[UPDATE 1:30 p.m.] Hwy 20 Reopens

The hills around Hwy 20 are charred but the road is reopened.

The hills around Hwy 20 are charred but the road is reopened. [Photo from Caltrans]

At 11 a.m. this morning, Hwy 20 reopened after being closed since July 29 after the massive Mendocino Complex exploded. Caltrans confirmed that the road is open from 101 to Interstate 5. We will update with more information when it comes in.

UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: Caltrans posted on Facebook, “This is the first time the highway has been fully open in Lake County after being closed 11 days ago due to the Ranch Fire. Motorists should drive with extra caution due to fire crews still working in the area.”

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: From Tom Fitzgerald, Deputy Director of Maintenance and Operations, Caltrans District 1:

We are very thankful and proud of our maintenance crews.  They have put in long hours with no days off since these fires started.  Many of them have been away from their families and some cases not sure if their own homes were safe.  We thank them for all their hard work in clearing the roads and helping to keep people safe.

We decided to open the road to traffic but the work is far from done.  All the highways in the Mendocino Complex Fire need extensive repairs- guardrails, signs, culverts, and more.  This area will be an active construction zone for months to come.  Please drive with caution and watch for all the crews repairing the fire damage.

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  • Great, want use it next week!!

  • Thank you Kym for all the invaluable coverage, info and photo’s, it was always spot on. We have been evacuated for 11 days now, will wait a couple more, see if the smoke clears out and the traffic slows down. Thanks again xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  • unbridled philistine

    Alright! Finally! Now come on 299 I am in need to get outta here for a minute…

  • Whooo hooo! Heading home. Love you, Humboldt, but there’s noooo place like home.

    Thank you, Kym and your associates, for the best coverage. I don’t know how you do it.

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