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Mendocino Complex

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

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Mendocino Complex Evening Update 8.12.18

Mendocino Complex Wildfire
News – 8/12/2018

Mendocino Complex Evening Update

Incident Start Date: 07/27/18
Incident Start Time: 12:03 PM
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: SR CA-20 at MP 39, Old Lake County SR, Blue Lake, 8 mi NE of Ukiah
Acreage: 287,479 acres
Containment: 62%

Incident Start Date: 07/27/18
Incident Start Time: 1:01 PM
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Incident Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Old River Road, 6 miles north of Hopland
Acreage: 48,920 acres
Containment: 93%

CAL FIRE Unit: Mendocino Unit, Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
Unified Command Agencies: CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest SErvice
Total Acreage: 336,395 acres
Total Containment: 70%
Expected Full Containment: 09/01/18
Civilian Injuries/Fatalities: None
Firefighter Injuries: 2
Structures Threatened: 1,025
Structures Destroyed: 146 residences/118 other
Structures Damaged: 13 residences / 24 other


Today the Ranch Fire was very active on the northwest corner. Fire crews continue to construct dozer lines in Potter Valley to tie into the road system in an effort to stop the fire from progressing west. The majority of the smoke seen today was produced by very active fire below and to the east of Lake Pillsbury. Direct attacks are difficult in this area due to challenging points of access. As the winds shifted and cleared the smoke, Air Attack began to support suppression efforts in this area. On the northeast portion of the Ranch Fire they are continuing to tie in dozer lines as well as constructing contingency dozer lines along the ridge tops far ahead of the fire. The Snow Mountain Wilderness still proves difficult for personnel on the ground to traverse in order to implement a direct attack.

The River Fire had no movement last night. Suppression repair along with patrol will continue on the River Fire.


Mandatory Evacuations

Lake County: East of the Lake-Mendocino County Line, south of the Lake-Mendocino-Glenn County Line, west of the Lake-Colusa County Line, north of the fire perimeter and the Mendocino National Forest boundary.

Mendocino County: South of Eel River, west of the Mendocino-Lake County line, east of 10500 block of Mid Mountain Road, and north of Pine Ave. Does not include residents on Pine Ave.

Colusa County: The town limits of Stonyford, west to the Colusa-Lake County line and North to Colusa-Glenn County line, Century Ranch subdivision, east an west side of East Park Reservoir, Lodoga from Squaw Creek Inn south and all areas West of Bear Valley Road to Highway 20.

Evacuation Advisory/Warning

Mendocino County: Mendocino County north of Mid Mountain Road, south of the Eel River, west of the 10500 block of Mid Mountain Road, and east of East Potters valley/Eel River Roads.

The Bureau of Land Management closure of the Cow Mountain Recreation Area remains in effect.

Glenn County: North of the Glenn County/Colusa County Line, west of County Road 306, south of County Road 308, east of the Mendocino National Forest Boundary.


Mendocino County: Eastbound Eel River Road at Countky Road M6 (20N01)
Eastbound Mid Mountain Road at 11756 Mid Mountain Road

Lake County: Northbound Elk Mountain at Middle Creek Campground
Northbound Bartlett Springs Road at SR-20

Colusa County: Westbound Brim Road at Bear Valley Road
Southbound Leesville Ladoga Road at Sites Ladoga Road
Sites Ladoga Road at Maxwell Sites Road

Glenn County: Southbound Countky Road 306 1/2 north of the Glenn/Colusa County line

Twin Pine Casino, 22223 CA-29, Middletown

Colusa County Veterans Hall, 108 E. Main Street Colusa, CA

Redwood Riders Arena, 8300 East Road. Redwood Valley is accepting horses.
Animal Care, 298 Plant Road, Ukiah, is accepting small animals.

Engines: 281
Water Tenders: 87
Helicopters: 20
Hand crews: 61
Dozers: 76
Other: 7
Total Personnel: 3,172

Numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the Western United States are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow.

Cooperating Agencies: Potter Valley Fire, Redwood Valley Fire, Ukiah Fire, California Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California SR Patrol, Lake County Sheriff's Office, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, Colusa County Sheriff's Office, Glenn County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, Australia and New Zealand Fire, Bureau of Land Management, Hopland Fire, Lakeport Fire, PG&E, AT&T, California Conservation Corps, and additional agencies from throughout California and other States.

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