New Evacuation Today, Willits Meeting, New Temp Cell Tower for Willits

REdwood Complex

Redwood Complex burning on October 9. [Photo by Michael Godinez]

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s told the Van Arsdale neighborhood north of Potter Valley to evacuate about 10:15 a.m. (See here for more information on where to go, etc.) To check on status of someone or report your own status go to . We’re anticipating AT&T having a temp tower in Willits today

Communication channels are still difficult for firefighters and residents however the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office tweeted this morning, “We’re anticipating AT&T having a temp tower in Willits today.”

Smoke levels are still in the Unhealthy to Very Unhealthy ranges, according to the Mendocino County Air Quality Advisory. They say, “[I]f possible, stay indoors and avoid exertion.”

Main roads are looking fairly good. Caltrans confirms that Hwy 101 is open through Santa Rosa. Hwy 20 is open also.

Below is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office with information on a meeting in Willits, etc. today:

Willits Community Information Meeting and Upcoming Press Conference on the #RedwoodComplexFire / #MendocinoLakeComplex

Mendocino County will be holding a Willits Community Information meeting today at 2:00 p.m. at the Willits Library, 390 E. Commercial Street, Willits, CA 95490.

The Sheriff’s Office will be providing an update on evacuation areas, shelters, power outages and communication outages.

Sheriff Tom Allman said, “Due to the damaged communication lines, the amount of information being supplied to residents in the North has been very limited. Today, at 2 p.m., we will have representatives available to give updates to the residents.”
“Many cell and internet connections are down due to the Redwood Complex Fire. The County of Mendocino is continuing to assist first responders and residents in this difficult time. I would like to thank Calfire, the Sheriff’s Office, CHP, County staff and all first responders for their efforts,” said Mendocino County Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey.

Also, the next Redwood Complex Fire press conference will be held today, October 10, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. at the County Administration Center, 501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah. Sheriff Tom Allman and Cal Fire will provide updated information on the fire and evacuation areas.

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 Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Thomas D. Allman has declared a State of Emergency in Mendocino County.

Further press releases are forthcoming as the Redwood Fire progresses.

Real time updates are being made on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page
( and Twitter feed

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