The Mendocino Complex yesterday continued to grow and forced more evacuations. As of last night, Cal Fire reported the Ranch Fire had grown to 45,076 acres. The River fire, now at 23,411 acres. In total, the Mendocino Complex has burned 68,487 acres and is 5 percent contained. A large portion of Lake County remains under evaucation orders as new mandatory evacuations were issued yesterday for Kelseyville and Finley.
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An emergency meeting is scheduled for this morning at 9 a.m. at Clearlake City Hall. It will be live-streamed online at www.facebook.com/lakecountycagov. The meeting is open to the public and many city and fire officials will be available to field the community’s questions about the disaster.
The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is also holding a special meeting at 9 a.m. in the board chambers on Low Gap Road in Ukiah.
A local emergency that was declared in response to the Mendocino Complex fires for Lakeport was ratified yesterday by the three city council members who were able to attend the meeting. Lakeport Police Chief Brad Rasmussen was at the meeting and reported that his department and the Sheriff’s Office had made five arrests since mandatory evacuations were ordered for Lakeport. Any unauthorized person who willfully and knowingly enters a disaster area and who willfully remains within the area after receiving notice to evacuate or leave will be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Officials have released an advisory notice on donations. The shelters for #RanchFire and #RiverFire evacuees are focused on ensuring the safety and comfort of our residents, and are not able to accept donations of items at this time, but you can make a monetary donation to support affected residents. North Coast Opportunities, Inc. has set up an account for monetary donations online. NCO has accepted and overseen distribution of donations to residents affected by past disasters.
Donation link: www.ncoinc.org/.
According to Cal-Fire reports, the Ranch Fire of the Mendocino Complex off Highway 20 near Potter Valley, northeast of Ukiah is at 16,300 acres – 5% contained. The River Fire, which started at Old River Rd, near Hopland was at 14,200 acres – 5% contained. Thousands in Lake and Mendocino Counties have been ordered to leave their homes because they are in the path of the fast-moving Mendocino Complex of fires.
The very latest updates on the fires are being posted online at: facebook.com/mendocinosheriff, and facebook.com/LakeSheriff
Evacuation centers are located at: Mendocino College in Ukiah, Mountain Vista Middle School in Kelseyville, Twin Pine Casino in Middletown, and Lower Lake High School in Lower Lake
Due to the Mendocino Complex Fires mandatory evacuations are in place in both Mendocino and Lake Counties and a state of emergency has been issued for Lake County. The Governor has issued a state of emergency for the Mendocino Complex. Yesterday mandatory evacuations were ordered for the City of Lakeport, Upper Lake, and Nice, due to the River fire, and Highway 20 was closed because of the Ranch fire. All County offices in Lakeport are closed today.
Massive power outages have been reported in Lake and Mendocino Counties after two high-power transmission lines were damaged by the the Ranch Fire. Power was restored to customers in Ukiah yesterday, but thousands remain without power. PG&E workers haven’t been able to reach the two damaged transmission lines due to intense fire activity in the area. Engineers are now trying to feed power into Mendocino County through a third line that has not been damaged by the fire.
The extended power outage is negatively impacting cell service with some carriers in the region. Authorities are reminding everyone to use 911 only for life threatening emergencies.
Smoke from the Carr fire near Redding is affecting air quality in Lake County. Smoke from the McNab fire in Mendocino County is also a factor. Forecasters say smoke may be present over eastern and southern Lake County for the next couple days. The air quality forecast for Lake County for today is “good” to “moderate,” with localized higher concentration areas possible.
Forward progress of the McNab fire in Mendocino County has been stopped at eight acres. The vegetation fire in the McNab Ranch area near Hopland broke out yesterday at around 5:30PM. Crews
worked overnight to strengthen containment lines and extinguish any interior hotspots.
Mendocino County sent a Strike Team of firefighters to the deadly Carr Fire near Whiskeytown in Shasta County. The fire exploded overnight and is on the outskirts of Redding’s city limits. Fire officials say that a bulldozer operator has been killed and three firefighters injured while fighting the Carr Fire, which has grown to nearly 30,000 acres.