What You Need to Know: Carr, Mendocino Complex and Ferguson Fires

Wildfires in California have become the norm.  Here’s an update of the wildfires burning in California in July 2018.

A roundup of major wildfires burning across California. The Carr Fire in Shasta County has burned 98,724 acres and is 20 percent contained as of early Monday. Two firefighters and four civilians have died in the blaze.

The dead include: Don Ray Smith, 81, a contract bulldozer operator working with Cal Fire; Jeremy Stoke, a firefighter with the Redding Fire Department; Melody Bledsoe, 70, and her great-grandchildren, James Roberts, 5, and Emily Roberts, 4.

Authorities announced Sunday that a sixth person had died in the blaze, but did not release a name or details surrounding the death. Officials say seven people are missing.

Cal Fire said Monday the blaze has destroyed 966 structures, including 723 homes. Another 193 have been damaged, and some 5,000 structures remain threatened.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for the following areas as of Monday morning:

  • 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
  • Community of French Gulch
  • SR 299 west of Trinity Mountain Road to the base of Buckhorn Summit
  • Whiskey Creek Road to include the boat launch/day use areas
  • South along Swasey Drive from SR299 to Placer Road
  • West along Placer Road from Swasey Drive to Prospect Drive
  • North from Prospect Drive to encompass Middle Park Ranch Land Area
  • West of Overhill Drive and north of SR 299
  • North of SR 299 and west of Spinmaker Road to the end of Harlan Drive
  • Keswick Dam East to Counter Lane, north to Quartz Hill Road
  • North of Sacramento River to Keswick Dam Road, west of Market Street and Lake Boulevard to Keswick Dam
  • North at Lake Boulevard and Oasis Road to Pine Grove Avenue and Walker Mine Road west of Cascade Rd/ Interstate-5
  • Pine Grove Avenue North on Lake Boulevard to Shasta Dam incorporating Summit City, North Belt Line and Flannigan Road
  • Intersection of Placer Road and Buenaventura Boulevard west to Thompson Lane
  • Buenaventura Boulevard from Placer Road to Westside Road
  • Westside Road to Keyon Drive incorporating Country Heights and West Redding neighborhood
  • Buenaventura Boulevard to SR 299 to Placer Road
  • Placer Road from Buenaventura Boulevard to Cloverdale Road
  • Cloverdale Road from Placer Road to Clear Creek Road
  • Clear Creek Road west from Cloverdale Road to Honey Bee Road
  • Cloverdale Road from Clear Creek Road East to Oakl Street in the community of Happy Valley
  • Oak Street from Cloverdale Road to Palm Avenue, which includes Dale Lane, Panther Road and Heavenly Valley Lane
  • Hawthorn Avenue from Oak Street to Happy Valley Road
  • China Gulch Drive from Oak Street to Canyon Road
  • All residences north of Cloverdale Road, Hawthorn Road and China Gulch Drive
  • Shasta Dam Visitor Center
  • All of Shasta Dam Boulevard
  • All of Shasta Lake City
  • Placer Road from the Clear Creek Bridge to Clear Creek Road
  • Placer Road at Platina Road to Buell Road which includes South Fork Road, Zogg Mine Road, Jenny Bird Lane, Horse Canyon Road and all residents west of Platina Road between Placer Road and Buell Road
  • All areas on South Fork Road from Zogg Mine Road to South Fork Road to include the areas of Bender Road, Serenity Drive and Serenit Way
  • Platina Rd and Buell Rd
  • Southeast along Platina Road to Bully Choop Road including all residences to the west of Platina Road, including Buell Road, Rainbow Lake Road, Rector Creek Road, Old Cannel Road, Mountainside Road, Devils Gap Drive, Baker Ridge Road, Ducket Road, Sunnyhill Road and Bigfoot Road (Evacuation route for residents SOUTH on Platina Road to Hwy 36.)
  • Highway 299 at Trinity Dam Boulevard continuing north to Trinity Dam including Deadwood Road, Jennings Gulch Road, Eastman Gulch Road and Lewiston Turn Pike Road. This includes all residences and side streets east of Trinity Dam Boulevard within the Township of Lewiston.
  • All roads and streets west of Trinity Dam Blvd and east of Lewiston Road Deadwood Road east of Trinity Dam Blvd.
  • All residences on Baker Road including Cooper Gulch, Posey Road, Lakeview Terrace and Pine Cove Marina including Eagle Mountain Road
  • Trinity/Shasta County Line at Buckhorn Summit Road west to Trinity Dam Road, and all roads within this area north of Hwy 299.
  • Highway 299 at Trinity Dam Boulevard west to Douglas City
  • Trinity Dam Boulevard to Highway 3
  • All roads and streets west of Trinity Dam Boulevard and east of Lewiston Road
  • Deadwood Road east of Trinity Dam Boulevard
  • All residences on Baker Road including Cooper Gulch, Posey Road, Lakeview Terrace and Pine Cove Marina including Eagle Mountain Road

Evacuation orders have been lifted from the following areas as of 9 a.m. on Monday:

  • Eureka Way to Buenadventura Blvd
  • Buenadventura Blvd from Hwy 299 (Eureka Way) to Hwy 273
  • Teton Road including the White Hawk Subdivision
  • Canyon Creek Drive including the Country Heights Subdivision
  • All surface streets off Westside Rd including El Reno Lane, Kenyon Drive, Branstetter Lane and Cedars Road
  • Branstetter Lane to Texas Spring Road, encompassing roads on Branstetter Lane
  • Hwy 273 at Westwood Drive including the Westwood Subdivision
  • Clear Creek Road from Hwy 273 to Honey Bee Road

The Red Cross shelter at Shasta Community College is at capacity. Other shelters are open at:

  • Crosspointe Community Church, 2960 Hartnell Avenue, Redding
  • Trinity High School, 321 Victory Lane, Weaverville
  • Grace Baptist Church, 3782 Churn Creek Road, Redding
  • Simpson College, 2211 College View Drive, Redding
  • Foothill High School, 9733 Deschutes Road, Palo Cedro
  • Valley Christian Center, 2831 Freeman Street, Anderson

Animal evacuation centers are also set up:

  • Large animal shelter: Tehama County Fairgrounds, 650 Antelope Blvd Red Bluff
  • Large animal shelter: Intermountain Fairgrounds, 530-336-5005, 44218 A St, McArthur
  • Large/small animal shelter: Redding Rodeo Grounds, 715 Auditorium Dr, Redding
  • Small animal shelter: Haven Humane, 1816 CA-273 Anderson

There is a community meeting scheduled for today at 4 p.m. at the Redding Civic Auditorium located at 700 Auditorium Drive in Redding and there will be another community meeting tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Trinity Players Performing Arts Theatre located at 101 Arbuckle Court in Weaverville.

The California State Water Resources Control Board issued a boil water advisory for three water systems — Clear Creek CSD, Centerville CSD and Shasta CSD — as a result of the Carr Fire. Customers in these areas should boil their water for one minute before using it for drinking or food preparation purposes.

President Trump has issued an emergency declaration for California allowing counties affected by wildfires to receive federal assistance. The declaration allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide necessary equipment and resources.

The missing persons hotline given by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is (530) 225-4277.

Mendocino Complex Fires

Two fires, which are collectively being called the “Mendocino Complex Fires” have forced evacuations in Mendocino and Lake counties.

As of Monday morning, the River Fire has burned 20,911 acres northeast of the community of Hopland and west of the town of Lakeport, and the the Ranch Fire, burning southwest of the community of Potter Valley and north of the Highway 20, has consumed 35,076 acres. Both fires are 5 percent contained.

Six residences have been destroyed, and 10,200 other structures are threatened.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for Mendocino and Lake counties:

  • The 8000 block of River Road, south to the intersection of Highway 175 from the Russian River, east to the ridge above Highway 175 within the North-South points. These evacuations also include all driveways and homes located between the North-South points.
  • Community of Lakeport
  • City of Lakeport and unincorporated areas of Lakeport: south of 20th Street, west of Clear Lake, north of Highland Springs Road, and east of the Mendocino-Lake County Line
  • Everything south of Scotts Creek Road to Scotts Valley Road to Highway CA-29
  • Everything west of Highway CA-29 from Scotts Valley Road to Highland Springs Road
  • Everything north of Highland Springs Road, Mathews Road, George Road, and Highway CA-175 to the Lake-Mendocino County line
  • Everything east of the Lake-Mendocino County line from Scotts Creek Road to Highway CA-175
  • Elk Mountain Road, north of Rancheria Road
  • All feeder roads north of Highway 20, east of the Mendocino-Lake County line, south of Mendocino National Forest and west of Mendenhall Avenue
  • Potter Valley Community
  • All areas north Highway 20, east of the fire edge 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.
  • South of Burris Lane to Mewhinney Creek and east of East Side Porter Valley Road
  • All feeder roads utilizing Burris Lane east to Mendocino-Lake County line
  • Blue Lakes
  • Bachelor Valley
  • Witter Springs
  • North Scotts Valley Road from the 7000 block to Highway 20
  • The area of Highway CA-20 south of Potter Valley: one mile south of Highway CA-20, east of Potter Valley Road, south of MeWhinney Creek, and west of Mendocino-Lake County Line
  • The 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, north of the Lake-Sonoma County Line. This includes the communities of Blue Lakes, Upper Lake, Nice, Lakeport, Witter Springs, Bachelor Valley, Scotts Valley, Saratoga Springs

Evacuation advisories are in place for:

  • Highway 20 from the 6000 block to the Lake County line and into the Blue Lakes area
  • Lakeport and surrounding areas
  • Potter Valley, Burris Lane area
  • North of 8000 block of River Road to Yokayo Ranch Road
  • All areas North of Highway 20, east of Mendenhall Avenue, south of Mendocino National Forest, west of the Robinson Casino
  • Finley
  • Big Valley Rancheria
  • Kelseyville and Finley areas, north of the Sonoma-Lake-Mendocino County Line, east of Highland Springs Road, south of Clear Lake, and west of Bottle Rock Road and Clear Lake State Park
  • South of 8000 Old River Road, east of the Russian River, north of Highway CA-175, west of mile marker 5.6 on Highway CA-175.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for the following:

  • Community of Hopland, including the Hopland Rancheria (Hopland Band of Pomo Indians)

Evacuation centers have been set up at the following locations:

  • Mendocino College, Dance Room at 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah
  • Mountain Vista Middle School, 5081 Konocti Road, Kelseyville
  • Kelseyville Elementary School, 5065 Konocti Road, Kelseyville
  • Kelseyville High School, 5480 Main Street, Kelseyville
  • Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake
  • Twin Pines Casino, 22223 CA-29, Middletown

Horses are being accepted at Redwood Riders Arena at 8300 East Road in Redwood Valley, and small animals are being accepted at Animal Care at 298 Plant Road in Ukiah. You can contact the shelter directly at 707-463-4427 with any questions or concerns.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Mendocino, Lake and Napa counties on Saturday night.

Ferguson Fire


The fire near Yosemite National Park has burned 56,659 acres and was 30 percent contained as of Monday morning. The fire has killed two firefighters: Brian Hughes, who died Sunday morning after being struck by a tree, and Braden Varney, who died when his bulldozer rolled over him in rugged terrain. The fire has injured 7 others and caused several closures in the park.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for:

  • Anderson Valley
  • Cedar Lodge/Indian Flat Campground
  • El Portal Trailer Court
  • Foresta
  • Incline Road from Foresta Bridge to the last BLM campground
  • Lushmeadows Community
  • Old El Portal
  • Old Yosemite Road
  • Ponderosa Basin Community
  • Rancheria Flat – Government Housing
  • Savage’s Trading Post
  • Tip Top Road from Triangle Road to Gunther Road, including Gunther Road
  • Triangle Road from Darrah Road in the Lushmeadows area to Highway 49 South, and all side roads
  • Yosemite View Lodge
  • Yosemite West

Evacuation advisories are in place for:

  • The East side of Highway 49 South from Darrah Road to Triangle Road, including Boyer Road, Woodland Area, Wass Road and Tip Top Road.
  • Highway 49 South from Stumpfield Mountain Road to the Mariposa-Madera County Line, including Kemble Road, Stumpfield Mountain Road and Watt Road
    Mariposa Pines/Jerseydale Road
  • Triangle Road from Jerseydale Road to East Westfall

Evacuation orders have been lifted for the following:

  • East Westfall Road area including all homes on East Westfall Road from Triangle Road to Chowchilla Mountain Road, including all side roads
  • Fire Advisements for Vista Lago, Monte Vista and Triangle Road from East Westfall Road to Highway 49 South, including all side roads

An evacuation center has been set up at Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones Street in Mariposa.

Small animals are being accepts at the Mariposa SPCA located at 5599 Hwy CA-49 North in Mariposa, and large animals are being accepted at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds located at 5007 Fairgrounds Road in Mariposa.

Reporting from the Associated Press was used in this story. This post will be updated.

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