**Update: The Mill Creek 1 Fire Incident Command reports that they will attempt to provide an opportunity for the public to use Highway 96. Interagency co-operators will provide three openings a day in each direction: north and south.
A pilot car is set to escort travelers through the fire area. The timeframes are at 7 a.m. , noon and 6 p.m. today. Shuttle times could be canceled or delayed depending on fire activity.
The Mill Creek 1 Fire which started in Hoopa Valley, south of Weitchpec, has grown to over 2000 acres. The North Coast Journal reports that Orleans, Weitchpec, Hoopa, Willow Creek and Bald hills have unhealthy air quality due to smoke and officials caution people with breathing issues or other sensitivities to stay inside or go to local clean air sites.
Those sites are listed here:
Hoopa Neighborhood Facility, 11860 State Highway 96, Hoopa- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hoopa Health Association Senior Nutrition Center (available to Tribal seniors). 768 Loop Road, Hoopa- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weitchpec Tribal Office, 23001 Highway 96, Weitchpec- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Morek Won Community Center, 390 McKinnon Hill Road, Weitchpec- Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A press release from the Mill Creek 1 Fire interagency incident management team says the Mill Creek 1 Fire was caused by arson on Tribal Lands near Hoopa. They also noted there is a $10,000 reward offered for information regarding the fire. At the moment, California State highway 96 is closed from Bull Creek to Mill Creek due to fire behavior. Traffic is being redirected through Dowd Road. The diversion is for the safety of the public as well as crews and aerial resources working on the fire. Officials also say school will be delayed due to the closure of Highway 96.
The latest incident report says the fire is at 2,247 acres and 26 percent contained. The Hoopa Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services posted this update last night.
*KHSU will update when more information becomes available.