Mendocino Complex Devours Almost 25,000 Acres (Maps, Photos)
One fire, the Ranch Fire, has burned 13,242 acres just north of Hwy 20 and south-southeast of Potter Valley. The other, the River Fire, has burned 11,028 acres less than a mile east of Hwy 101 between Hopland and Ukiah.
Last night a widespread power outage left over 50,000 residents of Lake and Mendocino Counties without electricity. Overnight the power was restored to most residents by 3 a.m. According to California State Senator Mike McGuire, PG&E “has determined the outage was caused by heavy smoke around the electrical lines (heavy smoke is a conductor of electricity) in the Hwy. 20 area.”
For the Ranch Fire, crews will be struggling to keep the flames north of Hwy 20, west of Middle Creek, South of Burris Lane and east of Potter Valley. See here for information on road closures and evacuations.
For the River Fire, crews will try to keep the fire from extending east of Old River Road, south of the Off Highway Vehicle Park, west of Hwy 29 and north of Hwy 175 which is currently closed. See here for information on road closures and evacuations.
Temperatures are expected to soar to the high nineties and even to 104 in the valleys. The humidity is expected to be below 15% and could drop to the extremely low 7% range.
- Ranch Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
- River Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
- KMZ Map–Zoom for detail or for 3D imagery, click on the map and download a file that connects with your Google Earth program.
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