Firefighters and Law Enforcement Keep Watchful Eyes on the Mendocino Complex

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office K9 "Doc Holiday" is part of the Investigation Services Unit working patrol in the Mid Mountain Road Area protecting homes from looters.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office K9 “Doc Holiday” is part of the Investigation Services Unit working patrol in the Mid Mountain Road Area protecting homes from looters. [Photo from the Mendocino National Forest’s Twitter feed]

Though the massive Mendocino Complex has definitely slowed–growing only about 3000 acres yesterday to reach 307,447 acres–the northwest of the fire is still fairly active. One claw made a tentative grab towards Potter Valley but containment lines have held so far in the area and the overall fire containment has increased to 60%.

According to the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center yesterday evening, “Damage assessments have found 118 residences, 110 minor structures, and 1 multiple residence destroyed. Damage assessment is continuing. Approximately 2,000 civilians are under evacuation orders and 14,000 civilians are under evacuation advisory.

For more information on evacuations and road closures, click here.

The Plan:

Early morning gathering to talk about the day's plans.

Early morning gathering to talk about the day’s plans. [Crop of a photo unknown date of the Ranch Fire from the Mendocino National Forest Flikr page]

The Ranch Fire pushed slightly to the northwest yesterday, gaining a few thousand acres. Cal Fire states,

Today fire crews will continue bringing the fire line into the Mendocino National Forest, working to suppress the fire underneath Lake Pillsbury. Contingency lines will be built ahead of the fire. The northeast side of the fire will be scouted for opportunities to bring containment lines across the Snow Mountain Wilderness. A full air attack strategy will be utilized when visibility from smoky conditions permit.

No growth is expected today on the River Fire. Containment is now almost complete.

The Weather:  

 The Mount Konocti Camera shows smoke laying in over Clear Lake. [Image from here]

The Mount Konocti Camera this morning showed smoke laying in over Clear Lake but skies are fair above the smoke. [Image from here]

With a Red Flag warning still in place through tomorrow, the National Weather Service predicts that it will be hot, dry, and breezy. Expect smokey conditions on the fire area but those will reduce later today as the winds pick up and fire danger increases.

The Roads:

Burned hills butt up against Hwy 20 on the west end

Burned hills butt up against Hwy 20 on the west end. [Photo from Caltrans]

All major roads are open through 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

    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

    Mendocino Complex Heat Map

DONATIONS:

Redwoods Rural Health Center in Redway is a Pay It Forward donation center. Call and ask first what they are accepting.

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