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Mendocino Complex fires: Dual blazes spread rapidly

Two fires in Mendocino and lake regions grew rapidly throughout the Sunday and forced thousands to evacuate and urged the governor to explain an emergency.

The Mendocino complex – the combined name for ranch and river fires – had burned 24,270 hectares and was 10 percent confinement from Sunday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

But Cal Fire said a "lack of available suppression and overhead staff to help fight the fire" would slowly move on in the fight against the fan.

The two fires have destroyed four homes together and threaten more than 4,500 other structures.

The River Brand burns north of Hopland and Ranch Fire is burning northeast of Ukiah.

Cal Fire said that the hot, dry and windy conditions challenge firefighters who worked through Saturday night to reinforce inclusion lines.

Vicente Santana looks at the River Brand burning from his home in Lakeport, Calif. (Photo of Dawn Santana / Courtesy Alicia Santana Twitter)

A total of 820 firemen and crew members worked the event from Sunday morning while thousands of more fought Carr Fire near Redding.

On Saturday Gry Jerry Brown declared an emergency in Mendocino, Lake and Napa County due to fires, enabling more government resources to be poured into efforts to combat firefighters, protect infrastructure and ensure security.

Steele Fire burns south of Lake Berryessa in Napa County had charred 150 hectares and every 50 percent contained Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire. The fire had destroyed seven structures and injured one on Sunday morning, the authority said.

Mandatory evacuations for thousands of residents in both Mendocino and Lake Region were still in place Sunday because of the Mendocino Complex fires. A meeting of the fires was scheduled for 5 am at Kelseyville High School, according to Lake County Record-Bee.

For the latest evacuation order and counseling information, visit the Mendocino County Sheriff Office Facebook Page at: facebook.com/MendocinoSheriff.

For general information about Mendocino Complex fires, call 707-574-8261.

Mendocino Complex Mandatory Evacuations

Mendocino County:

– 8000 block of River Road, south to the junction of Highway 175 from the Russian River east to Lake County line, to the north south points, including all highways and housing located between the North South points.

– In the Potter Valley community, all areas north of Highway 20, east of the fire edge, to the Mendocino Lake County Line. South of Burris Lane to Mewhinney Creek and east of East Side Potter Valley Road, including feeding paths using Burris Lane east to the Mendocino-Lake Counties line.

Lake County:

– The Community of Lakeport, all south of Scotts Creek Road to Scotts Valley Road to
Highway 29.

– All west of Highway 29 from Scotts Valley Road to Highland Springs Road.

– All north of Highland Springs Road, Mathews Road, George Road and Highway 175 to Lake Mendocino County.

– All East of Lake Mendocino County Line from Scotts Creek Road to Highway 175.

– North of Highway 20, West of Mendenhall Avenue; east of Mendocino-Lake County Line; south of Mendocino National Forest; west of Mendenhall Avenue.

– Blue Lakes, the Bachelor Valley, Witter Springs and the North Scotts Valley Road from the 7000 block to Highway 20.

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