The Ranch Fire Blows Past Lines to Threaten Homes Around Lake Pillsbury; The Mendocino Complex is Now Burning in Four Counties
Blowing through dozer lines set in place to protect Lake Pillsbury, the massive Ranch Fire pushed back containment. Firefighters lost ground yesterday. The Complex is now only 68% contained instead of yesterday’s 70%.
The Complex is now burning in four counties–Lake, Mendocino, Colusa, and, today, Glenn County.
In the late afternoon, new mandatory evacuation orders were issued for residents near Lake Pillsbury in the Mendocino National Forest area including the Rice Fork Summer Homes area, and everything north to the Lake County line.
For more information on evacuations and road closures, click here or see the evacuation map below.
With minimal humidity recovery during nighttime operations the Ranch Fire was very active in the northwest corner and continued to burn towards Lake Pillsbury. As the fire moves in this direction, fire crews in and around the surrounding areas of Lake Pillsbury are
preparing and defending structures. Fire crews are still working on bringing the Ranch Fire below and west of Lodoga Stonyford
Road and back into the Mendocino National Forest. Dozer lines along with contingency dozer lines will continue to be put in and
improved. The southern area of the Ranch Fire continues suppression repair and be patrolled
It is 295,970 acres and only 59% contained when yesterday it was considered 62% contained.
No growth is expected today on the River Fire. Containment is holding steady at 93%. Total acreage on the fire is expected to remain around 48,920.
The Weather:It will be hazy and hot for the next few days. Temperatures will be in the high nineties.
All major roads are open throughout 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.
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