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East Fire

Unit Information

Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988

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The East Fire was reported by Anthony Peak Lookout June 17 at 4 p.m. The lightning-caused fire is located approximately 23 miles northeast of Covelo, Calif. It is burning in the 2008 Yellow Fire within the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness. Fire managers have developed a confinement strategy for managing the fire.

Incident Commander Terry Warlick says, “The Mendocino National Forest has guidance to permit lightning fires to play, as nearly as possible their natural and ecological role within the wilderness to reduce unnatural accumulation of fuels as well as decrease exposure and risk to fire personnel. With firefighter and public safety at the forefront, we are managing this incident toward an outcome which will help improve forest health, protect wilderness characteristics and reduce the potential for a high severity wildfire in this area in the future.”

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday June 17th, 2019 approx. 03:55 PM
Location23 miles northeast of Covelo
Coordinates40.069 latitude, -123.052 longitude

Current Situation

Size410 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

snags, brush, timber


Projected Incident Activity

Minimal, smoldering