[UPDATE 3:06 p.m.] The Two Fiery Claws of the Mendocino Complex Squeeze Clear Lake and Its Communities (Maps, Photos)
The two fires forming the Mendocino Complex are reaching like flaming claws for the west end of Clear Lake and all the communities that nestle against its shores. The Ranch and the River which both started July 27 within hours of each other together have spread over around 50,000 acres. Cal Fire called the overnight behavior “extreme” and said “[w]eather conditions continue to challenge firefighters as hot, dry and windy conditions persist.”
Over 10,000 structures are threatened.
The Ranch Fire, which started north of Hwy 20 yesterday, jumped it forcing the closure of this popular east/west route. Yesterday, it pushed almost five miles eastward towards Upper Lake. It also grew substantially to the south and north. It is estimated to be 35,076 acres and only 5% contained.
The River Fire, at 20,911 acres and only 5% containment, ran almost four miles east yesterday into Lake County. By midnight, when the heat mapping was done, it had pushed to within a mile of State Route 29. It had grown about a mile to the north in its widest spot. However, there was no new growth to the west.
For more on evacuations and road conditions for Monday morning go here.
This morning, the Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin posted this informative video.
For the Ranch Fire, crews will be struggling to keep the flames from extending east into the communities around Clear Lake. They also want to keep it out of Potter Valley. The attempt to keep the fire south of Burris Lane yesterday didn’t succeed so now they will have to find a new point to hold.
For the River Fire, crews will try to keep the fire from extending east into Lakeport and Finley. State Route 29 will be a place they will use to form a line to stop the fire. They will continue to try and keep the fire north of State Route 175.
Temperatures are expected to soar over 100 again today and the humidity is expected to be low again today.
Hwy 20 and 175 are closed with no estimated time of reopening. Many smaller roads are closed also. Check Cal Fire for the latest but be aware that conditions are changing fast on the frontlines.
- Ranch Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
- River Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
- KMZ Map–Zoom for detail or for 3D imagery, click on the map and download a file that connects with your Google Earth program.
UPDATE 12:44 p.m.: Residents affected by the River Fire on the west side are being allowed back in. Here’s the information on who is affected:Hopland Repop 7.30
Here is the evacuation map.
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