Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif. — June 27, 2019 — There is no new growth on the East Fire 23 miles northeast of Covelo in the Yolla Bolly Wilderness. Fire crews report creeping and smoldering activity with a few areas of smoke within the confinement area between East Ridge, Buck Ridge and Wrights Ridge. The size of the fire is 410 acres with 30 percent containment.
Fire managers expect this lull in activity to continue for a couple more days and they will continue to adjust the size of the organization needed to manage the incident accordingly. Thursday, fire crews will patrol and monitor the confinement area and work with resource advisors on the incident to identify firelines that need to be repaired.
The fire started June 17, 2019 and grew 40 acres the first night. Incident Commander Terry Warlick says, “When we set out to manage this fire within a designated 1,200-acre area to improve forest health, we knew the fire could grow at different rates of spread over time. After moving through contiguous areas of snags and down timber for a week, the fire has stalled in a wet drainage.” Warlick adds, “Depending on fuels, terrain and the weather, if the fire stops spreading and goes out naturally at 400 acres, we have met our incident objectives successfully and safely.” There has been one heat related incident on the fire.
Fire crews can expect a cool day in the Yolla Bolly Wilderness with temperatures in the 50s and light winds out of the west.
There are no closures associated with the East Fire; however, officials advise wilderness hikers avoid traveling near Buck Ridge and Wrights Ridge. Maps and photos are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6394/. Photos are also available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mendocinonf/albums.
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