[UPDATE Tuesday] Kelseyville and Finley Area Ordered to Immediately Evacuate as River Fire Rushes Southeast

Smoke from the Mendocino Complex on a Caltrans Traffic cam.

Smoke plumes from the Mendocino Complex on a Caltrans Traffic cam.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued new Mandatory Evacuations for the area of Kelseyville and Finley as the River Fire pushes southeast. According to the press release, “The Mandatory Evacuation area is north of the Sonoma-Lake-Mendocino County Line, east of Highland Springs Road, south of Clear Lake, and west of Bottle Rock Road extending north to Clear Lake State Park including the communities of Kelseyville and Finley.”

More information available from the press release below the Mendocino Complex:

WHERE: An Evacuation Advisory has been issued for the following areas:
• The Mendocino National Forest within the boundaries of Lake County, and
• Lake Pillsbury Basin and surrounding area
• North of Bartlett Springs Road, east of the Ranch Fire, south of the LakeMendocino-Glenn
County Line, and west of Lake-Colusa County Line
• The Lucerne and Paradise Valley areas, north of Clear Lake, east of the Ranch
Fire, south of Bartlett Springs Road, west of Paradise Valley Drive
NOTES: SAFETY MESSAGE – The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings. A reminder to drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area. There will be smoke in the respective areas as firefighters continue firefighting operations. If at any time you feel unsafe, please call 911.

Scanner traffic indicates the fire is pushing towards George Road.

Map of the River Fire from this morning. The Red area is high heat on the fire. Traffic on the scanner indicates the fire is moving towards George Road which is circled with arrows pointing along its pathway.

Map of the River Fire from this morning. The reddish-orange area is high heat on the fire. Traffic on the scanner indicates the fire is moving towards George Road which is circled with arrows pointing along its pathway.

UPDATE 3:37 p.m.: Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman gives an update:

UPDATE 7:04 p.m.: Cal Fire says that the River Fire is now 23,411 acres and 5% contained. They also say that the Ranch Fire is 45,076 acres and 5% contained. THis is a total of 68,487 acres and only 5% contained.

Below are more details.

Incident Update 7.30

UPDATE: The Mendocino Complex: Nearly 75,000 Acres Burned, 12% Contained [Maps, Photos]



  • Good luck to you all in the middle of this.

  • Please let our community know the best ways to help yours.
    Hoping for the best!

  • kelseyville had a couple of the shelters for others that were evacuated .
    fire suks

  • Kim a number of videos on your site is not visible..sound can be heard no picture

  • What browser ? Firefox works fine.

  • You have to click the sound “on.”

  • The two fires are only 8 miles apart. Upper Lake has been evacuated. The county jail has been evacuated. Nice & Lucerne are on alert.

  • Does anyone know if any part of lakeport is actually burning?

  • Nice and lucerne have been evacuated I have family there that let me kmow this evening.

  • Lake County Local Yocal

    I am in Lucerne right as I send this. Lucerne is under advisory evacuation not mandatory. Nice and all of Upper Lake is mandatory. I repeat, Lucerne is not mandatory at least not yet.

  • Taurusballzhoff

    Although no Mandatory evacuation order came through for our neighborhood, we finally bailed out!

    Kelseyville joined the massive evacuation from Lake County, and if you have been checking ArcGIS you will have seen that the settled in-town areas of the Western Clear Lake area appear to be so far, pretty much unmolested.

    Currently, there are 2,000 beautiful fire-persons working to hold back the River Fire, numerous helicopters and those incredible CL-415’s, which California should be acquiring in large numbers. The spread of the River Fire seems to be mostly North and South, but we shall see what happens today…

    It’s the Ranch Fire that is the biggest threat right now! Spreading into the mountains to the North, and trying to travel down Scott’s Valley, it will be a day of intense work to attempt to control this flaming mess!

    Many Lake County landowners are not above jumping up on their own bulldozers and scraping fire lines, and locals managed to save a few spots during the Valley Fire. Don’t give up, and support your Firefighting Crews! They have real pride, and we are quite proud of everyone working to save our homes!

    Huge thanks to all the crews who are streaming in to help from just about everywhere that there are fire departments, prayers for the brave helicopter, air tanker and spotter planes, and big ups to our fearless reporting team at RHBB, and Kym Kemp, blogger goddess…

  • Kym, my cousin who lives in Mendo says your articles on this have been the best of all she has seen. Thank you for your excellence.

    • Thank you for passing that on. It helps to know I am doing it right.

      • Things that make you go hmm

        Mrs Kym, maybe you can put a little note re all the people having problems with the video?♥️

        Before you open the video, click the F book icon, in the right hand bottom corner. If mobile. And it will open up right away, no account needed! I had the same issue yesterday and another post had this helpful info ❣

  • inn cog neat oh

    Be safe people!

  • I call bullshit! CL-415s = 1,622 gals. Big whoop. Putting these brave firefighters, our heroes, in harm’s way, like this, is so wrong. Who ya gonna call when the Firestorm bears down from above on the oldest living species on the planet? Helicopters and CL-415s ? Makes me heart-sick.

  • Not for the weak at heart, and/or the double-minded.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCNSDk7fyYE Firefighter Perspective – Tubbs Fire S.Ro.
    Dramatic video showing what they saw as they arrived to help Santa Rosa. Berkeley Fire Dept.
    10:59 October 9, 2017

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2q7nN0JYWE Santa Rosa & Northern California Fires DEFY THE LAWS of PHYSICS (Where’d the houses go?) 21:41 October 10, 2017

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN2IxvDMnHg California Wildfires; Far From Normal 20:20 October 15, 2017

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWvuPcurB6Q Exclusive interview w/Fire Captain on Origins of California Fires 22:15 Nov. 3, 2017.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Slg8p0zWJa8&feature=youtu.be Proof! Lasers DEW Used in California Fires 6:52 October 31, 2017

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNOw8k_Uyx0 Cal Fire Lies, Directed Energy Weapons and Agenda 21 Implementation 39:17 June 26, 2018

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN2IxvDMnHg The Aftermath of the Fires in Greece 5:29 July 25, 2018

    https://www.activistpost.com/2018/07/questions-need-to-be-asked-about-global-wild-firestorms-mother-nature-or-technology.html?utm_source=Activist+Post+Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5857339b96-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b0c7fb76bd-5857339b96-387749669 Global Firestorms, Nature or Tech?
    July 31, 2018

    I do not share this for the fear factor, but using laser weapons to burn other human beings alive in California, and other people in their Motherland, is evil that shocks the conscious. Evil is real. What will it take for us to truly appreciate the conditions under which this planet has groaned, soaked in blood for eons?

    Power off in Mendocino County, due to what? What was that Jim (no bond = vacant office = cartoon in a cartoon graveyard) Wood? Jim Wood, the politician (poly-many, ticks/bloodsuckers), tells of how smoke ignites power lines, so therefore, the power had to be turned off and on and off and on and off and on (Brooktrails in Willits), within a 24 hr. period.

    “Lightening” is scripted for this week’s Cal Fire ‘cause’ statement, even if it takes 6 months to ‘investigate’ for print and broadcast in the lame-stream media. (This is like the cops in Rohnert Park being investigated for wrongdoing by their own Department –or, for show and expense, bring in another seasoned (executive branch), cop to spout his (usurped judicial branch) view.

    Will the the 747 GLOBAL SUPERTANKER (19,000 gals, 600 mph, 45 min turn-around from McClellan AFB to Los Angeles) be ‘permitted’ by U.S. Inc. Forest “Service” to come to the aid of the Emerald Triangle and other California counties? It’s not about the worse-than-worthless Federal Debt Notes. It’s about control. “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” -Kissinger.

    Kym, now can I post; “Watch them do that little dance that’s done at the end of a common law rope?” Humboldt Homegrown Hemp. Build it, and they will come. Tourists will flock to see where the cretins drew their last breath. Isn’t that what we’re geared for? Tourism. Just up the hill from 101 on 36, past this years’ mammoth stacks of dead logs . . . a gallows pole support, spanning the Van Duzen just west of the 24/7/365 rock and gravel mine by the Carlotta Post Office, the “SOIL” sales yard, and Humboldt’s largest Grange, the Van Duzen River Grange . . .that’s been stolen by the born here, practicing a foreign jurisdiction on American soil, BAR BARs (incompetent fact witnesses).

    There’s no sitting on the fence of the plantation. This is straight-up genocide folks, 21st century techno style.

    And . . . i smoked two joints, then I smoked two more. OMG! No moon landing, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sheriff, Grand Jury, Recorder, or judgie wudgies.

    No chain-of-command is in place. Without justice, there’s just us; willingly oblivious, and totally unprepared . . we’re phukked. How does anyone ‘prepare’ for a gazillion watts of laser beams from the sky? Or a DNA-cell phone fire?

    Persons masquerading as Supes., are off on their annual 3-week vacation. Vacation from all the committees and commissions and boards they’re on – conflict of interest violation, perjury, breach of trust, sedition, identity theft, impersonating a public servant, fraud and bribery in conspiracy to commit the same, unlawful enlargement of federal jurisdiction in state territory, collecting a paycheck from the people’s public treasury while committing fraud, mail fraud (check the return zip CODE stamped on your just rec’d property TAX statement (95204), crimes against humanity; for one; contamination of a food supply . . . yep, hemp seeds are what people stored to survive in times of tyrannical famine.

    To stay in honor, the criminal parasites have to be offered a reprieve. Banished from Humboldt is my thought. I’m open to suggestions.

    Truth has no secrets. The above is no secret between myself and the actor ‘persons.’

    Copies to my neighbor Robb Hayes, Fire Chief, Carlotta Volunteer Fire Dept.

  • NEW INCIDENT – Kitt Fire, Kelseyville Area near CA Hwy 29 & Red Hill Road (Kitt’s Corner)

    Critical situation…RIVER FIRE incident commander says the need EVERY air tanker possible dur to imminent threat to life

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