Carr Fire Grows to 20,000 Acres

Jul 26, 2018
California Highway Patrol-Redding

**UPDATE 6:40 a.m. : Cal Fire lists new mandatory evacuations in Swasey to Lower Springs, Lower Springs to State Route 299, Victoria Drive and all roads coming off Victoria. 

Residents Raise More Concerns Over Last Chance Grade

Jul 20, 2018
Natalya Estrada

Thousands of cars pass through this four mile stretch of highway 101 every day. The area is just south of Crescent City and its part of a regular commute for residents and travelers in Del Norte County. It’s known as Last Chance Grade and it’s notorious for slide activity. While it’s constantly under maintenance and monitored with geotechnical equipment by Caltrans, some residents feel like it’s only a matter of time before the road literally falls into the ocean.

Caltrans District 1

The public has the opportunity to weigh in on Last Chance Grade in Del Norte County. According to Caltrans, the state agency announced the release of a geotechnical risk assessment for the project. 

Last Chance Grade expands over a coastal stretch of Highway 101, four miles south of crescent city in Del Norte County. The particular area is notorious for its susceptibility to landslide activity. The risk assessment will help Caltrans narrow down long-term solutions for the area.

Travel challenges abound for Humboldt County residents, typically ranging from airplanes and fog to copious amounts of rain and subsequent landslides. 

HSU President Rossbacher's recent jaunt down to the CSU Chancellor's office turned into the epic journey many of us easily recognize.


According to CalTrans,  US-101 is "closed approximately 10 miles north of the Del Norte County line (near Trees of Mystery) due to a downed tree that has fallen into power lines. Caltrans and fire personnel are on the scene, and PG&E is en route." No estimated time of reopening is reported. 

State highway 299 is also closed near French Creek due to a rockslide.