Mendocino Complex Information — September 10, 2018
WILLOWS, Calif. — Firefighters on the Ranch Fire are working to contain the last section of the fire,
patrolling firelines and doing suppression repair. There are 672 miles of fireline that required suppression
repair work. To date, crews have completed suppression repair work on 69 percent of the fireline. Fire suppression repair work consists of cutting hazard trees to ensure firefighters are working in safe areas, reducing dirt berms, spreading cut vegetation and building water bars to minimize soil erosion. Additional suppression repair needs are being discovered as crews continue to work around the perimeter of the fire.
Ukiah Fire Camp Move: Today both fire camps (Ukiah, and Stonyford) are being condensed into one Incident Command Post (ICP) at Stonyford, where the bulk of the suppression repair work remains. Relocating a fire camp involves numerous moving parts: all kinds of vehicles, crew buggies, tractor trailers containing shower and food preparation units, the wiring to connect each trailer with telephones, electricity, internet, a water source, place to camp and park trailers. The person responsible for making this move seamless is a qualified Logistics Chief. The logistics section can organize a small town, even if it’s temporary fire camp for 3,000 people and 300 vehicles.
Fire Closure Area: The Ranch Fire area is closed as described in Forest Order 08-18-15. The purpose of the closure is to provide for public safety, and for the firefighters who are engaged in fire suppression and repair efforts within the Ranch Fire closure area. The closure area applies to all public use, including hunting, the use of firearms and off-highway vehicles. The northern half of the forest is open for outdoor activities. Forest visitors can contact the ranger station nearest their destination for current information.
The Mendocino Complex: The Mendocino Complex is being managed by Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3. The Ranch Fire is 98 percent contained and the River Fire is 100 percent contained.
For detailed Mendocino Complex information visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6073/