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

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Mendocino Complex Evening Update 8.16.18

Mendocino Complex Wildfire
News – 8/16/2018

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: 321,374 acres
Containment: 72%

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: 370,294 acres
Total Containment: 76%
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


The Ranch Fire continues to burn actively in steep and rugged terrain. Due to temperatures rising and relative humidity dropping, fire activity increased in the early afternoon. The fire continues to remain active in the Mendocino National Forest as well as threatening communities that reside north of the Snow Mountain Wilderness. Crews continued to construct control lines, tying together pre-existing containment barriers, especially north of the Snow Mountain Wilderness. Crews continued structure defense in the communities threatened by the Ranch Fire. Today's operation focused on the northwest and northeast edges of the Ranch Fire, while conducting controlled firing operations to improve containment lines as conditions allowed. The south side of the fire has had no significant events and suppression repair crews are continuing with work in those areas. The southern area remains in 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, North of the 16000 block of Mid Mountain Road.

Colusa County: Areas west of Lodoga-Stonyford Road including Fouts Springs Road (Forest Road M10), Goat Mountain Road, Cooks Spring Road, Walker Ridge Road and Brim Road.

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: North of Pine Ave, South of the 16000 block of Mid Mountain Road, west of the Mendocino National Forest boundary, and east of eastside Potter Valley/Eel River Roads.

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

Colusa County: All areas to the east of Stonyford-Lodoga Road from the Glenn County line to Lodoga, including the Century Ranch and Lakeview Loop subdivisions.

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)
16000 Mid Mountain Road closed to northbound traffic

Lake County: Northbound Elk Mountain at Middle Creek Campground
Northbound Bartlett Springs Road at the Mendocino National Forest boundary

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
Westbound Walker Ridge Road west of Bear Valley Road

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

Engines: 209
Water Tenders: 91
Helicopters: 21
Hand crews: 73
Dozers: 63
Other: 8
Total Personnel: 3,569

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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