Deadly Mendocino Complex Captures More Land Growing Over 9,000 Acres Yesterday
The Northern California Geographic Center reports, “Damage assessments have found 145 residences, 118 minor structures, and 1 multiple residence destroyed. Damage assessment is continuing.” One firefighter, Draper City, Utah Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, died the day before yesterday and several more firefighters have been injured.
According to the Press Democrat,
Burchett was battling flames downstream of Lake Pillsbury’s Scott Dam when he was hit by a falling tree, said Todd Derum, Cal Fire Division Chief for Sonoma County. Three others from Kings County, near Fresno, also were injured, he said. The Lake Pillsbury section of the fire includes some of the toughest current firefights.
For more information on evacuations and road closures, click here or see the evacuation map below.
The Ranch Fire continues to threaten the Mendocino National Forest as well as communities that reside north of the fire perimeter.
Throughout the night, the Ranch Fire progressed north…[S]teep and rugged terrain, dry fuel, and hot weather continue to challenge
suppression efforts. Overnight fire crews constructed control lines and implemented new dozer lines, tying together preexisting
containment barriers. Crews continued structure preparation and defense in the communities threatened by the Ranch Fire. Today
operations will focus on the northwest and northeast edges of the Ranch Fire, while continuing to develop strategic plans to slow the
northern push towards Lake Pillsbury.
No growth is expected now on the south end of the fire around the Clear Lake communities.The River Fire is now completely contained. Total acreage on the fire is 48,920.
Expect more of the same today. The weather will be hot and dry. Expect smoke in the morning with the air clearing and smoke moving eastward in the afternoon. It will be hazy and hot for the next few days. Temperatures will rise over the weekend reaching into the triple digits in some areas.
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.
- 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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