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The Ranch and River Fires still burning as the Mendocino Complex. They were active last night, the Ranch Fire making a run in the Pawnee scar, that fire burned in June. Firefighters were working to defend structures, as 41 homes and 47 other buildings had already burned. There’s a Red Flag warning in place until tomorrow night at 11 PM. Some of the areas in steep, rural terrain with difficult access. Together the two fires have burned 154,000 acres total and are 30% contained. The Ranch Fire is the larger of the two, having charred 112,000 acres with 28% containment. The River Fire has burned less than half that, at 41,500 acres with 50% containment.

There’s a new Evacuation Order – For the Lucerne, Pepperwood Grove, Paradise Valley, Glenhaven, and Clearlake Oaks areas of Lake County: All areas north of Clear Lake, south and east of Bartlett Springs Road at Hwy 20, west of Bartlett Springs Road at the Indian Valley Reservoir, south to New Long Valley Road and Hwy 20 at Hwy 53. This includes High Valley Road, 5 Star Fish Farm, Round Mountain Road, New Long Valley Road, Old Long Valley Road, and Spring Valley Road.

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services reports getting a Fire Management Assistance Grant that comes from FEMA so vital resources are available to fight the Carr Fire which has been burning in Shasta and now hits Trinity County. The grant allows local, state and tribal agencies to get back 75% of firefighting costs. The fire has already torn thru about 126,000 acres in Shasta and Trinity counties. And most recently has been threatening structures near Lewiston, Weaverville and Junction City. Cal OES, in partnership with CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service sending several immediate need fire strike teams and firefighters with aircraft, engines, dozers and water tenders and shelter operations staff and emergency communications capability to areas hit by the Carr Fire which started in Shasta County July 23rd.

Firefighters brace for the weather to worsen as a Red Flag Warning has been issued along parts of the North Coast. The Ranch fire, part of the Mendocino Complex has now grown to 112,000 acres on its own. The fire which started near Ukiah a week ago has burned an area north of Clear Lake and is headed to the burn scar from the Pawnee Fire which broke out in June. The Cal Fire Division Chief says the Ranch Fire would probably stall if it hits that scar which could slow the fires. The fire grew more than 30% overnight and went from 33% to 28% contained. The other fire in the complex, the River Fire, has burned more than 41,500 acres, just a little more than a day before and it’s holding at 50 percent containment. Some folks southeast of the River Fire have been allowed to go home, but there are now more evacuations for the Ranch Fire.

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