Thousands Evacuate due to Mendocino Fires

Thousands Evacuate due to Mendocino Fires

Thousands Evacuate due to Mendocino Fires

Cal Fire reports two wildfires burning in northern California are threatening thousands of homes on Monday night.

About 60 homes were ordered evacuated as the blaze erupted late Tuesday and winds whipped flames through brush, grass, oak, pine and fir near the Mendocino National Forest, officials said.

Residents are asked to move to a safe location as firefighters battle the 30-acre Eel Fire off Indian Dick Road and Mendocino Pass Road, east of Covelo. The mandatory evacuation area is North of the Lake-Sonoma-Mendocino County Line, east of Highland Springs Road, South of the Lake and West of Bottle Rock Road and Clear Lake State Park.

Less than three years later, Ms. Lytle found herself listening to scanner traffic on July 31 and fire-proofing her mother's new home as another wildfire advanced.

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At midday Monday, Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Corey Paulich put the number of people under evacuation orders at 14,000, up from a previous estimate of 10,000.

Firefighters continue to make progress on the Carr fire, which has grown to 110,154 acres but is now 27 percent contained. They both started on Friday.

Despite its size, firefighters have managed over the past several days to halt its advance toward Redding, where the fire jumped the Sacramento River last Thursday night and roared into subdivisions on the western edge of town.

The Ranch Fire is at 45,076 acres and is 5% contained.

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Second Mendocino County has massive mandatory evacuation orders.

The area was only about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of where twin fires in Mendocino and Lake counties have burned an area almost three times the size of San Francisco, destroyed 10 homes and threatened 12,000 more.

Hughes says he and about five of his neighbors chose to protect their homes against fire and looters, despite an evacuation text alert they got Sunday evening.

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