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Mendocino Complex

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

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Mendocino Complex Update for August 29, 2018

Mendocino Complex Wildfire
News – 8/29/2018

Mendocino Complex Information — August 29, 2018

WILLOWS, Calif. — The Mendocino Complex is being managed by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service and California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 under Incident Commander Mark von Tillow.

The Mendocino National Forest thanks Incident Commander Sean Kavanaugh and CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 for their month long service to the forest and the people of Mendocino, Lake, Colusa and Glenn counties.

Ranch Fire: Several interior islands of vegetation burned off Tuesday producing columns of smoke visible over a large area. Interior burning is expected to continue. Containment increased to 93 percent and the size remained at 410,182 acres.

On Wednesday, while monitoring the interior fires, firefighters will be engaged in suppression repair efforts and mop up. Heavy equipment operators are constructing water bars and breaking down berms in an effort to prevent erosion. Felling teams are removing hazardous trees to make conditions safer for crews mopping up the burn area and to prevent burning trees from falling across the fireline.

Additionally, non-forest system roads that were opened for access and fireline will be closed and repaired. This work will continue throughout the week.

River Fire: The River fire remains at 48,920 acres and is 100 percent contained. The Mendocino Unit of Cal Fire is now managing the River Fire.

Smoke: Light southerly winds will drift smoke and haze from the Ranch fire to the north Wednesday. Local communities downwind, including Covelo and Laytonville, are expected to have an increase in smoke midday. Communities on the east side, such as Elk Creek and Stonyford, which are in heavy smoke this morning are expected to have cleaner air move in midday. Ukiah and areas to the south, such as those around Clear Lake, should have hazy skies and moderate to light smoke impacts. Smoke impacts are expected to be on an improving trend this week. https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/MendocinoNationalForest-SacramentoValleyArea

Closures: Forest Order No. 08-18-14 remains in effect until further notice. All roads and areas described within are closed to the general public.

The northern half of the Mendocino National Forest remains open and can be accessed via Forest Highway 7. The forest areas around Plaskett Meadows and Hammerhorn Lake are open for recreation activities. The Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness is also open for recreation.

For Detailed Mendocino Complex Information Visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6073/

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER): Please attend a one-hour community meeting, Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. at the North Shore Event Center, 2817 E. Hwy 20, Nice, Calif. 95464. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAE410,182 acres Containment: 93% Acreage: 48,920 acres Containment: 100% MENDOCINO COMPLEX TOTALS Total Acreage: 459,102 acres Total Containment: 93% Expected Full Containment: 09/01/18 Total R) team is hosting a presentation of its findings after the initial assessment of the southern portion of the fire area. There will be a Q&A with BAER team specialists following the presentation.

For more BAER information please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6156

MENDOCINO COMPLEX TOTALS

Total Acreage: 459,102 acres

Total Containment: 93%

Expected Full Containment: 09/01/18

Total Personnel: 2,116 Engines: 90 Hand Crews: 49 Helicopters: 3 Dozers: 28

Civilian Injuries/Fatalities: None

Firefighter Injuries: 3

Firefighter Fatalities: 1

Structures Threatened: 1,050

Structures Destroyed: 157 residences / 123 other

Structures Damaged: 13 residences / 25 other

RIVER FIRE STATUS

Incident Start Date: 07/27/18

Incident Start Time: 1:01 PM

Incident Type: Wildland Fire

Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Location: Old River Road, 6 miles north of Hopland

Acreage: 48,920 acres

Containment: 100%

RANCH FIRE STATUS

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: 410,182 acres

Containment: 93%


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