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Forest Closure In Effect For Areas Near Six Rivers Lightning Complex

The Six Rivers Lightning Complex has prompted the Forest Service to issue an emergency forest closure for all roads, trails and land on the Lower Trinity Ranger District. The Six Rivers Complex is made up of five active fires, spread both north and south of Highway 299. They’ve burned a total of 12,500 acres in Trinity and Humboldt Counties, still with zero containment. The fires are burning on extremely steep, rugged and difficult to access terrain, making direct ground attack nearly impossible. Dozer lines are being constructed wherever possible and aircraft are making drops when the smoke is light enough to see through. The fuels at lower elevations are mostly downed hardwoods from last Winter’s snowstorms, while at higher elevations the fire is fueled by light timber understory and slash on extremely steep grades. Threatened communities include Salyer and Willow Creek, as well as Hoopa Tribal areas. So far, no structures have been lost. Current evacuation orders can be found at community.zonehaven.com. Updates for locals will be provided at a community meeting at the Willow Creek Bible Church on Brannon Mountain Road Thursday night at 6PM.