Red Salmon Complex Fires Continue to Spread, Impact Air Quality


Wildfire smoke turned Humboldt County skies orange throughout the day Wednesday. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Wildfire smoke turned Humboldt County skies orange throughout the day Wednesday.

Crews continued to fight the Red Salmon Complex Fire burning east of Hoopa last night, as the fire continued to spread to the southwest into the Trinity Alps and prompted an evacuation order in the town of Denny.

"Fire crew efforts will be focused today on direct attack of the fire where possible and safety to do so, the construction of an indirect wireline and prepping for firing operations," reads an update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, adding that 10N02 Road will serve as a primary line for containing the fire east of the Hoopa Valley Reservation.

The fire currently spans more than 77,000 acres and is 18 percent contained, with nearly 800 fire personnel from nine crews fighting the blaze.

The weather forecast is hot and dry through the end of the week, with low humidity, and smoke from the fires is expected to continue to impact the region's air quality.

"Heavy smoke from the Red Salmon Complex will combine with smoke from other fires in the area and affect the entire forecast zone," reads the update. "Communities that are closer to the fire may see levels towards the 'Very Unhealthy' category with potential periods into 'Hazardous.'"

A map shows air quality is projected to be "Very Unhealthy" — meaning everyone should avoid "prolonged" exposure or heavy outdoor exertion — in Orleans and Weitchpec, while it's projected to be "Unhealthy" — meaning people within sensitive groups should avoid all outdoor activity — in Willow Creek, Hoopa and Klamath. Air in Eureka is expected to be "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups," meaning those people should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.

Check out the full updates on the fire system and air quality below, and find the latest updates here.

See related PDF Red_Salmon_Complex_UPDATE_9-10-20_Final.pdf
See related PDF 2020-09-10-NWCalifornia-Outlook.20200910140118.pdf

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