Now the Largest Single Fire in Modern California History, the Ranch Fire on the Mendocino Complex Continues to Grow
The northeast of the fire pushed towards Lake Pillsbury and the cluster of homes on its southern shore. It also took a run towards Fouts Springs and crept closer to Glenn County where it is only a little over two miles from its southwestern corner.According to the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center, “Damage assessments have found 144 residences, 119 minor structures, and 1 multiple residence destroyed. Damage assessment is continuing. Approximately 1,000 civilians are under evacuation orders and 180 civilians are in the advisory area.” For more information on evacuations and road closures, click here.
— CIIMT1 (@Info_CIIMT1) August 12, 2018
The Ranch Fire grew a little over 6000 acres in the last 24 hours and is 62% contained. According to Cal Fire,
Last night the Ranch Fire was active in the northeast section of the fire. Today fire crews will continue attempting to contain the northwest portion of the fire, protecting the southern areas of Lake Pillsbury bringing it back into the Mendocino National Forest.
There are many constructed dozer lines along the western edge and throughout Potter Valley and below Lake Pillsbury. Fire crews will attempt to contain the fire from progressing west, keeping it south of Eel River. Dozer lines have been constructed in the northeast corner below Stonyford and contingency dozer lines have been constructed ahead of the fire around Stonyford with additional proposed lines being scouted.
— CIIMT1 (@Info_CIIMT1) August 10, 2018
No growth is expected today on the River Fire. Containment has grown to 93%. Total acreage on the fire is expected to remain around 48,920.
Temperatures will taper off slightly and humidity will rise through Wednesday. The firefighters will continue to be alert for problem developing as afternoon winds will encourage the erratic fire behavior.
Expect clearer air today in the area of the fire.
All major roads are open through the Mendocino Complex. However, many smaller roads are closed so check Cal Fire for the latest.
- Mendocino Complex 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.
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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