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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 September 1, 2018

Mendocino Complex Wildfire
News – 9/1/2018

Mendocino Complex Information — September 1, 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 Complex: Steady progress is being made in the final suppression operations of the Ranch Fire. The fire is now 96 percent contained. The largest section of uncontained fireline remains west of Stonyford within the forest boundary. The increase of 21 acres shown in the table below is due to more precise mapping. There was no actual fire growth outside the current containment lines. On Saturday, firefighters monitored interior burning inside the perimeter of the fire, extinguished hot spots and pulled excess hose and equipment off firelines. Fire crews have completed 244 miles of suppression repair, primarily on the west and north sides of the fire. Suppression repair is complete on the River Fire. Labor Day Weekend:Forest Order No. 08-18-14 , covering the southern part of the Mendocino National Forest remains in effect. All roads and areas described within the order remain closed to the public. Home owners with proof of residency are permitted to access their property within the closure area. 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.

Smoke: Reduced smoke production from the Ranch Fire is improving air quality associated with the Mendocino Complex this holiday weekend. Smoke from the Ranch Fire, combined with smoke from other fires to the north, will generally drift south. This is expected to bring light to moderate impacts in communities such as Willits, The Ukiah Valley, Lakeport and the Sacramento Valley. Stonyford and Elk Creek may have heavier smoke in the morning hours and Potter Valley and Clearlake Oaks midday.

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Total Acreage: 459,123 acres

Total Containment: 96%

Expected Full Containment: 09/09/18

Total Personnel: 1,087 Engines: 39 Hand Crews: 24 Helicopters: 2 Dozers: 25

Civilian Injuries/Fatalities: None

Firefighter Injuries: 3

Firefighter Fatalities: 1

Structures Threatened: 0

Structures Destroyed: 157 residences / 123 other

Structures Damaged: 13 residences / 25 other


Incident Type: Wildland Fire

Cause: Under Investigation

Acreage: 410,203 acres

Containment: 96%


Incident Type: Wildland Fire

Cause: Under Investigation

Acreage: 48,920 acres

Containment: 100%

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