Mendocino Complex Fire now second-largest in California history

07 August, 2018, 12:59 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire near Lakeport California

There are still shelters located at Lower Lake High School, Middletown High and Middle Schools, Twin Pine Casino and Mt. Vista Middle School.

The Australian and New Zealand firefighters who arrived in the USA last weekend to help fight the wildfires spreading throughout the country have been deployed to blazes in Northern California and OR, the National Interagency Fire Center said Monday. In 2017, there were 3,440 fires across 219,369 acres during the period.

Ayeta is the seventh person to die in the enormous blaze that has been burning for two weeks near Redding, where armies of firefighters and fleets of aircraft continue battling the flames about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR state line.

The strike team has been prepping structures ahead of the fast-moving fire, making homes more defensible and increasing the chances of saving the residences.

The SAFD hopes its crew will help in the fight, adding to the more than 4,700 fire personnel who are now battling the Carr Fire.

But there are increasing successes in the battle against this blaze.

Later in the day, parts of those highways were opened again: Hwy. 20 remains closed from Hwy. Seven people, including two firefighters, have died so far in relation to that fire. That fire, which is now 43% contained, has destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned over 160,000 acres.


Federal funding will also be available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. The Mendocino Complex, which is 30 per cent contained, is still growing. The fire was 43% contained as of late Sunday, according to Cal Fire.

"The fire did make a big push through Long Valley into Spring Valley", he said, adding that some structures were burned in both Spring Valley and Long Valley when "the fire made a very significant, extremely erratic push into those areas".

The containment line on the ridge along Mid Mountain Rd.

According to Cal Fire, the Ranch Fire continues to grow in the north and south eastern directions, "threatening communities in the fire's path".

"Fire season is really just beginning", Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said, explaining that such intense conditions used to come around the peak of the season. Yesterday the fire was held back along this line with direct fighting and aircraft, but the land there is extremely rugged and hard to work in. "Even if we eliminated all habitat for riparian species and fish, and allowed saltwater intrusion into the delta and set up a sprinkler system over the state, that wouldn't compensate for greater moisture loss from climate change". Temperatures will remain hot all week across much of the state including Southern California, where red flag warnings for increased fire danger are in place. Firefighting aircraft can dip in and out of cattle ponds or other small bodies of water to scoop up water for dropping and spraying on flames.

The Mendocino Complex Fire began a little more than a week ago with two neighboring fires burning through only 9,500 acres of land, then rapidly spreading - at one point, by almost 30,000 acres within hours. The small animal shelter is at county's animal shelter at 298 Plant Rd.in Ukiah.

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