Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif. July 5, 2019 - After several days of brushing trail and hauling supplies, a pack train and a California Conservation Corps (CCC) crew are in place at the East Fire basecamp on Buck Ridge. Using pack mules and the CCCs to support personnel on the East Fire reduces the need for helicopter use on the incident; the last helicopter was released Thursday.
The fire continues to smolder deep in the No Name drainage, 23 miles northeast of Covelo. It is holding steady at 410 acres and is now 65% percent contained. The fire is spreading into an area with sparse vegetation and slowing down naturally on its own; minimal activity is expected.
Personnel on the incident are monitoring the fire and brushing the trail on Buck Ridge south toward Lucky Lake. This trail work will provide access for personnel to regularly check on the fire to ensure it stays within the designated confinement area as summer heats up and the vegetation gets drier.
Incident Commander Terry Warlick says, “The confinement strategy we chose for this incident has required little active suppression since it started June 17, which has helped reduce risk and exposure to our firefighters and allowed fire to play its natural role on the landscape. We will continue to evaluate the situation and assess the long-term weather outlook to meet our management objectives on this incident.”