[UPDATE 8 p.m.: New Evacuation Advisory into Glenn County] Mendocino Complex Grew Around 50,000 Acres Yesterday [Maps, Photos]
Yesterday, the Mendocino Complex jumped to 201,471 acres. It is 34% contained–most of that on the River Fire. Both fires continue to grow though.
…*The “[n]orthern portion of the River fire is continuing to burn towards Cow Mountain and Scotts Valley Rd,” according to Cal Fire.
“Last night, there was poor relative humidity recovery from the day and both fires continued to remain active overnight,” Cal Fire reported this morning. “The Northwest portion of the Ranch Fire will progress further into the Mendocino National Forest and continue to establish itself in the drainages south of Lake Pillsbury and to the east of the current fire perimeter.”
Video of the Ranch Fire below shows some of the scope of this massive fire that is pushing towards the Sacramento Valley.
— Drew P Hansen (@zulujumper) August 4, 2018
Scenes from the Fire by Mark McKenna:
The Plan:For the third day in a row, the Ranch Fire made a run to the southeast. Flames are now bumping into the scar from June’s Pawnee Fire. (See maps below). The whole northern edge of the fire and a good chunk of the south are uncontained. The fire jumped dozer lines above the down of Lucerne. Firefighters will be busy keeping the flames from heading towards the communities around Clear Lake today.
Again the River Fire, mostly grew northward–pushing towards Hwy 20 and the Ranch Fire about a mile in some areas. The most worrying area is that it pushed hard at dozer lines and may try to make a run at communities on the west side of the lake. But overall containment lines grew.
The Weather:A Red Flag warning is in effect until tonight. That will make the weather difficult to battle and encourage the fires to expand. The skies will be clear except smoky near burning areas. Temperatures will be slightly cooler than yesterday and humidity will be slightly up. But winds are expected to be stiffer with gusts up to 17 mph in some areas.
Weather conditions should improve for firefighters through this weekend but temperatures will rise again early next week.
The Roads:State Routes 20 and 29 are still closed with no estimated time of reopening. State Route 175 reopened yesterday. According to Cal Trans, “The westbound closure of SR 20 in Lake County (or the east side of the closure) is moving from Bartlett Springs Road to SR 53…Residents evacuating the area can still go east to leave the area, but they CANNOT go west towards Upper Lake.”
Many smaller roads are closed, too. Check Cal Fire for the latest but be aware that conditions are changing fast on the frontlines.
- Mendocino Complex Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
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UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: NEW EVACUATIONS:
UPDATE 1:18 p.m.:
— CAL FIRE Mendocino (@CALFIRE_MEU) August 4, 2018
UPDATE 8 p.m.: New evacuation advisory into Glenn County:
The following areas have been issued an Evacuation Advisory:
North of the Glenn County/Colusa County Line, west of County Road 306, south of
County Road 308, east of the Mendocino National Forest Boundary.
*Note: We deleted information that there were 9000 residents evacuated. Though it came from the ONCC, we have come to believe that it is inaccurate. Plus there have been a number of new evacuations today.
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- 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