Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
WILLOWS, Calif., Feb. 29, 2020 — Containment has increased to 65 percent on the Baseball Fire on the Covelo Ranger District of the Mendocino National Forest. The fire is approximately 211 acres. The increase in acreage is the result of a more precise measurement of the perimeter after a firing operation on Thursday where crews burned the vegetation between the main fire and an established handline to contain the fire. The Baseball Fire straddles Glenn and Mendocino counties, 15 miles southeast of Covelo.
There are about 100 personnel on the incident including engines and crews from the Mendocino, Klamath and Six Rivers national forests and from Oregon. On Saturday, crews will continue to mop-up and patrol the fire.
The forecast shows cloudy and cooler conditions over the weekend with the potential for 11 to 17 mph winds on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s Saturday and 30s on Sunday.
It has been determined that the Baseball fire started from previous pile burning on the Baseball prescribed fire project. The fire is burning in grass, brush and timber in steep, rugged terrain at a low to moderate rate in a mosaic pattern, similar to the desired effects from a prescribed fire. There are no immediate threats to property or structures.