Mendocino Complex Grows Slowly and Firefighters Expand Containment

A firing operation was conducted near Pine Mountain the night of 8-16-18 to remove fuel ahead of the main fire and strengthen firelines.

“A firing operation was conducted near Pine Mountain the night of 8-16-18 to remove fuel ahead of the main fire and strengthen firelines.” [Image and caption from InciWeb]

As containment lines grow longer, 527 miles on the Ranch Fire alone, the Mendocino Complex is slowing. It grew about 4000 acres yesterday for a total of 384,567 and it is 79% contained.

For more information on evacuations and road closures, click here or see the evacuation map below.

The Plan:

The Ranch Fire continued to creep to the north yesterday. However, firefighters are putting a noose of containment lines around the beast and slowing it to a crawl.
According to Cal Fire,

Overnight on the Ranch Fire, firefighters continued preparing for firing operations, building containment lines and mop up. Firing
operations will continue today as weather conditions allow.

No growth is expected now in the south half of the fire.

The River Fire is now completely contained. Total acreage on the fire is 48,920.

The Weather:  

The smoke is lighter this morning over Clear Lake. [Image from here]

The smoke is lighter this morning over Clear Lake. [Image from here]

The National Weather Service is predicting it will be sunny and hot today again. Smoke is expected to be strong throughout the region. Expect light winds also.

The Roads:

All major roads are open throughout the Mendocino Complex.  However, many smaller roads are closed so check Cal Fire for the latest.

The MAPS:

  • Mendocino Complex Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
    Mendocino Complex Operations Map

    Mendocino Complex Operations Map for August 19.

    KMZ Map–Zoom for detail or for 3D imagery, click on the map and download a file that connects with your Google Earth program.

    Mendocino Complex Heat Map August 17

    Mendocino Complex Heat Map August 18. There is no new one for the 19th.

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