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Updated: Gasquet Complex grows to 900 acres

Gasquet Complex wildfires grow to 800 acres
Roughly 150 fire personnel from across the state are battling several wildfires in Six Rivers National Forest's Gasquet Ranger District that as of 9 p.m. total 910 acres in size with 2 percent contained.

In the best case scenario, the fires will only grow to several thousand acres, said Incident Commander David Kelly of Southern California Interagency Incident Command Team 2, which is managing response efforts. 

“The potential for large fires is great in this area,” he said.

Meanwhile higher humidity, marine layer and smoke in the atmosphere coming from fires farther south have helped fire crews by blocking solar radiation, said Deputy Incident Commander Dan Felix. However, the weather has also made it difficult to deploy helicopters, air tankers and other aircraft.

All of the fires were sparked by lightning, according to incident command spokesman Jim Wilkins, and due to the dry conditions, more fires may be smoldering, Wilkins said.

Many of the fires can be accessed by roads, but some are located within the Siskiyou Wilderness. Wilkins said fire crews have received permission to use chainsaws, helicopters and gas-powered water portable pumps within the wilderness area.

Saltwater threatens Harbor's tap water

Low Chetco River, high tides, full moon lead to brackishness in community's supply

Usually the dogs are the first to indicate something’s up with the water.

Huffman calls for water release

On July 23 Yurok Tribe raised the alarm about the earlier than expected appearance of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis’ — commonly known as Ich (pronounced ick) — on the Lower Klamath River. On Monday U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, added his voice to the calls for help combating the spread of the potentially deadly parasite prior to the start of the fall salmon run.

Assembly's Jim Wood talks about first term

Del Norte's representative paid a visit to Crescent City

Assemblymember Jim Wood, who represents Del Norte and four other Northern California counties in the California State Assembly, was in Crescent City this weekend.

Fires light up the region

An unusually red sunset could be seen Sunday night from Pebble Beach a sign of wildfire smoke in the atmosphere. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Past week's lightning sparked dozens of blazes in 'unprecedented fire event'

Forty fires sparked by lightning strikes in the past week have been reported throughout the Six Rivers National Forest, including nine in Del Norte’s Gasquet Ranger District to make up the Gasquet Complex.

Catastrophe kept in perspective

Read more... Recent publicity over the “really big one,” a quake originating offshore sure to send seas lurching at 700 miles of rattled coastline, has heightened some people’s anxieties about living adjacent to the Cascadia subduction zone, but local experts say the event, while it will be bad, is not likely to be as thoroughly devastating as has been portrayed.

Day to day at the DNSO

While Sheriff Erik Apperson’s 180-day plan included many promises to implement specific programs and policies, he says it is all done with the larger aim of creating a safer community.

Shipwreck's modern legacy? Litigious

A bounty of $20 double eagle gold coins was resurfaced from the Brother Jonathan. The hand belongs to Doug Privitt, who built the sub, Delta, used for the salvage operation. Intell Free Press
 The sinking of the steamship Brother Jonathan 150 years ago this week has been called the deadliest shipwreck in California waters — only 21 out of more than 200 souls on board survived.

Redwood Hotel Casino cleared for more games

A new intergovernmental agreement signed earlier this week between the Yurok Tribe, Del Norte County and the state will permit the tribe to operate more games at its casino in Klamath.

Call logs, July 19-24, 2015

 Excerpts from the call logs for the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the Crescent City Police Department, July 19–24:

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