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Fire news as of 6 p.m. July 31

(Update as of 6 p.m., July 31)


*A meeting is tentatively being scheduled for Crescent City residents by the U.S. Forest Service for tomorrow at 8 p.m. The location has not yet been determined.

*Wally Bennett of the U.S. Forest Service was given command of the firefighting efforts last night. He heads the Northern Rockies National Incident Command Team from Montana.

*An assessment of the fires showed the Shelley Creek Fire had tripled over night and now has spread to 700 acres. The larger Sour Biscuit Fire, now only a few miles from the giant Florence Fire in Oregon, is more than 33,000 acres.

*There's still no threat to Low Divide Area homes.

*The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meets Thursday to declare a county emergency.

(Update as of 11 a.m., July 31)


Gasquet residents are requested to attend a fire meeting tonight at Gasquet Legion Hall.

Commanders Tony Luis and George Mina of the Del Norte County Sheriff's Department announced the meeting Wednesday and said only Gasquet residents can attend. Luis said people who do not live in the Gasquet area will be turned back because Highway 199 is still closed to all traffic but local residents and emergency vehicles.

A meeting for residents of Hiouchi and Low Divide Road will be held at a time and place yet to be announced.

Luis said the U.S. Forest Service, members of the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors and law enforcement officials should be in attendence to answer questions from residents.


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