More than 1000 homes destroyed in Northern CA blaze

More than 1000 homes destroyed in Northern CA blaze

More than 1000 homes destroyed in Northern CA blaze

The two fires that make up the Mendocino Complex of Fires were extremely active Saturday, growing from 9,500 to 28,000 acres, nearly tripling in size according to very conservative figures released Sunday morning by CAL FIRE.

Soda Bay, Riviera Heights, Buckingham, Riviera West and Clearlake Riviera are not part of the mandatory evacuation order. They include "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".

Cal Fire issued several new evacuation advisories.

Despite the dramatic increase in size, only seven residences and three outbuildings have been destroyed by the fires. The rest are in Lake County, where residents of the town of Lakeport with a population of 5,000 were ordered to leave Sunday night.

Six homes have been destroyed and 10,200 structures are being threatened by the flames. Small animals will be accepted at the Mendocino County Animal Shelter.


Firefighting aircraft were called in but it was unclear when they might arrive because many already were engaged in other fires, Mr. Kendall said.

They both started on Friday afternoon and the causes are under investigation.

National Park officials said yesterday the scenic Yosemite Valley and other areas will be closed "at least through Sunday" due to heavy smoke from the so-called Ferguson Fire.

Lake County sheriff's Lt. Corey Paulich said Monday that two blazes are encroaching on Lakeport, Upper Lake and Nice but have not yet reached heavily populated areas.

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