Some Communities Evacuated in the Redwood Fire Allowed to Head Home

Fire helicopter on the Redwood Fire

A hose dangles from a helicopter fighting the Redwood Fire. [Photo by Hannah Foster]

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and Cal Fire have released information on which areas are available for residents to return home.

First, we have the information on those in the Redwood Fire. After that, we have information on the Sulfur fire.

Press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

The following areas will be allowed to repopulate. EVACUATION ORDERS for these areas are lifted, but will remain under EVACUATION WARNING:

The Redwood Valley community south of the following locations:

1. West Road south of and including Laughlin Way

2.  Laughlin Way south of Bakers Creek

3.  East Road south of Held Road

4.  Road I to Colony Drive (excluding Madrone Lane)

5.  East of US-101

6.  North of Highway 20

7.  West of Ricetti Lane at the entrance of Black Bart Trail

HARD ROAD CLOSURES will be at the following locations.  Only Fire, Law Enforcement, and Public Utilities may pass:

1.  Laughlin Way at Bakers Creek Road

2.  Laughlin Way at West Road

3.  East Road at Held Road

4.  Madrone Lane at Road I

5.  Colony Drive at Road I

6.  Ricetti Lane at the entrance to Black Bart Trail

Residents returning to these areas should exercise extreme caution.  Fire, Law Enforcement, and utility crews continue to work in the area, and there are many downed trees and other hazards.  As these areas will remain under an EVACUATION WARNING, residents should be prepared to evacuate again on short notice.

Cooperating Agencies:  Mendocino County, Lake County; Lake County Sheriff’s Office; CAL OES; California Highway Patrol; CALTRANS; California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation; American Red Cross; PG&E; United States Forest Service; California National Guard; National Weather Service; California Conservation Corps

Next the press release from Cal Fire on the Sulphur Fire:

The Sulphur Fire is estimated to be at approximately 55% containment and fire personnel continue to make progress in suppressing the fire. The mandatory evacuation for the Sulphur Fire has been lifted, effective immediately, October 13th, allowing for the repopulation of the affected area. Due to ongoing power restoration efforts by PG&E, access to all areas west of Mendocino Avenue will be via North Road. Returning residents should stay vigilant, and be prepared to evacuate again on short notice. The area will remain under an evacuation advisory.
There will be a 7pm to 7am curfew in effect in areas that are still without power. Anyone caught roaming within that area will be subject to possible arrest. Anyone seeing suspicious activity should report it to authorities immediately. Drones are prohibited as they may interfere with ongoing aerial fire suppression operations.
Fire personnel have requested that all residents be alert to fire crews and other emergency staff that will be assessing damage throughout the region. Please use caution around any fire impacted areas and report any hazards or hazardous conditions. PG&E is working to return power to those areas that are no longer under mandatory evacuation. Spoiled food should be disposed of appropriately. Additional details will be forthcoming via Nixle.

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