[UPDATE 12:25 p.m.] Massive Mendocino Complex Now Fifth Largest in California History as It Jumps to Over 250,000 Acres [Maps, Videos, Photos]
The ten nightmarish days of heat, wind, and smoke around Clear Lake have resulted in four different counties–Mendocino, Lake, Colusa, and, last night, Glenn County–being affected by the massive Mendocino Complex. The new acreage added yesterday for a total of 254,982 acres makes it the fifth largest in California history. And the fires are still consuming new ground each day, particularly the Ranch Fire which chewed through about 50,000 acres and more structures since yesterday morning. (See maps below.)
Sixty-seven residences, 62 minor structures, and one multiple residence have been destroyed so far but damage assessment is continuing, according to the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center.
They also said that approximately 21,310 civilians remain evacuated from the area.
For more on the latest evacuations, evacuation centers, and road closures, go to InciWeb.
Scenes from the Complex by Mark McKenna:
The Plan:The Ranch Fire continues rampage south and east. Cal Fire warns that crews will “continue to be embedded in the communities providing structure protection.” They are trying to starve the fire They have been doing burnoffs around structures to clear out vegetation and reduce fuel so when the Ranch reaches the area it will not have as much plant material to feed its massive appetite. Cal Fire also said this morning, “The Pillsbury Lake Basin [to the north of the Ranch Fire] still continues to be threatened and crews are working strategically protect this area.”
Again, theFlames 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.Last night crews continued to contain the River Fire. It mostly grew northward–pushing towards Hwy 20 and the Ranch Fire about a mile in some areas. But the south of the fire from west to east is mostly contained. Look for the fire to push further north but for overall containment lines to continue to grow as firefighters get a handle on this beast.
Area wildfires will continue to provide lots of smoke across #NorCal today and tonight. Outdoor air quality will remain poor. Those sensitive to smoke should avoid prolonged outdoor exposure if possible. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/zk0D9w4MIR
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) August 5, 2018
Expect smoke throughout and around the Complex. The weather will again be sunny, with highs in the nineties. Today will be breezy and increasingly windy after about 1 p.m.
Temperatures are expected to rise again tomorrow.
State Route 175 remains open as the River Fire burns to the north. State Routes 20 and 29 are still closed with no estimated time of reopening. According to Cal Trans, “The Ranch Fire is still threatening SR 20, so this section of highway will remain closed for now.”
Many smaller roads are closed, too. Check Cal Fire for the latest but be aware that conditions are changing fast on the frontlines.
- Fire Progression Maps up till August 3. [NOTE: These do not have the last day of the fires’ perimeters.]
- Mendocino Complex Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
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UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: Community meeting today at 6 p.m.:
WHAT: The Unified Commanders, CAL FIRE and U.S. Forest Service, are hosting a community
meeting to discuss the current situation of the Mendocino Complex. Officials will give an
operational overview, highlighting the current actions firefighters are taking on the fires.
Questions will be taken via Facebook.
WHEN: AUGUST 5, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.
WHERE: KPFX, 88.1 FM
PEG TV, Channel 8
CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CALFIREMEU)
County of Lake, California Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lakecountycagov)
NOTES: The meeting will start promptly at 6 p.m. If you have questions about the meeting, please
call the Mendocino Complex Fire Information Line (707) 574- 8261.
Also, Hwy 20 reopens to 29:
#MENDOCINOCOMPLEX PARTIAL HWY 20 RE-OPENING
WHAT: PARTIAL HWY 20 RE-OPENING
WHERE: Hwy 20 between Hwy 101 and Hwy 29 will open for both directions of traffic.
*Hwy 20 will remain closed east of Highway 29.
*Hwy 29 will open for both directions south of Hwy 20. pic.twitter.com/HY96Np1DKo
— Mendocino Sheriff (@MendoSheriff) August 5, 2018
UPDATE 12:25 p.m.: Repopulation of the North Lakeport area
WHEN: AUGUST 5, 2018 at 12:00 P.M.
WHERE: The following areas have been reduced to an Evacuation Advisory and may return to
North Lakeport; north of the Scotts Valley Road and Hill Road intersection, east of Hill
Road, south of Nice-Lucerne Cutoff Road, and west of Clear Lake. This will include all
driveways and streets accessed from Hill Road.
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- 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]
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