NEAR SEIAD VALLEY, Calif. — The fires in Northern California continue to grow with the Happy Camp Complex expanding roughly 4500 acres overnight
More than 2000 firefighters on the complex still have a big job ahead of them.
On Friday, erratic winds hurled smoke and embers into the air and helped the fires grow by about 30 percent.
Now the two fires on that complex have merged into one. On Sunday, structure protection crews are scouring Highway 96 and Scott River Road hoping to protect the 695 threatened structures in the area.
Meanwhile, wildland crews say despite some low temperatures and high humidity over the past couple of days, the fire’s rapid spread is creating a big challenge.
“The fuels were very dry, even the large fuels, and then with the sunny days, warm temperatures added to that, and then we got winds that were aligned with the canyon. So with the canyon winds lining and the warm temperatures, it kind of blew the fire,” said Public Information Officer Dave Schmitt.
More and more personnel are being added to that firefight. 137 engines and 19 helicopters are also assisting. So far no structures have been lost or damaged from that fire.
Mandatory evacuations and advisories are currently in place for that complex, affecting around 250 homes.
All residents on Scott River Road from Bridge Flat to the intersection of Highway 96 are still under mandatory evacuations.
The same applies to all areas south of Highway 96 from Scott River Road down to Cade Summit.
Meanwhile evacuation advisories are in place for areas north of Highway 96 between Scott River Road and Grider Creek.
Crews also recommend caution for those travelling in the area as dense smoke has created low visibility conditions.