Del Norte County Fires, now known as the Smith River Complex

Release Date: Aug 16, 2023

Eureka, Calif., August 16, 2023— There are currently 13 fires within the Smith River Complex in Del Norte County, 3 of which have been fully contained. The remaining 10 fires are estimated to be over 1,500 acres, these fires include the Holiday, Kelly, Prescott, Diamond, and other smaller fires.

Firefighters are facing challenges due to extreme weather conditions and rugged terrain. During these emerging incidents, firefighter safety remains a top priority for the Six Rivers National Forest. Overnight an infrared flight will occur, weather permitting, to provide a more accurate assessment of the size of the fires.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 15 will be in-briefing at 1200 on August 17th, 2023, and will assume command immediately after.

Evacuations

Evacuation orders have been placed by the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office, if you are in the area please sign up for their Community Alert System to receive emergency notifications. Evacuation levels as of 6:45pm, today August 16 are as follows:

Level 3 “Go Now” for Patrick Creek, Little Jones Creek, Copper Creek Drainage, Coon Creek/ 16n19 17n07.

Level 2 “Be Set” for Washington Flat, High Divide, Rowdy Creek, Pioneer/Panther Flat.

Level 1 “Be Ready” for French Hill, Big Flat/Rock Creek, Low Divide, Gasquet.

Closures

U.S. Highway 199 is fully closed in Del Norte County from Pioneer Road to Oregon Mountain Road (PM 16 to 31) due to the fires. The road is expected to be closed through the night, and there is no estimated time of reopening. A hard closure is in place on U.S. 199 at the Agriculture Station near the Oregon border. For the latest road conditions please visit quickmap.dot.ca.gov

U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in the area are closed, this includes Patrick Creek, Grassy Flat, Panther Flat, and Big Flat Campgrounds.