[UPDATE 8:49 p.m.: New Evacuation Orders] Mendocino County Fights Back Onslaught of Fires, But the Complex Grew Almost 20,000 Acres Yesterday
Spot fires are still a major concern to firefighters battling the two large incidents.
For the latest information about evacuations and road closures, click here to go to Cal Fire’s page for the Complex.
Scenes from the Mendocino Complex:
The Plan:For the Ranch Fire, flames rolled westward about five miles yesterday through the mountains and forced new evacuations in the Bartlett Springs Road area. Fortunately, the area is sparsely populated.
Firefighters will try and stop this finger of the fire’s forward rush and also keep it from moving south towards the populated Clear Lake area.
For the River Fire, mostly grew northward–pushing towards Hwy 20 and the Ranch Fire. Firefighters will continue to protect Lakeport and the Kelseyville area and try to keep the fire from spreading into the rugged terrain east of Talmage.
The Weather:Again the weather is expected to be warm and dry with temperatures in the high eighties to nineties depending on the area. Expect winds again from the northwest. Firefighters will have a slight break though as an overnight slight rise in humidity should help. Expect smokey skies near the fires, of course, but the larger surrounding area should be clear with little clouds.
Hwy 20 and 175 are closed with no estimated time of reopening. Though with containment lines holding solid along 20, there is hope for reopening. Keep checking in for updates if you need to get through.
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.
Redwoods Rural Health Center in Redway is a Pay It Forward donation center. Call and ask first what they are accepting.
UPDATE 9:38 a.m.: New Mandatory Evacuations:
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has upgraded a current Advisory issued to a Mandatory Evacuation in Western Lake County. The Mandatory Evacuation area is west of Lucerne at Bartlett Springs Road and Highway CA-20, south of the fire, east of the fire, north of Clear Lake including the communities of Blue Lakes, Upper Lake, Nice, Lakeport, Witter Springs, Bachelor Valley, Scotts Valley, Saratoga Springs.
UPDATE 1:32 p.m.: Mandatory evacuation reduced to Evacuation Warning:
The following areas have been reduced to a Evacuation Warning:
Mid Mountain Road and Pine Avenue area of Potter Valley, north of Burris Lane, east of Eastside Potter Valley Road, west of the fire edge.
Note: Mid Mountain Road is closed to eastbound traffic at the Mendocino-Lake
County Line/Forest Boundary
UPDATE 8:49 p.m.: Cal Fire just sent out this urgent message:
Evacuation Order — Lake County and National Forest:
Bartlett Springs Road at Hwy 20, east along the National Forest boundary to High Valley Road, southeast
to the 5 Star Fish Farm, southeast to the north side of Hwy 20, east to New Long Valley Road, extending
north to the west side of the Indian Valley Reservoir, north to Bartlett Springs Road, east to the LakeColusa
County Line, north along the Lake-Colusa County Line extending to Forest Service Road 18N40
(west of the Lake-Colusa-Tehama County Line), and west to the western National Forest boundary in
Evacuation Warning – Western Colusa County:
East of the Lake-Colusa County Line (Bartlett Springs Road/Brim Road) to Leesville-Lodoga Road, north
to Lodoga, west to the National Forest boundary, North along the National Forest boundary to the ColusaGlenn
County Line, and west to the Colusa-Lake County Line.
Evacuation Warning – The Lucerne and Clearlake Oaks area of Lake
South of Bartlett Springs Road at Hwy 20, west of the Forest Boundary, including Pierce Canyon and High
Valley Road, west of Sulpher Bank Drive at Hwy 20 and north of Clear Lake.
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- Mendocino Complex Devours Almost 25,000 Acres (Maps, Photos)
- Hwy 20 Closed as Ranch Fire Runs Out of Control
- More Evacuations as Both Fires of the Mendocino Complex Plow Deeper Into Lake County
- The Two Fiery Claws of the Mendocino Complex Squeeze Clear Lake and Its Communities (Maps, Photos)
- Kelseyville and Finley Area Ordered to Immediately Evacuate as River Fire Rushes Southeast
- The Mendocino Complex: Nearly 75,000 Acres Burned, 12% Contained [Maps, Photos]
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