Knob Update: Evacuation Order Downgraded South of China Creek

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Firefighters from multiple agencies, including some that were pulled off the Monument Fire defended houses at the end of Enchanted Creek Lane on Monday. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Firefighters from multiple agencies, including some that were pulled off the Monument Fire defended houses at the end of Enchanted Creek Lane on Monday.

Due to successful work to contain the Knob Fire, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office has downgraded its evacuation order to an evacuation warning for areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road/Forest Route 6N08A to State Route 299, south of China Creek.

Residents who live in this area may begin to return home but should remain ready to evacuate again at a moment’s notice.

Evacuation Orders remain in effect for areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road/Forest Route 6N08A to State Route 299, south of Victor Creek to China Creek.

The Knob Fire is currently at 2,414 acres and 89 percent contained.

Read the full press release below.

Evacuation order downgraded for areas south of China Creek

Due to positive developments in fire behavior and successful work to contain the Knob Fire, the Evacuation Order for the following areas has been downgraded to an evacuation warning:

All areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road/Forest Route 6N08A to Highway 299, south of China Creek to the end of Forest Route 6N20.


Residents who live in this area may begin to return home but should remain ready to evacuate again at a moment’s notice.


EVACUATION INFORMATION

An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for:

  • Areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road/Forest Route 6N08A to Highway 299, south of Victor Creek to China Creek.

EVACUATION WARNINGS remain in effect for:

  •  Areas east of Boise Creek to the Humboldt/Trinity County Line, south of the Trinity River to Victor Creek.
  • All areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road/Forest Route 6N08A to Highway 299, south of China Creek to the end of Forest Route 6N20.

A map of evacuation zones is available at tinyurl.com/humcoevacmap

More information about the USFS response to the Knob Fire and current acreage/containment estimates can be found here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7750/.

Power outage information, including current areas impacted by outages, can be found: https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outages/map/.

RETURNING HOME FROM AFTER A WILDFIRE

Once a wildfire has burned through or near an area, many dangers can remain. Firefighters and utility workers begin restoring fire damaged areas as soon as they can. It is important to be aware of the hazards and know what to look for once an evacuation order is lifted.

  1. When driving, watch for trees, brush and rocks which may have been weakened or loosened by fire weather and response. Be aware of debris or damage to roadways.
  2. Inspect your home: check for the smell of gas and use a battery-powered flashlight to check for hot embers in rain gutters, on the roof, under overhangs, under decks and crawl spaces, wood and debris piles and attic.
  3. If electricity is off, make sure all appliances are off before turning power back on. If there are any electrical wires on the ground, stay clear and contact your utility company immediately.
  4. Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  5. Use a hose or wet towels to wet down and wipe off ash rather than sweeping or blowing it back into the air, creating unhealthy conditions.
  6. Consider replacing all filters in your home and vehicle.
  7. To rid your home of the smell of smoke, attach filters to box fans, cover with a wet towel doused in fabric softener and allow them to run to filter the air.


For more information on returning home after a wildfire and other great tips, visit: www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire/

SIGN UP FOR HUMBOLDT ALERT

County residents are encouraged to sign up for county emergency notifications via Humboldt Alert at humboldtgov.org/alerts. Residents must opt-in to receive evacuation notifications via phone or email.

If having trouble signing up for Humboldt Alert online, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services at 707-268-2500

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Daily information updates will continue to be distributed by the United States Forest Service online at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7750/ and on the U.S. Forest Service - Shasta-Trinity National Forest Facebook Page.

For more information regarding the Knob Fire, current impact and evacuation areas, please go to humboldtsheriff.org, visit @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter, or call 707-268-2500.


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