Mendocino Lake Complex Grows and Death Toll Rises

The latest from Cal Fire last night is that the Sulphur fire, burning near Clearlake and Clearlake Oaks, remained at 2,500 acres, with containment up to 45 percent.

The Sulphur fire has been combined with the Mendocino County Complex – composed of two major fires in Potter and Redwood valleys – and renamed the Mendocino Lake Complex.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman.reports that the complex’s death toll has risen to six, and that number is expected to grow. 29,500 acres have burned in the Redwood Fire, which is at 5-percent containment.

Yesterday evening officials increased the mandatory evacuation area in Potter Valley and issued new evacuation warnings in Potter Valley as well, with that warning area covering locations to the Lake County line.

Also announced yesterday was that the evacuation center located at Grace Church in Kelseyville has been relocated to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lakeport.