line at these times will be allowed through the area under traffic control, depending on fire activity and operations. These openings are for through traffic only. All areas under evacuation orders remain closed. Wilderness / Recreation Access: The Canyon Creek and Hobo Gulch Trailheads are not accessible due to the Hwy 299 closure. Hikers and horseback riders in other areas of the Trinity Alps Wilderness should be aware of smoke, and firefighting equipment in the area due to fire activity. The BLM Junction City Campground and Bagdad River Access along Highway 299 and the Grapevine Swimming Hole on East Fork Road are closed until further notice.