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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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Mendocino Complex Information - September 17, 2018

Mendocino Complex Wildfire
News – 9/17/2018

Mendocino Complex Information — September 17, 2018

WILLOWS, Calif. — Throughout the week, crews will monitor fire activity and repair firelines on the Ranch Fire. There are 30 miles of fireline still to repair. The direction for fire suppression repair work is to leave a roughened surface to promote infiltration, erosion control, and recovery of native plants and where available, scatter brush over the fireline. This work includes building water bars, reducing dirt berms and removing trees that were bulldozed during suppression operations.

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 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.

The B-Zone deer hunting season opened on Saturday and continues until Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Forest visitors need to exercise extreme caution near the fire closure since heavy equipment and firefighting vehicles are utilizing area roads. Visitors can contact the ranger station nearest their destination for current information. For a high-resolution closure map, please use the following link:

The Mendocino Complex: The Mendocino Complex is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 (NorCal 1) under Incident Commander Curtis Coots. NorCal 1 assumed command of the incident Monday at 7 a.m. This is the sixth incident management team assigned to the Mendocino Complex since the Ranch and River fires started July 27, 2018. The Mendocino National Forest thanks the Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 for their service during their 14-day assignment on the complex.

The Ranch Fire is 98 percent contained, with the remaining two percent located in extremely steep, rocky terrain. This section will likely remain uncontained until a season ending weather event occurs, which is persistent precipitation across a two or three-day period, with no hot and dry weather conditions in the long-term weather forecast. The River Fire is 100 percent contained. For detailed Mendocino Complex information visit:

Please note: The next fire update will be provided when significant activity occurs.