Sep 15, 2017

Trinity County Fires Compromise Drinking Water

Local fires may have leaked substances into groundwater

Trinity County warns of drinking water contamination

Trinity County, Calif., established a drinking water advisory. Two large fires—the Helena Fire and the Fork Fire—in Trinity County have compromised local drinking water. The fires have burned a combined 21,124 acres. Crews are directing the fire, and it is 53% contained.

Trinity County Environmental Health officials warn locals of burn debris spills leaking unknown substances into the Trinity River and Canyon Creek. They advise residents who use seep wells or other forms of surface water diversion to be cautious of their drinking water.