8 Confirmed Dead in Mendocino Lake Complex, More Fatalities Expected, Dangerous Fire Conditions Starting Tomorrow
Eight people are now known to be have been killed the first night when fire was flung by high winds into very dry vegetation and spread rapidly through rural neighborhoods. And, more dead are expected to be found when searchers complete their tasks.
The number of structures known to be burned also has climbed. Now 245 single family residences are listed as gone in the Sulfur and Redwood Fires. Another 15 are damaged. Two commercial structures are destroyed and 124 other structures are also gone. A 1000 more structures are threatened.
This morning, Cal Fire said that 34,000 acres had burned in the Complex. By this evening they were now saying that 36,500 acres had burned.
Firefighters have a brief time period to push up critical defenses between unburned areas and the current areas burning as critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Dry weather and winds of up to 30 mph could cause the fires to spread rapidly at that time.
Complete Cal Fire Fact Sheet:10-12-17 PM Fact Sheet Mendocino_Lake Complex (1)
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