Though it gave Crescent City and Gasquet an air quality index of good Friday, the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District stated that smoke from wildfires in Southwestern Oregon and points farther north were impacting coastal areas.
The Natchez and Klondike/Taylor fires continue to impact Del Norte County and Southern Oregon, according to the NCUAQMD release.
The Mill Creek 1 Fire continues to impact air quality along the Trinity and Klamath river drainages in Humboldt County with the NCUAQMD issuing an air quality advisory for unhealthy to very unhealthy conditions in Orleans, Hoopa and Willow Creek.
In Trinity County, Weaverville and Lewiston are experiencing moderate air quality conditions, according to the NCUAQMD release. The Carr and Hirz fires continue to impact eastern Trinity and Shasta counties.
Meanwhile, Gasquet continues to experience moderate air quality conditions, according to the press release. Air quality conditions along the coast and in the Eureka area are good to moderate. In Weitchpec, air quality conditions are unhealthy for sensitive groups with periods of unhealthy air quality conditions.
According to Inciweb, the lightning-caused Natchez Fire, burning in eastern Del Norte County and Siskiyou County near Happy Camp is at 23,773 acres and is 70 percent contained. According to an incident overview, the community of Sunstar has been placed on a Level 1 evacuation status as a result of the Natchez Fire.
Over the state line in Oregon, the Klondike Fire is at 80,725 acres and is 37 percent contained, according to Inciweb. The Taylor Fire has burned an estimated 52,796 acres and is 95 percent contained as of Friday, according to Inciweb.
Both fires are actively burning in the footprint of the 2002 Biscuit fire with the western edge of the Klondike Fire spreading into the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and bumping up against the footprint of last year’s Chetco Bar Fire, according to Inciweb.
In Humboldt County, the Mill Creek 1 Fire has burned an estimated 2,921 acres and is 42 percent contained. As a result, State Route 96 is closed from Bull Creek to Mill Creek due to fire behavior. Traffic is being redirected through Dowd Road, according to Inciweb.
There is a $10,000 reward offered for information regarding the fire. Calls will be taken on an anonymous hotline at 1-800-468-4402.
According to CalFire, the Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity counties has burned 229,651 acres and is 93 percent contained. The Hirz Fire burning to the northeast is at 22,622 acres and is 19 percent contained, according to InciWeb.
In Lake and Mendocino counties, the Mendocino Complex fire has burned an estimated 422,396 acres and is 74 percent contained, according to InciWeb.
For air quality advisory information, call 1-866-287-6329 or visit www.ncuaqmd.org.