Lightning Fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest
TRINITY COUNTY – The U.S. Forest Service is currently engaged in fighting several fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Thunderstorms in the area Wednesday have ignited at least 19 fires. The USFS South Fork and Trinity River Management Units have identified fires in the areas of Southern Trinity, Hayfork, Trinity Lake, Canyon Creek, and Downriver. Resources are on scene at many fires, and are making ...their way to more remote fires.
The Forest Service will continue to use air resources and ground patrols to identify new fire starts. To report a new fire, please call 911.
For up to date lightning fire information, go to the SHF Lightning Fires 2019 map at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/6370/, and be sure to follow the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ShastaTrinityNF and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF.
Heat Risk Forecast for Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27
Go to https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/wrh/heatrisk/ and click on the map to see the heat risk for your location.
After last year’s fire season, one notable problem was the lack of standardized language between responding agencies in regards to evacuation notices being given to the public. Because of this, Cal OES, the State Sheriff’s Association and statewide fire agencies are adopting new terminology in regards to wildfire evacuation incidents. From now on, we will be utilizing the language below. We will no longer use “Advisory” or “Mandatory” in regards to evacuation notices.
Evacuation Warning: Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
Evacuation Order: Immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.
Shelter in Place: Stay indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or until being contacted by emergency personnel with additional direction.
CodeRED/IPAWS Emergency Alert Test - August 14
The Trinity County Office of Emergency Services in conjunction with Trinity County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a follow-up test of the CodeRed and Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS) on August 14th at 9:00 A.M. A second test was advised by the CodeRed vendor in order to allow them the chance to correct the network timing and switching issues encountered during the previous test, which resulted in some residents not being notified.
It is also important for residents to load the CodeRed phone numbers into their cell phone before the test to prevent confusing the test call with a spam or robocall. It is recommended to save the two numbers into a single contact and naming it “CodeRed” or “Emergency Alert”. The two numbers that are used by the system are 866-419-5000 and 855-969-4636.
Residents are urged to sign up for a CodeRed account, and anyone not receiving the test notification can register for CodeRed at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF42F95647FB or by calling OES at 530-623-1116 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include name, phone number, cell provider if adding a cell phone, and physical address if leaving a message or sending an email.
CodeRED/IPAWS Emergency Alert Test - July 17
Reminder: CodeRED/IPAWS Emergency Alert Test - July 17
The Trinity County Office of Emergency Services in conjunction with Trinity County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a County-Wide test of the CodeRed and Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS) on July 17th at 8:50 A.M. During the test, everyone in Trinity County that has signed up for CodeRed should receive the test notification. Additionally, we will be testing IPAWS, which will send an alert to all cell phones in the county with cell service.
The purpose of this test is to give residents a piece of mind that during an emergency situation they would receive the emergency alert. It is important for everyone to load the phone number into their cell phone as well, so any call in the future would be easily recognizable as an emergency alert. OES recommends adding the numbers as a contact and naming it “CodeRed” or “Emergency Alert”. The two numbers that could be used by the system are 866-419-5000 and 855-969-4636.
Residents are urged to sign up for a CodeRed account, and anyone not receiving the test notification can register for CodeRed at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BFB7CC4C6C0A or by calling OES at 530-623-1116 or sending an email to email@example.com. All that is needed is name, phone number, cell provider if adding a cell phone, and physical address to get a free account.
Do not use a lawn mower on weeds or dry grass
Properly dispose of cigarettes and matches
Avoid power equipment that creates sparks
Make sure no vehicle parts drag on the ground, including towing chains
- Wear sun protection
- Limit outdoor activities
- Check on children, pets, & the elderly
Use Caution: Rivers and Lakes Remain COLD for Father’s Day Weekend
Exposure to cold water can quickly cause hypothermia, especially in children & elderly.
Hypothermia is a sudden loss of body temperature, which can be fatal
If you see someone with signs of hypothermia, get help immediately!
Always wear life vests and keep a close eye on children in or near water.
Lightning Do’s and Don’ts
- Find a Sturdy House, Building or Car with a Roof
- Go Indoors When You Hear Thunder or See Lightning
- Stay Indoors For At Least 30 Minutes After You Last Hear Thunder
- Don’t Shelter Under Pavilions, Dugouts, or Other Small Structures
- Don’t Go Near Water, Tall Trees, or Metal Objects
- Don’t Use or Touch Corded Electronics, Outlets, or Windows
These transfer sites will be accepting brush from Trinity County residents free of charge during regular operating days/hours between June 18 and June 29, 2019 only.
Click title above for information about locations and days/times.
All residents are encouraged to go to the CalFire website at http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Prepare-for-Wildfire/ and ensure they are prepared for fire season.
We all need to be prepared. Please take a few minutes and consider the information on the website so we are best prepared as residents to do our part to help protect what we have earned!
Information on CodeRED:
All residents of Trinity County are encouraged to sign up to receive CodeRED messages of their choosing: i.e. email, text and phone (landline and cell). All information is treated for official use only, to be used only as a means for disseminating emergency information.
CodeRED Signup: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF42F95647FB
CodeRED Mobile Download: https://www.onsolve.com/solutions/products/codered/mobile-alert-app/codered-mobile-apps-download/
OES is also in the process of being qualified through FEMA to send emergency messages by way of television, radio or cell phone within the Trinity County Operational Area (TCOA) during a time of a disaster (it is the same method as the weekly test scrolling on the television or interrupting a radio broadcast).
The Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS) uses the US Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) to send emergency messages across televisions, radios and any cell phone capable of receiving messages within the operational area. More information about IPAWS is below:
- CodeRED - IPAWS architecture
- CodeRED - IPAWS Guide
County Plans and Guidance
OTHER USEFUL LINKS:
Buckhorn Traffic Cam (via Caltrans)
Oregon Mountain Traffic Cam (via Caltrans):
Local Chain Requirements (via Caltrans)
Disaster Service Worker Community Volunteer Program