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The Mendocino Complex fire, the largest fire to ever burn in Calif. now still burned actively overnight. Fire officials say the Ranch Fire charred another 6,000 acres with the complex now having burned nearly 291,000 acres, surpassing the Thomas Fire from last December, which had been the largest fire in state history. The Ranch fire is the larger of the twin fires, burning nearly 242,000 acres. Its burning north into the Mendocino National Forest, and east, into rural areas in east Lake County and into Colusa County. The fire’s burning in difficult terrain with limited access for firefighters, engines and dozers, so only aircraft and firefighters hiking it out on foot can get to it. The smaller of the two, the River fire grew to 49,000 acres Monday and overnight, but it’s now 78 percent contained.

A man from Blue Lake’s been killed in a solo car crash on the 101 by mile marker 80.99 in Mendocino County. The CHP in Garberville investigating the crash by Gannon Rogers who they say was headed south and for some reason his Honda went off the road and hit a large tree in the Rattlesnake Creek bed. The man had serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. An 8 year old boy was also in the car and was removed by emergency personnel and taken to a hospital by helicopter.

Warm weather and fast moving winds bringing the Mendocino Complex fire to the history books. The fire now the largest ever in the state. It’s made up of the River and Ranch fires. The River fire is nearly surrounded at 78% containment, but it’s burned 49,000 acres. It’s the Ranch fire that’s continuing to explode in growth and spawning spot fires west of Lucerne and along the Highway 20 corridor. There’s also a big spot fire reported by the Forest Service into and east of where the Pawnee Fire broke out in the Spring Valley area. The area to be a high priority with choppers concentrating there to hold the fire west of Bear Valley Road. They’re also trying to contain lines west of Stonyford. They’re also working to protect structures in the Lake Pillsbury area. The Ranch Fire has burned almost 242,000 acres and is 20 percent contained.

After some public input, Mendocino County is using Nixle in their emergency notification systems. Starting today, anybody interested can sign up to get the emergency notifications from Nixle for Mendocino County, something the County says is part of their mission to improve communication with the public and to get as much information out to the public as possible for all emergency incidents. The Sheriff’s office will send the emergency information to any area requested, one zip code or several, within the County.

Sign up for Nixle online at

Or by smartphone, text 888777 and enter MendoAlerts and if you want a specific zip code, text 888777 and enter the zip code.

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