Skip to main content

Mendocino Complex

Unit Information

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

USFS Shield

Mendocino Complex Evening Update 8.14.18

Mendocino Complex Wildfire
News – 8/14/2018

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: 305,990 acres
Containment: 64%

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: 100%

CAL FIRE Unit: Mendocino Unit, Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
Unified Command Agencies: CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service
Total Acreage: 354,910 acres
Total Containment: 64%
Expected Full Containment: 09/01/18
Civilian Injuries/Fatalities: None
Firefighter Fatalities: 1
Firefighter Injuries: 2
Structures Threatened: 1,025
Structures Destroyed: 147 residences/118 other
Structures Damaged: 13 residences / 23 other


Throughout the day the Ranch Fire progressed northward, heading farther into the Mendocino National Forest. Today, fire crews patrolled communities in the northern portion of the Ranch Fire, scouting fire lines and gathering intelligence to prep and assess plans for continued structure defense. On the northwest and northeast edges, fire crews spent the day constructing control lines with the intention to introduce firing operations in the coming days. Crews will continue to construct and improve lines, utilizing advantageous topography and existing control lines to create barriers. The south side of the fire has had no significant events and remains in suppression repair and patrol status.
The River Fire had no movement. 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 and west side of East Park Reservoir.

Glenn County: Mendocino National Forest boundary west to the Lake County line, south to the Colusa County line and north to Forest Road 20N07 also known as County Road 308.

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 County 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

Glenn County: Forest Road 20N07 Road at forest boundary
Forest Road 18N38 Road at the forest boundary
Black Diamond Road at the forest boundary

Colusa County: Westbound Brim Road at Bear Valley to the county line
Westbound Cook Springs Road at Leesville Lodoga Road
Westbound Fouts Springs Road at the Forest boundary
Westbound Goat Mountain Road from Lodoga-Stonyford Road to the end
Southbound Lodoga-Stonyford Road to Colusa-Glenn County line
Rail Canyon Road at Sites Lodoga to Glenn County line
Northbound Ladoga Stonyford at Leesville Ladoga and Site Ladoga

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

Engines: 258
Water Tenders: 84
Helicopters: 33
Hand crews: 59
Dozers: 72
Other: 7
Total Personnel: 3,505

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.

To learn more about wildfire preparedness visit:

Related Information