MendoCoastCurrent, July 4, 2008
Last Updated: July 4, 2008, 7:30 am
Date/Time Started: June 20, 2008, 6 pm
County: Mendocino County
Location: Throughout Mendocino County
Acres Burned: 39,500
Injuries to Date: 15
Containment: 40% contained
Structures Threatened: 680 residences, 1 commercial
Structures Destroyed: 2 residences
Evacuation “Warnings” remain in effect:
- Community of Rockport
- Montgomery Woods/ Orr Springs Road to Running Springs Road
- Red Mountain Road – From the intersection of Red Mountain Road and Bell Springs Road to 13600 Red Mountain Road.
- Bell Springs Road – From Hwy 101 to the intersection of Red Mountain Road and Bell Springs Road.
- The Community of Cummings
- Town of Leggett
- De Haven Creek and Howard Creek drainage, North of Westport
Evacuation Centers: Placed on Standby
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Marin County, CDCR, CHP, CCC, Mendocino County Sherif, all local government FPD in Mendocino County, and State OES, BLM, BIA, NWS, private timber companies and consulting foresters/representatives.
Total Fire Personnel: 1,687 (1,002 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 33
Water tenders: 60
Total Personnel: 1,687
Fixed Wing Aircraft: 3
Costs to date: $14.55 million
Conditions: The Mendocino Lightning Complex currently consists of 123 fires burning in Mendocino County. There are currently 40 active fires.
Remaining fires continue to slowly increase in size. Continued threats remain a possibility to communities and critical infrastructure. Firefighting resources continue to arrive daily and military resources are expected to arrive in the next few days.
Weather conditions are currently favorable, however a warming trend is expected which can increase fire behavior.
GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping operations are being conducted throughout Mendocino County. Residents may see low flying rotary aircraft for the purposes of mapping fire perimeters. Fixed wing and rotary aircraft continue to operate on the fires.
The Governor has declared Mendocino County a State of Emergency due to redwood timber loss and significant threat to life, residential, commercial and resource loss.
Road Closures: None.
CAL FIRE Incident Command Team #4 is assigned to this incident.
Additional Notes: Planned firing operations have been successful and may occur in other areas of the county as necessary. For this reason, residents are reminded that they may see increased fire and smoke.
Anderson Valley Volunteer Firefighter, Bob Roland, was transported to Ukiah ValleyMedical Center on July 2, 2008, after suffering respiratory distress while working on the Oso fire. He passed away during the early morning hours of July 3, 2008. Air