[UPDATE 9:28 p.m.] The Grade Fire: What’s Happening With the Blaze Burning South of Willits?
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement about 11:37 p.m. stating that the “[e]vacuation Order for Baker Subdivision is still in effect. The advisory for the area west of West Road, from Tomki to State Street HAS BEEN LIFTED.”
Cal Fire’s Mendocino unit reports that evacuees can call Mendocino’s Health & Human Services at (707) 972-7230 for information about shelter.
Cal Trans shows Hwy 101 as clear in both directions through the area.
UPDATE 8:01 a.m.: The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office reports, “The only area under evacuation is the Baker Creek Subdivision. Sheriff Allman is stressing to the public that it is safe for residents to return home if they are not in the Baker Creek Subdivision.”
UPDATE 9:07 a.m.: Cal Fire Mendocino tweeted, “Update: fire remains at 900 acres with an increase in containment to 25%. No evacuations are currently in place.”
UPDATE 10:47 a.m.: Cal Fire Mendocino tweeted a correction,”[E]vacuation warning remains in place for the Baker Creek Sub-division”
UPDATE 12:52 p.m.: Tweets coming from Mendocino Cal Fire sound upbeat. The latest states, “[C]rews will continue to improve control lines while extinguishing interior hot spots throughout the day.” This indicates that firefighters are not needing to focus on stopping the fire’s spread but can mop up areas burning within the fire lines.
UPDATE 9:28 p.m.: # [update] northwest of Redwood Valley (Mendocino County) is now 900 acres and 30% contained.