Mendocino Fires–106 Still Burning
Where’s my backup?
Updated info HERE.
Although most Humboldt fires have been completely contained, the exception being Paradise Ridge, Mendocino fires are another matter altogether. There are at least 131still burning. AND, according to the CalFire Fact sheet (pdf warning–it is a slow load), there are only
- 68 engines
- 17 crews
- 6 helicopters
I called several Calfire numbers to determine whether those 68 engines included the Office of Emergency Service engines and those of the volunteer fire departments. Although, no one could give me a definitive answer, everyone believed that all engines were included. That averages out at about one engine every two fires and some of those fires are massive–over 13,000 acres in Mendocino are burning. In other words, there is about one engine for just under 200 acres of burn. As one staffer told me anonymously, “It is terrifying…definitely a crisis.” Five homes have already been burned and evacuation warnings (not yet mandatory) are in effect for
- The town of Leggett (See photo of area here)
- Chicken Ridge subdivision of Covelo
- The community of Cummings
- Montgomery Woods, Orr Springs Road to Running Springs Road
- Mountain View and Mile Post 9 area.
- Red Mountain, Bell Springs from Highway 101 to 13600 Bell Springs Road
- Navarro and Flynn Creek
- Cherry Creek, intersection of Highway 101 and 162
According to the Press Democrat as well as the fact sheet
Evacuation centers have been established at Willits High School and Point Arena High. Both are being staffed by volunteers from the American Red Cross.
In addition, two animal evacuation centers have been set up. The Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Ukiah is taking large animals (707-462-3884)and the Mendocino County Animal Care and Control Shelter in Ukiah is taking small animals (707-272-4337).
For more information about Mendocino fires call 707-467-6426.