Carr, Mendocino Complex and Garner Complex Fire Update

Jul 30, 2018

The Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity Counties.
Credit Caltrans District 2

Carr Fire 

**Update at 3 PM: Fire has grown to 110,154 acres and is 27% contained.

Repopulation notice: Cal Fire reports that some evacuation orders are lifted for the Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity Counties.

Residents may return home to Shasta Lake, except Summit City. Oasis Road west of interstate 5 to lake blvd and areas west of lake blvd and north of the same street will remain closed. Pine Grove at Iron Horse Road is closed and all areas west of this particular closure in the summit city proper will remain under mandatory evacuation. State Route 151 at Sacramento Street is still closed and all areas west of this closure, also in summit city proper, will stay closed under mandatory evacuation. Evacuation orders have been lifted for Douglas City, and portions of Happy Valley, Shasta lake city and Redding.

Cal Fire advises the public to stay vigilant under current fire conditions. They ask that drivers adhere to road closures in any evacuation warnings and also ask that people drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the region.

So far the Carr Fire grew to 103, 772 acres and is 23 percent contained. Six people have died due to the fire and seven are still reported missing. Strong winds, hot and dry weather, previously unburned fuels and steep terrain can contribute to the fire’s growth.

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The Carr Fire has killed six people and seven people are reported missing. It's forced evacuations of more than 38,000 people in both Shasta and Trinity Counties. It has burned 95,368 acres and is 17 percent contained. NPR reports it’s destroyed or damaged over 1000 structures in both counties.  Additionally over 5,000 structures are threatened.

Sunday night’s incident report states extreme fire conditions continued while firefighters worked to build control lines. However, shifting winds, dry fuels and steep drainages contributed to rapid growth of the fire. Evacuation centers include Shasta College, Simpson University, and Cross Point Community Church—all in Redding, as well as Trinity High School in Weaverville, and Foothill High School in Palo Cedro. A large animal evacuation center is at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff and Haven Humane Anderson Factory Outlet in Anderson.

Here is an update from Caltrans District 2 on Highway 299: 

Mandatory Evacuations for the Carr Fire: 

Community of French Gulch SR 299 west of Trinity Mountain Rd to the base of Buckhorn Summit, Whiskey Creek Rd to include the boat launch/day use areas South along Swasey Dr from SR299 to Placer Rd West along Placer Rd from Swasey Dr to Prospect Dr North from Prospect Dr to encompass Middle Park Ranch Land Area Keswick Dam East to Counter Lane, North to quartz Hill Rd North at Lake Blvd and Oasis Rd to Pine Grove Ave and Walker Mine Rd west of Cascade Rd/ I-5 Pine Grove Ave North on Lake Blvd to Shasta Dam incorporating Summit City, North Belt Line and Flannigan Rd Placer Road from Buenaventura Blvd to Cloverdale Rd Cloverdale Rd from Placer Rd to Clear Creek Rd Clear Creek Rd West from Cloverdale Rd to Honey Bee Rd Shasta Dam Visitor Center All of Shasta Dam Blvd All of Shasta Lake City Placer Rd from the Clear Creek Bridge to Clear Creek Rd Placer Rd at Platina Rd to Buell Rd which includes South Fork Rd, Zogg Mine Road, Jenny Bird Lane, Horse Canyon Rd and all residents West of Platina Rd between Placer Rd and Buell Rd All areas on South Fork Road from Zogg Mine Rd to South Fork Road to include the areas of Bender Rd, Serenity Dr and Serenity Way City of Redding: West of Overhill Dr and North of SR 299 North of SR 299 and in the Sunset West and Senset Terrace Subdivison North of Sacramento River to Keswick Dam Rd, West of Market Street and Lake Blvd to Keswick Dam, Intersection of Placer Rd and Buenaventura Blvd west to Thompson Lane Buenaventura Blvd from Placer Rd to Westside Rd Westside Rd to Kenyon Drive incorporating Country Heights and West Redding neighborhoods Buenaventura Blvd to SR 299 to Placer Rd Trinity County, Trinity/Shasta County Line at Buckhorn Summit Road west to Trinity Dam Road. All roads within this area north of Hwy 299 Hwy 299 at Trinity Dam Blvd continuing north to Trinity Dam including Deadwood Road, Jennings Gulch Road, Eastman Gulch Road and Lewiston Turn Pike Road. This is to include all residences and side streets east of Trinity Dam Blvd within the Township of Lewiston.

The Ranch Fire, one fire in the Mendocino Complex near State Route 20 and Blue Lakes.
Credit Caltrans District 1

Mendocino Complex: 

Update on Tuesday at 6 a.m.: 

Cal Fire lifted evacuation orders for  several areas involved in the River Fire. Those areas include Hopland and Hopland Rancheria. So far the River Fire has burned 23,411 acres and is 5 percent contained.

Additionally, the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fires, burned 45,076 acres and is at 5 percent containment. 

Cal Fire reports several residences and three other structures were destroyed in the fires and more than 10,000 structures are threatened. 

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Meanwhile, power outages over the weekend impacted the Mendocino Complex Fires in Mendocino and Lake Counties. The Mendocino Complex includes both the River and Ranch Fires. Ryan Burns with the Lost Coast Outpost reported multiple power outages that shut down gas stations in Willits. Sunday evening, from Fort Bragg to Manchester, PG&E showed major outages up and down Highway 101 and across State Route 20. The power outages were said to impact more than 50,000 people. Looking at the PG&E outage map this morning, there appear to be several outages but none are affecting more than 4 people.

As of Monday morning, the Mendocino Complex fires burned a total of 55,987 acres and is 10 percent contained. Six residences were destroyed. Over 10,000 structures are threatened.  Evacuation Centers include Mendocino College in Ukiah, Mountain Vista Middle School, Kelseyville Elementary School and Kelseyville Highs School in Kelseyville. Lower Lake High School in Lower Lake and Twin Pines Casino in Middletown. Animal Evacuation Centers include Redwood Riders Arena in Redwood Valley and Animal Care in Ukiah which accepts small animals.

Ranch Fire map
Credit Cal Fire
River Fire map.
Credit Cal Fire

Mandatory Evacuations for the Mendocino Complex: 

The 8000 block of River Road, South to the intersection of Highway 175 from the Russian River east to the Lake County Line, within the North South points. These evacuations also include all driveways and homes located between the North South points. Potter Valley Community; All areas north of Highway CA-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, to include feeder roads 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 10511 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. 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 Springs, Bachelor Valley, Scotts Valley, and Saratoga Springs.

North Coast Senator Mike McGuire issued this tweet this morning on the fire's containment progress: 

Cal Fire Mendocino Unit postd several updates over the weekend and also had a video feed on their Facebook to explain what areas were affected by the fires. 

Garner Complex for Southern Oregon: 

Southern Oregon is also experiencing wildfires. The Garner Complex includes several fires: the Taylor Creek, Grave Creek, Pleasant Creek and Ditch Creek. The latest incident report states that the Graves Creek Fire was in good shape which prompted Oregon State Fire Mashal's structure task force teams to focus on the Taylor Fire. The Associated Press reports a large wildfire in burning and evacuated close to 1000 people out of their homes. The Garner Complex grew close to 50 miles on Sunday and was about 30 percent contained. Fire officials say the fire grew by more than 10 percent overnight and that 2600 firefighters are on scene. No structures have been damaged.

The Statesman Journal reports the fires within the Garner Complex has an estimated cost of $27.1 million dollars. They also state that the Bureau of Land Management issued a closure order this weekend for recreation areas along portions of the Rogue River. The order does not affect river operations but access to the river is limited in the closed area. 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said in a Tweet reguarding the Garner Complex that she had invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to send additional resources to the fires which are impacting Jackson and Josephine counties. She further cautioned residents to be cautious and keep Oregon's fire crews in their thoughts as they fight to protect communities and landscapes.