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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 8.17.18

Mendocino Complex Wildfire
News – 8/17/2018

Mendocino Complex Morning 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: 330,800 acres
Containment: 76%

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: 379,720 acres
Total Containment: 76%
Expected Full Containment: 09/01/18
Civilian Injuries/Fatalities: None
Firefighter Fatalities: 1
Firefighter Injuries: 2
Structures Threatened: 1,050
Structures Destroyed: 157 residences/120 other
Structures Damaged: 13 residences / 24 other


Today, there was little growth on the northern portion of the Ranch fire. On the northwest portion of the fire, crews continue to make progress with mop up and construction of containment lines. Firing operations continued as weather conditions and fuel moistures allowed. On the southern portion of the fire, suppression repair efforts continued.

Light winds and smoky conditions are expected to continue throughout tomorrow which will help keep fuel moistures up; however, these conditions may limit the ability of aircraft to fly suppression missions until later in the day.

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 and East of Eel River Road, west of the Mendocino-Lake county line. North of the 16000 block of Mid Mountain Road.

Colusa County: Areas west of the Mendocino National Forest boundary including Fouts Springs Road (Forest Road M10), Goat Mountain Road, Cook Springs 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.

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 the Mendocino National Forest Boundary
Westbound Fouts Springs Road at the Forest boundary
Westbound Goat Mountain Road at the Mendocino National Forest boundary

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

Engines: 200
Water Tenders: 89
Helicopters: 21
Hand crews: 70
Dozers: 62
Other: 8
Total Personnel: 3,470

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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