[UPDATE 11:18 a.m.: Hwy 20 Reopens] Mendocino Complex Is Now Over 300,000 Acres
According to the Northern Geographic Coordination Center, “Damage assessments have found 115 residences, 105 minor structures, and 1 multiple residences destroyed. Damage assessment is continuing. Approximately 12,000 civilians are under evacuation orders and 6,000 civilians are under evacuation advisory.”
For more information on evacuations and road closures, go to the InciWeb site.
The Ranch Fire continues to grow but mostly to the north. Look for spread in the east-west drainages. To the east, thick smoke will keep temperatures lower early in the day but by evening expect an increase in fire activity. Firefighters are especially worried about long range spotting. They are also worried about the fire slopping over lines along the southern edges of the fire in the early evening.
Firefighters have pushed containment on the River Fire to 81%. There was no overnight growth on the fire. Everyone is cautiously optimistic for this fire to lay down and behave. But there is potential spotting for the east/west drainages and along ridgetops, according to Cal Fire.
The weather is expected to get drier and warmer over the next few days. Winds will be light but will pick up in the late afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service in Eureka posted this video that shows the predicted smoke patterns for today.
Hwy 20 is still closed. There are some detours available.
Many smaller roads are closed, too. Check Cal Fire for the latest but be aware that conditions are changing fast on the frontlines.
UPDATE 11:18 a.m.: Hwy 20 Reopens
- Fire Progression Maps: [NOTE: These only show until August 6 at 11:38 p.m.]
- Mendocino Complex 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 11:18 a.m.: Hwy 20 Reopens
- Mandatory Evacuations for River Fire 4000 Acres / Ranch Fire Grown to 1000 Acres
- Thousands Without Electricity in Lake and Mendocino County as Major Wildfires Rage
- 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]
- The Mendocino Complex: Still Burning Hot and Fast
- Mendocino County Fights Back Onslaught of Fires, But the Complex Grew Almost 20,000 Acres Yesterday
- The Mendocino Complex: Maps, Photos, Videos
- SR 175 Reopened in Lake County as River Fire Heads North
- Mendocino Complex Grew Around 50,000 Acres Yesterday [Maps, Photos]
- Marijuana Growers Arrested After Choosing to Water Plants Rather Than Evacuate, Says Lake County Sheriff’s Office
- Massive Mendocino Complex Now Fifth Largest in California History as It Jumps to Over 250,000 Acres [Maps, Videos, Photos]
- The Mendocino Complex Rolls Through New Land (Maps, Photos)
- Mendocino Complex Grows to 290,000 Acres Making It the Largest Fire in Modern California History [Maps]