Mendocino Complex Fire Fully Contained

The Mendocino Complex, comprised of the River and Ranch fires, is deemed the largest fire in California history.

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 5:26 AM
Updated: Sep 19, 2018 9:01 AM

UPDATE 8:58 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire is now 100 percent contained. 

The blaze started on July 27 and has burned 459, 123 acres in Colusa, Glenn, Lake and Mendocino counties. 


UPDATE 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex remains at 459,123 acres and 98 percent containment. 

The blaze has been burning for more than a month and a half and is still a couple percentage points from containment. Stay tuned for more updates. 


UPDATE 10:12 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire remains at 459,123 acres, but is now 98 percent contained. 


UPDATE 9:27 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 -  The Mendocino Complex Fire has remained the same size and containment overnight. 

It is 459,123 acres and is 97 percent contained. 


UPDATE Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 - The forecast shows temperatures in the high 90s, the hottest in two weeks. Fire activity will increase within the perimeter but is not expected to challenge the fireline. It is 459,123 acres in size and is now 97 percent contained.


UPDATE Saturday, September 1, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex: Steady progress is being made in the final suppression operations of the Ranch Fire.

The fire is now 96 percent contained. The largest section of uncontained fireline remains west of Stonyford within the forest boundary. The increase of 21 acres shown in the table below is due to more precise mapping. There was no actual fire growth outside the current containment lines.

On Saturday, firefighters monitored interior burning inside the perimeter of the fire, extinguished hot spots and pulled excess hose and equipment off firelines. Fire crews have completed 244 miles of suppression repair, primarily on the west and north sides of the fire. Suppression repair is complete on the River Fire.

Labor Day Weekend: Forest Order No. 08-18-14 , covering the southern part of the Mendocino National Forest remains in effect. All roads and areas described within the order remain closed to the public. Home owners with proof of residency are permitted to access their property within the closure area. The northern half of the Mendocino National Forest remains open and can be accessed via Forest Highway 7. The forest areas around Plaskett Meadows and Hammerhorn Lake are open for recreation activities. The Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness is also open for recreation.

Smoke: Reduced smoke production from the Ranch Fire is improving air quality associated with the Mendocino Complex this holiday weekend. Smoke from the Ranch Fire, combined with smoke from other fires to the north, will generally drift south. This is expected to bring light to moderate impacts in communities such as Willits, the Ukiah Valley, Lakeport and the Sacramento Valley. Stonyford and Elk Creek may have heavier smoke in the morning hours and Potter Valley and Clearlake Oaks midday.

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UPDATE 10:10 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire remained the same overnight. 

It is 459,102 acres and 93 percent contained. 


UPDATE 8:53 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire remains at 459,102 acres and is 93 percent contained. 


UPDATE 8:59 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire is still 459,102 acres but is now 93 percent contained. 


UPDATE 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire is now 459,102 acres and is 90 percent contained. 


UPDATE 9:01 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire is now 451,388 acres and is 83 percent contained. 

Evacuations lifted: 

Glenn county is lifting the mandatory evacuation orders all areas east of the Mendocino National Forest boundary. This includes all areas from the National Forest boundary east to the County Road 306, north to County Road 308 and south to the Glenn-Colusa county line. 

The community of Elk Creek is no longer under an advisory evacuation notice. 

Evacuations still in place:

- Mendocino National Forest in south-western Glenn County, from the National Forest boundary west to the Lake County line, south to the Colusa County line and north to the Forest Road 20N07 also known as County Road 308 


UPDATE 8:46 a.m. Friday, August 24, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire is now 422,396 acres and 74 percent contained. 

The Ranch Fire, one of the fires that makes up the Mendocino Complex Fire, grew 7,390 acres in the last 24 hours. It is 373,476 acres and is 67 percent contained. 


UPDATE 12:32 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2018 - Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a community meeting to discuss the Mendocino Complex fire. 

When: Thurday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. 

Where: Elk Creek High School located at 3430 County Road 309, Elk Creek 


UPDATE 9:06 a.m. Thursday, August 23, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire is now 415,006 acres and is still 74 percent contained. 



Cancellation of Mandatory Evacuation for the Eel River Road area in Mendocino County:
Includes all areas: west of the Mendocino-Lake County line; south and east of Eel River
Road; and north of the 16000 block of Mid Mountain Road.


Cancellation of Advisory Evacuation for the Potter Valley area in Mendocino County:
Includes all areas: north of Pine Ave, south of the 16000 block of Mid Mountain Road;
west of the Mendocino National Forest Boundary; and east of eastside Potter Valley


UPDATE 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire is now 410,482 acres and 74% contained.


UPDATE 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire is now 404,532 acres and 74% contained. 


UPDATE 11:01 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire is now 351,557 acres and is 74% contained. 


UPDATE 7:00 a.m. Friday, August 17, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex is now 329,800 acres and 76% contained. 


UPDATE 2:45 p.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris paid a visit to Lake County on August 9 to tour an evacuation center. She also spoke at the Middletown Cal Fire Station. 


UPDATE 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 - Cal Fire has lifted evacuation advisory orders for all areas north of Clear Lake, east of Highway 29, south of the fire perimeter, and west of the Lake-Colusa County Line. 


UPDATE 9:19 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex fire is now 307,447 acres and is 60 percent contained. 

The fire has destroyed 119 residential homes and is still threatening 9,200 more. 


UPDATE 11:32 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 - (AP) California fire officials say the largest blaze ever recorded in the state is now more than half contained.

But the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says Thursday it will still take several weeks to fully surround the massive wildfire in Northern California because it's burning in steep terrain that's hard to reach.

Cal Fire says the blaze that has charred 475 square miles (1,230 square kilometers) of brush and timber is 51 percent contained.

In Southern California, a forest fire that's prompted evacuations in canyon and foothill neighborhoods south of Los Angeles continues to grow with minimal containment.

New evacuations were ordered Wednesday. Flames are creeping down hillsides toward homes in the city of Lake Elsinore, where crews are prepared to provide structure protection.


UPDATE 1:23 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - (AP) Authorities have lifted mandatory evacuation orders for most lakeside communities impacted by the largest blaze in California history.

Lake County Lt. Corey Paulich says the majority of residents along the shores of Clear Lake in Northern California were allowed to return home Wednesday.

About 19,000 people were displaced during the peak of the blaze that started on July 27 and continues to burn in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa Counties

Paulich says about 1,500 people, mainly in his county's Spring Valley area, remain under evacuation orders.

He says fire officials are confident with the containment lines they have managed to cut around half the Mendocino Complex fire burning about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

The twin blazes have charred 470 square miles (1,217 square kilometers).


UPDATE 10:31 a.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire expanded overnight to nearly 470 square miles, according to the Associated Press. It is now 300,086 acres and is 47 percent contained. 

California fire officials say they don't expect to gain control of the blaze until September.

The fire has destroyed 116 homes since it started on July 27, and is threatening another 10,000.


UPDATE 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex fire has nearly doubled in the last three days, making it the largest fire in California History. 

The fire is now at 283,800 acres and is 30 percent contained. 


UPDATE 3:30 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2018 - The Mendocino Complex Fire has now been deemed the second largest blaze in California history. 

The Ranch and River fires, known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, is burning 273,664 acres and is 30 percent contained. 

Cal fire is reporting 75 residential structures destroyed and 9,300 still threatened by the fire. 

Lake County Mandatory Evaucations: 

- East of the Lake-Mendocino County Line, South of the Lake-Mendocino-Glenn County Line, West of the Lake-Colusa County Line, North of SR 20.

- East of the Lake-Mendocino County Line, South of SR 20, East of Hill Road, North of Riggs Road 

Colusa County Mandatory Evacuations: 

- The town limits of Stonyford, West to the Colusa-Lake County line and North to Colusa-Glenn County line, Century Ranch sub-division, East and West side of East Park Reservoir, Lodoga from Squaw Creek Inn South and all areas West of Bear Valley Road to Hwy 20

Mendocino County Mandatory Evacuations: 

- SR CA-20 area from one mile south of SR CA- 20, east of Potter Valley Road, south of the fire perimeter, and west of Mendocino-Lake County Line

- Cow Mountain Area of Mendocino County (South of SR-20, west of the Mendocino/Lake County line, east of the intersection of North Cow Mountain Road and the Cow Mountain Access Road, and north of the current fire perimeter of the River Fire) 

Evacuation Centers: 

- Mendocino College, Dance Room (located at 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah)

- Lower Lake High School (located at 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake)

- Twin Pine Casino (located at 22223 CA-29, Middletown)

- Middletown High School (located at 20932 Big Canyon Road, Middletown) **AT CAPACITY**

- Middletown Middle School (located at 15846 Wardlaw St. Middletown) 

- Mountain Vista Middle School (located at 5081 Konocti Rd., Kelseyville)

- Colusa County Veterans Hall (located at 108 E. Main Street, Colusa) 

- Redwood Riders Arena (located at 8300 East Road, Redwood Valley) is accepting horses.

- Animal Care (located at 298 Plant Road, Ukiah) is accepting small animals


MENDOCINO & LAKE COUNTIES, Calif. - Two fires are currently burning in Mendocino and Lake Counties causing over 10,000 to be evacuated.

Ranch Fire Status:

The Ranch Fire, which started on July 27, is currently burning 45,076 acres with 5 percent containment.

The fire is currently affecting areas near Highway CA-20 at MP 30, Old Lake County Highway, Blue Lake, 8 miles northeast of Ukiah.

River Fire Status:

The River Fire, which started on July 27, is currently burning 23,411 acres with 5 percent containment.

The fire is currently affecting areas near Old River Road, 6 miles north of Hopland.

The two fires have a combined acreage of 68,487, and are expected to be fully contained by August 6, according to Cal Fire.

There are currently 7 residential structures and 3 outbuildings destroyed by the fires. 10,200 structures continue to be threatened.

Mandatory evacuations:

Mendocino County
- Potter Valley Community
- All areas north of Highway CA-20, east of the fire edge, to the Mendocino County Line
- South of Burris Lane to MeWhinney Creek and east of East Side Potter Valley Road to include feeder road utilizing Burris Lane east to the Mendocino-Lake County Line
- Highway CA-20 area from one mile south of Highway CA-20, east of Potter Valley Road, south of MeWhinney Creek and west of Mendocino-Lake County Line
- Pine Avenue area of Potter Valley north of Burris Lane, east of Eastside Potter Valley Road, south of 105011 Eastside Potter Valley Road, and west of the Lake-Mendocino County line
- Midmountain Road area, north of 10551 Eastside Potter Valley Road, east of Eastside Potter Valley Road, south of 11385 Eastside Potter Valley Road, west of Mendocino-Lake County Line
- Hopland area north of Highway CA-175, east of mile market 5.6 on Highway CA-175, south of the fire, and west of Mendocino-Lake County Line

Lake County
- Western Lake County, west of Lucerne at Bartlett Springs Road and Highway CA-20, south of the fire, east of the fire, and north of the Lake-Sonoma County Line to include the communities of Blue Lakes, Upper Lake, Nice, Lakeport, Witter Spring, Bachelor Valley, Scotts Valley and Saratoga Springs
- Kelseyville, Finley and Big Valley Rancheria

Road Closures:

Mendocino County
- Highway CA-175 at mile post 5.6 to eastbound traffic
- Midmountain at Eastside Potter Valley Road
- Mill Creek Road, ½ mile east of Old River Road
- Pine Avenue at Eastside Potter Valley Road
- Highway CA-20 at Potter Valley Road
- Elk Mountain Road south of Pillsbury road

Lake County
- Highway CA-175, at Highway CA-29 to westbound traffic
- Elk Mountain Road at Middle Creek Road
- Highway CA-20, westbound at Highway CA-29
- Highway CA-20, westbound at Bartlett Springs Road
- Soda Bay Road at Clark Road
- Highway CA-29, northbound at Cole Creek
- Bottle Rock Road at Cole Creek Road

Evacuation Centers:

- Mendocino College in the Dance Room located at 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah
- Lower Lake High School located at 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake
- Twin Pines Casino located at 22223 CA-29, Middletown
- Clearlake Senior Center located at 3245 Bowers Avenue, Clearlake
- Redwood Riders Arena located at 8300 East Road, Redwood Valley (accepting horses)
- Animal Care located as 298 Plant Road, Ukiah (accepting small animals)

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