MendoCoastCurrent, July 11, 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: 52,290
Containment: 65% contained
Structures Threatened: 335 residences
Structures Destroyed: 2 residences
Injuries: 38 minor injuries
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 and 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: All Evac Centers have been placed on standby
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: 2.092 (1,063 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 57
Water tenders: 66
Costs to date: $30.6 million
Conditions: The Mendocino Lightning Complex currently consists of 127 fires burning in Mendocino County. There are currently 38 active 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: Mountain View Road – Due to a firing operation, Mountain View Road between Signal Ridge and Mile Post 14.04 is closed to all traffic except Fire Department, Law Enforcement and critical incident resources (i.e. utility companies, CalTrans, County Roads, etc) until further notice. No new Evacuation Warnings are associated with this road closure.
CAL FIRE Incident Command Team #4 is assigned to this incident.
Current Summary: The Mendocino Lightning Complex has consumed 52,200 acres and is 65% contained. There are 38 active and 89 contained fires.
Continued threats remain a possibility to communities and critical infrastructure. Active burning is still present on several fires.
The planned firing operations of July 9th on the Sugarloaf fire were successful. Additional firing operations may be scheduled in that area. Planned firing operations have been successful and will continue to occur as needed to reduce the fuel between the fire and control lines. Residents are reminded that they may see increased fire and smoke in the areas of planned firing operations.
A “Red Flag Warning” has been extended through Friday evening at 10 p.m. for hot dry weather leading to extreme fire behavior conditions.
Additional evacuation “Warnings” and/ or “Orders” may be issued.