Increased fire, smoke activity from Happy Camp Complex

Press release from the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District:

The Happy Camp complex continues to have increased fire activity and an increase in smoke production. Weather forecasts predict offshore (northeast) wind that will bring smoke to areas west and southwest of the fire.

Periods of late morning and afternoon smoke impacts are anticipated to reach the moderate range again today in and around Orleans, Hoopa, Willow Creek, Somes Bar, and Weaverville. The smoke may become greater by early afternoon in Orleans and Somes Bar. Coastal areas shall continue to see areas of smoke.

Strategic burns continue to be used. Heavy smoke impacted portions of Highway 96 yesterday and is likely to occur again today. Tomorrow forecast should be similar to today, with smoke predicted to travel in a slightly more southwesterly direction.

Areas of wildfire smoke are predicted to impact the following regions:

• Del Norte County

• Humboldt County

• Trinity County

If you live (or plan travel) in the regions listed above, please watch for Air Quality Alerts, which are issued when unhealthy or hazardous conditions exist.

For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call the NCUAQMD's hotline toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329), or visit the website at