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Mendocino Complex

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

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Phone: 530-934-1137
Hours: M-F 8-5 pm

Mendocino Complex Update for September 3, 2018

Mendocino Complex Wildfire
News – 9/3/2018

Mendocino Complex Information — September 3, 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. Management of the Mendocino Complex will transfer to Southern California Team 3 under Incident Commander Mike Wakoski at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

The Mendocino Complex: The Ranch Fire remains 97 percent contained. The last section of uncontained fireline is west of Stonyford near Bonnie View and Happy Camp. On Monday, firefighters will monitor interior burning and patrol fire lines in this area. Around 670 miles of fireline have been identified for suppression repair, though this number is expected to increase as more repair needs are reported. Hand crews, dozers and excavators are used to repair firelines by pulling dirt berms, spreading cut vegetation and building water bars to reduce soil erosion. Suppression repair is complete on the River Fire.

Ranch Fire closure area: Forest Order 08-18-15 reduces the area previously closed to the public generally northeast and north of the Ranch Fire perimeter. The public should view the new forest order and attached maps available on the Mendocino National Forest website. All roads and areas described within the order remain closed to the public. Owners or lessees of private land in the closure area, to the extent necessary to access their land, are exempt from the forest order.

Smoke: Smoke and haze will persist through the holiday weekend. Although smoke from the Mendocino Complex has decreased, it is mixing with that from other fires in the region. Communities directly down drainage from the Ranch Fire such as Stonyford and Elk Creek will have heavy smoke impacts. Moderate air quality is expected with the potential for heavier smoke midday in areas surrounding the Ranch Fire and the Sacramento Valley.

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Total Acreage: 459,123 acres

Total Containment: 97%

Expected Full Containment: 09/09/18

Total Personnel: 783 Engines: 23 Hand Crews: 13 Helicopters: 1 Dozers: 20

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: 97%


Incident Type: Wildland Fire

Cause: Under Investigation

Acreage: 48,920 acres

Containment: 100%

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