[UPDATE 11:31 a.m.] One Dead, Multiple Structures Burned, Numerous Injuries, One Looter Arrested in Redwood Complex Fire

Press release from Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

Declared State of Emergency – Redwood Fire

Mandatory Evacuations

Redwood Valley, California

Date of Incident:

1:10 AM



Written By:
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten

On 10-09-2017 at 1:10 AM a Sergeant from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol in the area of Hawn Creek Road in Potter Valley, California.

During this time there was severe wind gusts which downed trees and power lines in this area of the valley.  Shortly thereafter the Sergeant witnessed a ground fire which quickly traveled to the west towards Redwood Valley.

The fire quickly invaded Redwood Valley resulting in the mandatory evacuations of residents.

As of 10-09-2017 at 10:00 AM there have been multiple structures destroyed with a reported fatality and numerous injuries as a result of the fire.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to assist with mandatory evacuations and responding to assist residents who are unable to self evacuate.

The Sheriff’s Office is also conducting theft prevention patrols and have arrested one person who was in the process of burglarizing an evacuated home.

In response to the destruction caused thus far as a result of the Redwood Fire, Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas D. Allman has declared a State of Emergency in Mendocino County.

Further press releases are forth coming as the Redwood Fire progresses.

Real time updates are being made on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MendocinoSheriff/) and Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/mendosheriff).

The County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) has been activated.  The EOC number is (707) 467-6428.

UPDATE 11:31 a.m.: Mendocino Sheriff Declares State of Emergency, Approximately 10,000 Acres Burned, 0% Containment, Approximately 80 Structures Gone

More Information on Major Fire Incident Stories From Oct 9:


  • So fortunate the patrolman was in the area to see and report it in the beginning. These winds are terrible.

  • Can we just throw looters into a big dirt pit for a few days????
    Or let the neighbors theyre looting deal with them?
    Or at least give them a year of community service on a workcrew cleaning up aftr the fire?

  • Welcome back to The Island.
    Unless you want to play Russian Roulette by driving 299 and dealing with all the eejiot drivers in a hurry to wreck their cars (and yours), or to drive to Grants Pass and take I-5 south from there, OR try to be at the openings on Hwy 36 when they happen (not a guarantee you’ll get there in time and not have to wait until the next opening), you are trapped here until US 101 is open again.

    • And not all of us think thats a bad thing.
      No offense to anyone, but if you have a hard time with not being able to “get out” then you should probably live somewhere else.

      There are a lot of people who have supplies and are ready as best they can for emergencies. Thats one of the values of having backwoods rural living folks around, you have to be ready for your road to give out or whatever other things can keep you home bound.

      The best thing to do is be prepared.
      Do you have 3 weeks worth of food and water for each family member including pets? Most of us dont.
      Get your camping gear into your emergency kit,a campstove&good water filter&headlamps (&some caffeine and sugar) will help an emergency situation immensely. Look into solar powered cel chargers, theyre like 15bucks online.
      Get an emergency weather radio. Dont depend on cel/internet. These fires are a reminder to us to be ready.

      • It’s a matter of a PLANNED journey, not the whim to travel at this point. I spent the winter putting off planned journeys, missing events and the like. Mostly, I don’t leave my house except for a weekly run to buy food and more gas so I can get out to buy food next week, too. To that extent Humboldt is fine – I lived like that in the Urbs, too.
        THIS is a trip that has been planned for three months. I’m trapped again! Truth? Living in Humboldt is a stone drag unless you are growing pot or invested in local politics. Neither applies in my case, but I am here because being housed here beats living in my car anywhere else. I’m making the best of it but I AM disgruntled that this trip is not only delayed but will cost me an extra eight hours on the road (plus gas) and put me at serious risk driving 299.

    • There is always Hwy 1 from Leggett, or The road from laytonville that goes to hwy 1, to reach Ft bragg, and points south if you REALLY need to go. One can travel all the way to southern cal on the coast line. Now if Hwy 1 gets closed between Garberville and leggett, then best to just sit tight til things are back under control.

      • Odd how I never consider Hwy 1. That’s only an extra six hours added to the drive, isn’t it? Plus the exhaustion of driving an intense winding two lane road for six hours… But it drops me in the Bayarrhea (yeah, pronounced like something you get in your gut) and the whole point of my travel plans was to avoid that traffic tangle…
        And since there are ALSO fires on Hwy 37 between Novato and Vallejo. Three hours on 299 seems less a physical drain than six hours on US 1.

    • they are suppose to relax 36 for traffic during these fire storms (check road reports/cal trans for updates)

  • The north end of Santa Rosa is gone. Larkfeild, wikiup, cleveland avenue around piner, kmart, trader joes and hundreds of homes, all gone.

  • Having planned travel delayed by a devastating wild fire is the a bummer for yo dear poster above.

    But…it is not as devastating as losing your life or your home and business.

    Facing an immediately threatening wild fire is very different than a slow moving wild land fire.

    Of which our family, neighbors and tiny community faced over the summer.

    We learned that a minimum 300 foot clearance was not enough safe space.

    We learned the benefit of scanning vital documents, legal papers, contact information, medical records, photos, property inventories onto multiple thumb drives help reconstruct memories and assists in knowing exactly what you lost.

    Having cash on hand for lodging, food, and gas is a small measure of comfort. With fiber optic lines down using an ATM card or credit card is challenging.

    What the folks down south are experiencing is far more real and heartbreaking than a delayed trip.

    May all who have lost so very much find an abundance of human kindness and shelter tonight and in the coming days.

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