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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 09.24.2018 News Release

Mendocino Complex Wildfire
Announcements – 9/24/2018

Mendocino Complex Information — September 24, 2018 WILLOWS, Calif. — The Northern California Team 1 has been managing the suppression repair activities of the Mendocino Complex since Sept. 17. The management of the complex will transition back to the Mendocino National Forest on Monday, Sept. 24 with Jason Kraling serving as the Incident Commander. The Ranch Fire is 100 percent contained and the River Fire is 100 percent contained.

The fireline has been secured to prevent further growth. The remaining resources will continue to extinguish any smoldering vegetation near containment lines and fall trees that pose a hazard to firefighters working in the area. The forest is doing everything possible to reasonably reduce risks to the public and reopen areas. The goal is to reduce erosion and other impacts from suppression activities and there is still a lot of restoration work to do. There are 6.5 miles of fireline to repair.

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 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:

Updates for this incident will be posted on Inciweb:, Facebook and Twitter. All inquiries related to this incident are directed to the Mendocino National Forest Public Affairs Office at 530-934-1137.