July 14, 2024
The Smith River Complex is the state's second largest wildfire of the season.

A week after lightning storms sparked dozens of wildfires, evacuation orders and warnings remain in place in four counties in California’s northwestern corner.

The Smith River Complex in Del Norte County is the state’s second largest wildfire of the season, having burned 35,053 acres (55 square miles) as of Monday, Aug. 21. (California’s largest wildfire of 2023 is York, at more than 90,000 acres.)

Warnings of hazardous or very unhealthy air quality were issued Aug. 21 for the communities of Somes Bar, Weitchpec, Hoopa, Willow Creek and Gasquet. Wildfire smoke forecasts will be issued daily by the North Coast air quality agency.

The map above shows the mandatory evacuation orders in red and the approximate perimeters of the largest fires in black. Colored dots show the locations of some of the smaller fires.

For updates and more information, see the links under each fire’s description.

Del Norte County

1/ Smith River Complex (orange dots). Official size 35,053 acres (55 square miles). Almost all of that is the merged Holiday and Kelly fires, which have crossed into Oregon.

Evacuation order: Gasquet and all other communities along Highway 199 from just east of Hiouchi to the Oregon line, plus residents in forested areas near the major fires.
Power outage: Pacific Power has de-energized transmission lines in the county and has no estimate for time of restoration. Generators are powering lines for some critical businesses and services in Crescent City.
Schools: Opening date has been pushed back to Sept. 5.

More information

Del Norte County sheriff
Six Rivers National Forest
Pacific Power outage update

Siskiyou County

2/ Happy Camp Complex (red dots). Thirteen fires totaling 11,308 acres (18 square miles), including Head (6,469 acres), Canyon (1,108), Elliott, Three Creeks, Swillup. More than 1,600 structures are threatened and nine have been destroyed. One resident, a 71-year-old man, was found dead outside his home near Scott Bar, in the evacuation zone.

Evacuation order: Two areas totaling more than 500 square miles, shown in red on the map, plus warnings for 18 other zones (warning areas not shown; see Genasys link below).

More information

Siskiyou County sheriff
Klamath National Forest
Genasys Protect evacuation map (formerly Zonehaven)

Humboldt County

3/ Six Rivers Forest Lightning Complex (purple dots). Fires totaling 4,435 acres, the largest being Lone Pine (1,624, at the edge of the Hoopa Valley reservation) and Pearch (981).

Evacuation warning: The warning zone for Pearch covers part of Siskiyou County as well. See the Genasys link below for boundaries.

4/ South Fork Complex (blue dots). Largest fires 3-9 and Pilot have burned about 900 acres. No evacuation orders or warnings.

More information

Humboldt County sheriff
Six Rivers National Forest
Genasys Protect evacuation map (formerly Zonehaven)

Trinity County

5/ Deep Fire, 3,662 acres. Evacuation order for a sparsely inhabited area of the Trinity Alps Wilderness.

6/ Bennett Fire. Evacuation warning in effect at county’s west edge.

More information

Trinity County sheriff
Trinity County evacuations map

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