Archives for October 2019

Eureka Building Demolished After Fire

Fire at an abandoned building on the corner of 9 th St. and H St. Wednesday night.
Humboldt Bay Fire crews arrived to find a working fire. The incident was quickly
upgraded to a 2nd and then 3rd alarm, pulling in Fire resources from several local
jurisdictions, detailed below.
Early reports indicate that this building was vacant and boarded up, but that illegal
squatter activity may have been an ongoing issue on the premises. Neighbors reportedly
saw two people flee the sign as the first signs of fire presented.
After the fire was controlled and extinguished, it became clear that the damage of the fire
was great and that structural integrity of the building was compromised. Command staff
along with Public Works made the decision to demolish the building, which was unable
to be saved.

Trick Or Treat At Local Fire Stations

All Humboldt Bay Fire Stations will be open to trick-or-treaters between 6:00p.m. and
7:30p.m. on October 31st
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So come on out, show us your best costumes, and get candy from your neighborhood
firefighters!
Station 1: 533 C St. Eureka
Station 2: 755 Herrick Ave, Eureka
Station 3: 2905 Ocean Ave, Eureka
Station 4: 1016 Myrtle Ave, Eureka
Station 5: 3455 Harris St. Eureka

PSPS Update For Monday Morning

From Humboldt County: PG&E has said Humboldt County has been given the weather “All clear” so inspection of the lines can begin. However, PG&E was unable to provide information regarding the status of those inspections or time estimations for power restoration to any portion of Humboldt County. They reiterated restoration could take up to 48 daylight hours from the weather “All clear” time. Humboldt County residents are encouraged to prepare for another night without power. Temperatures are forecast to dip into the 30’s inland and some areas along the coast could see freezing temperatures. Please use care when using generator powered heating devices or fire sources for indoor heat. If possible, avoid driving while the power is out. If you must drive, treat all intersections with nonoperational traffic signals as four way stops. Drive slowly and cautiously during the outage. The next weather event is still scheduled for Tuesday morning. PG&E estimated a de-energization time of 4:30 am on Tuesday 10-29-2019, and estimated the time for the weather “All clear” at 12 pm noon on Wednesday 10-30-2019. As always, these times are estimates provided by PG&E and are subject to change. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

From HSU:
Another county-wide power shutdown is likely for Tuesday, Oct. 29, as early as 6 a.m., due to the potential for high winds in the forecast. As a result, campus will remain closed and classes will be canceled through the end of the day Tuesday, Oct. 29. There are NO exceptions. PG&E announced the current wind event has passed and that power lines are currently being inspected. Power may be restored for campus sometime Monday, Oct. 28. However, with another wind event predicted for Tuesday, PG&E is expected to cut power again Tuesday morning. **Please be aware this timeline is an estimate only and could change, depending on the weather. As a reminder, please be careful if traveling during the shutdown. Traffic and street lights may be out and there may be wildfires and shutdowns in other regions. You’re encouraged to check PG&E and your hometown county website for updated information on the shutdown, and CalTrans for updates on road conditions and closures. Students, staff, and faculty and their families are welcome to eat for free at the J for the duration of each shutdown. Parking remains free.For specific information on dining hours, which buildings on campus have power, course assignments and more, go to “Resources & Services” on the Power Shutdown page.

Latest On Upcoming PSPS For Humboldt County

Update from Humboldt County on the upcoming PSPS. P G & E ADVISES THAT ALL CUSTOMERS IN Humboldt County will lose power early afternoon, Saturday, October 26, 2019, due to a Public Safety Power Shutoff. Extreme fire weather conditions affecting portions of Humboldt County and surrounding counties will cause dangerous conditions for power transmission lines. Please prepare for an outage up to 4 days. 9 1 1 should only be used for life threatening emergencies.

The Sheriff’s Office will issue more information when P G & E provides outage or restoration time estimates. Please check on family and neighbors with medical needs. You can get further information at PGE.com. You can also call 211 for information. We will also send out Humboldt Alerts with updated information.

Alzheimers Walk Raises Record Amount

The fourth annual Humboldt County Walk to End Alzheimers’ event took place on Saturday,
October 12 at the Adorni Center in Eureka. Over 450 participants raised a record $106,672.00
Participants walked a one- or three-mile course and learned about Alzheimer's disease,
advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, local support programs, and services from
the Alzheimer’s Association. 

PSPS Update For Friday Morning

Humboldt County was notified at approximately 1:00 PM today by PG&E that 2,188 customers in Humboldt were expected to have their power turned off on Saturday, October 26, as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event driven by gusty wind conditions forecast on Saturday evening. The attached map was provided at approximately 3:30 this afternoon, indicating a much larger area would be affected. Similar to the October 9 outage, this map reflects virtually all populated areas of the county on the grid.

Without additional clarifying information available from PG&E at this time, the Sheriff’s Office advises Humboldt County residents to be prepared for the potential of an extended power outage impacting all PG&E customers. Further information received from PG&E confirming the scope of this outage, as well as timing and restoration estimates, will be provided as it becomes available.

Coroner Expands Suicide Investigation Protocol

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has expanded the way it investigates suicides by using a consolidated risk assessment profile in hopes of learning how to prevent future deaths. The checklist tracks near real-time trends to determine who in the community is most at risk of suicide and what system changes can be made to prevent future suicides with questions about age, gender and cause of death and expands to an extensive list of questions about evidence of addiction, financial or job problems and relationship stress.

PG&E Considering Another PSPS, But Not Currently In Humboldt County

Humboldt County is not on the list as yet, but Pacific Gas and Electric Company activated its Emergency Operations Center at 6 p.m. Sunday night to monitor a potentially strong and dry offshore wind event Wednesday and Thursday of this week. PG&E’s meteorological and operations teams continue to actively monitor the weather system that could impact portions of the Sierra Foothills and the North Bay. ue to the forecasted extreme weather conditions and dry fuels, PG&E is considering proactively turning off power for safety, and implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff, across portions of 17 Sierra Foothills and North Bay counties. At this time, no PSPS has been called, and PG&E will provide updates several times a day. Lake and Mendocino Counties are on the list currently.

Suspects In Chase Turn Themselves In

Two suspects wanted after taking off from police during a Tuesday traffic stop have turned themselves in. Officers tried to make a traffic stop on a silver Nissan Sedan traveling northbound on US 101 just south of the Hooker Creek exit. The Nissan failed to yield to the officer and continued at a high rate of speed northbound of SR 254 (Avenue of the Giants). The Nissan continued north on SR 254 through Miranda and turned right on Jay Smith Road. Approximately one half mile up Jay Smith Road the Nissan was abandoned and two Hispanic males fled the vehicle on foot and ran into the surrounding forest. Tuesday night, 21 year old Ivan Soto called police to surrender. 90 minutes later, 20 year old Marvin Rosa did the same thing.

Eureka Seeking Business Loss Estimates From PSPS

The City of Eureka is asking all businesses to provide the City with a report regarding estimated
losses related to PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shut-off. Eureka is pursuing a State Emergency
Declaration that may in turn offer assistance to those businesses that incurred a loss. Even if
Eureka is not successful in securing the Emergency Declaration, we would like to know what
this loss of power cost each of our businesses.
Please e-mail an estimate of the losses your business sustained due to the power outage.
Include the name of your business, address and amount of financial loss of either product or
revenue due to the outage. This information will be used to establish an overall loss sustained
by businesses and government during the Public Safety Power Shut-off.