ORLEANS — Authorities are allowing residents around a wildfire in the Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California to return to their homes, as crews made progress battling the blaze overnight.
An evacuation order for about 50 homes around the Humboldt County community of Orleans was lifted at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The Dance Fire, which began on Monday evening, has consumed a little more than one square mile in the area and destroyed one home and two outbuildings. It is 60 percent contained.
Fire officials say crews conducted successful burn out operations overnight that helped secure the north and northwestern edges of the fire.
Crews now plan to focus on strengthening fire line in the east, where steep terrain has made fighting the blaze harder.
Excerpt from City of Santa Rosa's Facebook page:
If you wish to make donations of food, the Redwood Empire Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul are accepting ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods for evacuation centers. St. Vincent de Paul is located at 610 Wilson St. Phone: 707-584-1579.
Donations are being accepted at the Redwood Empire Food Bank at 3990 Brickway Blvd. between the hours 8am-8pm. The food bank also needs volunteers. Sign up online at refb.org/volunteer.
Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa also takes food donations. Please call 707-528-8712.
The shelters are also at capacity for donated clothing. However, the Salvation Army is accepting clothes and supplies at 93 Stony Point Circle. Call 707 542-0981 for more information.
For financial donations, the Redwood Credit Union has established a North Bay Relief Fund – 100 percent of donations go to fire victims. Go to www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief to donate.
Thank you, again, for your generous support!</