On this week's Thursday Night Talk, Yana Valachovic spoke with three regional scientists to help us understand what is really going on with wildfire in California. The Carr, Mendocino Complex, Wine Country, Ferguson and Thomas Fires have burned homes in unexpected places, taken many lives, filled our skies with smoke, and for many leads to the question of what can be done?  Together they explored whether or not this is the “new normal” and what we can do to become better fire adapted.

Mill Creek 1 Fire Over 2000 Acres

Aug 23, 2018

**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. 

Carr, Mendocino Complex and Garner Complex Fire Update

Jul 30, 2018
Caltrans District 2

Carr Fire 

**Update at 3 PM: Fire has grown to 110,154 acres and is 27% contained.

Repopulation notice: Cal Fire reports that some evacuation orders are lifted for the Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity Counties.

Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit

A total of 500 homes and structures are destroyed and 75 are damaged by the Carr Fire in Shasta County. Additionally, 4,978 structures are threatened. The fire has grown to 80,906 acres and is 5 percent contained. More than 38,000 people have evacuated. Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit is set to hold a community meeting conference at 4 p.m. today (Saturday, July 28) at Alta Mesa Elementary School-at 2301 Saturn Sky Way in Redding. 

Mendocino Complex Fires Grow Over Weekend

Jul 28, 2018
Cal Fire Mendocino Unit

*Update at 1:30 p.m. : New animal evacuation shelters for Lake and Mendocino County are in the latest Cal Fire incident report. 

Carr Fire Evacuation Areas, Centers and Map of Fire

Jul 27, 2018
Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit

Cal Fire held a press conference at 4 p.m. and officials with the agency as well as the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, the Redding Police Department, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service and the California Office of Emergency Services discussed evacuation efforts. 

Redding Police Department Chief Roger Moore urged residents to heed fire evacuation warnings and to not delay action to leave areas threatened by the Carr Fire.


Both the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests Services have released an update that the Grape Fire is currently at 244 acres but containment has increased to 60 percent as of May 1st. According to officials there will be a meeting on Thursday May, 3rd at 4 p.m. at the volunteer fire station in Hyampom. District Rangers and District Fire Management Officers from both Forest Services will be at the meetings to address questions and concerns. 


[KHSU is updating this post as the situation evolves.]

As of Wednesday, at least 22 fires are burning across northern California counties with little to no containment.

11:18 Weds: Air quality statement: "Smoke from fires to the south (Mendocino Lake Complex and from the Santa Rosa area fires) may continue to affect southern Humboldt County depending on proximity. The weather forecast is for winds to continue to push this smoke to the south over the weekend. Air quality in southern Humboldt is forecast to be “Good” to “Moderate” with the possibility for “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” in the late evening. "

Del Norte and Trinity Counties should see “Good” to “Moderate” air quality.