MendoCoastCurrent, July 9, 2008, 7:00 am
Date/Time Started: June 20, 2008, 6:00 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit
County: Mendocino County
Location: Throughout Mendocino County
Acres Burned: 51,200
Containment: 60% contained
Structures Threatened: 335 residences
Structures Destroyed: 2 residences
Injuries: 34 minor injuries
Evacuation Centers: All Evacuation Centers have been placed on standby
Evacuation “Warnings” remain in effect for:
- Community of Rockport
- 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.
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Marin County, CDCR, CHP, CCC, Mendocino County Sherif, all local government FPD in Mendocino County, State OES, BLM, BIA, NWS, numerous county fire departments, National Guard, private timber companies and consulting foresters/representatives.
Total Fire Personnel: 1,744 (1,061 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 40
Water tenders: 63
Costs to date: $25.1 million
The Mendocino Lightning Complex currently consists of 127 fires burning in Mendocino County. There are currently 37 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.
Hot and dry weather conditions are expected to persist through tonight, creating the potential for increased fire behavior.
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 at this time.
CAL FIRE Incident Command Team #4 is assigned to this incident.
Additional Notes: The Mendocino Lightning Complex has burned approximately 51,200 acres and is 60% contained. Progress is being made on the various fires throughout the County; there are currently 37 active fires and 90 contained fires. Remaining fires continue to slowly increase in size. Continued threats remain a possibility to communities and critical infrastructure. Hot and dry weather conditions are expected to persist through the week, creating the potential for increased fire behavior. Additional Evacuation “Warnings” and/ or “Orders” may be issued. Planned firing operations have been successful and will continue to occur as needed. Residents are reminded that they may see increased fire and smoke in the areas of planned firing operations.