Sunday, January 29, 2023

Forecast of Thunderstorms Prompt Predictions of ‘Extreme Fire Behavior’ and Red Flag Warnings Throughout the Emerald Triangle

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Thunderstorms predicted to rumble above northeastern Mendocino, eastern Humboldt, and throughout Trinity County have prompted a Red Flag Warning over the region. 

Dry vegetation on the ground, low relative humidity in the atmosphere, and the possibility of air-to-ground lightning strikes indicate the potential for extreme fire behavior that could occur between 11:00 a.m. tomorrow to 11:00 that night.

A map from the National Weather Service indicates the Red Flag Warning is affecting the totality of Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Siskiyou, Lake Counties, and the northeastern region of Mendocino County.

The National Weather Service, Eureka Office described the weather system contributing to these dangerous conditions:

“…Mid level moisture will combine with elevated instability to bring a high potential of thunderstorm activity across interior areas of Northwest CA on Wednesday. A lack of moisture at lower levels of the airmass will promote a dry nature to cloud to ground Strikes.”

The winds could gust up to 30-40 miles per hour and the National Weather Services “predicts any fires that develop will likely spread quickly.”

Currently, Pacific Gas & Electric has stated there is no predicted Public Safety Power Shutoff in the next seven days, but that could change. Visit PG&E’s PSPS Forecast website to keep abreast of any updates.

This dangerous weather event coincides with the Six River Lightning Fire Complex burning in eastern Humboldt and Trinity Counties. The burn area of the 20,000-acre fire lies in the midst of the region affected by the Red Flag Warning. 

The National Weather Service gathered the following safety tips to consider when approaching a red flag warning. 

  • If you are allowed to burn in your area, all burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover, with holes no larger than 3/4 of an inch.
  • Do not throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road and become a wildfire.
  • Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it.
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, ignite a fire, and quickly spread.

With the potential of a fast-growing wildfire, please review the following wildfire evacuation checklist curated by the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services. Please do not underestimate the threat to life posed by our region’s wildfires:



  1. Yep blame mother nature, meanwhile Global Warming folks are out and about!
    Headlines you can GOOGLE below

    Two Fires Flare-Up South of Clearlake—Possible Arson

    Washington Woman Admits to Law Enforcement She Sparked Yesterday’s Ogulin Fire in Clearlake

    Small Vegetation Fire Flares Up Near Ukiah’s Water Treatment Plant

    Willits Man Accused of Purposefully Igniting Fire in Forest Land

    Wildfire Breaks Out Near Piercy

    Arson Arrests Being Made Across the West Coast – Multiple Fires Identified as Arson – 27 People Killed, Dozens Missing….

    10 fires one man–investigators said he was linked to nearly a dozen forest fires in Sonoma County.

    California Arsonist Was a Radical Anti-Trumper
    ‘His lack of empathy … might activate a sense of the need for treatment

    Is It Wildfire Terrorism? What Extremists Say About Arson Ambitions

    • I googled the transient who lit those 10 fires, Jack Stanley Seprish, and found nothing that indicates what his political affiliation is. I wonder if you just made up that ‘fact’ to peddle your own agenda.

      • So you don’t know ? Just bored and started a fire then another, then another 10 times. Seems pretty dedicated to his craft. A 43-year-old transient, lives off other people’s taxes. Rips off peoples houses.Sounds like a product of the socialist liberal agenda. The College professor claims innocence and no axe to grind too. Yet he had an agenda as revealed in his posts.BLM activist livestreams his own arrest after allegedly setting fire in Washington State denying any agenda. “Burn the forest down”: Wildfire at Manitou Incline investigated as arson in Colorado headline, don’t worry that guy will say not guilty, no agenda.

        Mentally Ill you may say?Even they have agendas.

        What is your agenda? Sure was a lot of fires before these recent lightning storms. Arsonist’s work during storms, provides good cover. Global Warming people love the fires to justify their agenda and push their claims.

        My agenda is clean air, fuel reduction in forests, sustainable logging, not allowing pine beetles or other bad insects to have soaring populations in woodlands.

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I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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