Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Lodge Lightening Complex [FIRE]
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Lodge Lightening Complex [FIRE]
Wilderness Lodge/Eel River Canyon
When: Date: 08-09-2014 Time: 7:00 AM
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Written by: Captain Greg Van Patten
Synopsis: The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office continues to work in a cooperative effort with CALFIRE as firefighting personnel battle the Lodge Lightning Complex fire located in the Wilderness Lodge/Eel River Canyon area in the northern portion of Mendocino County.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office will continue to send out updated information in coordination with CALFIRE.

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The following information was released early this morning by CALFIRE:


Incident Update

Saturday, August 09, 2014 7:00 A.M.

Fire Information Line: (626) 622-7927

Location: Wilderness Lodge/Eel River Canyon

County: Mendocino

Acres: 7100

% Containment: 30%

Start Date & Time: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 6:27 am

Injuries: 11

Structures Threatened: 58


Fire Engines: 157

Fire Crews: 49

Bulldozers: 29

Helicopters: 15

Water Tenders: 29

Total Personnel: 1950

Current Situation:

The fire continues to burn in heavy timber. Firefighters are challenged by steep, rugged terrain with difficult access.

Late yesterday afternoon the fire made significant runs on the eastern portion of the fire.

Eight firefighters were injured as the fire crested a portion of Brush Mountain. All eight firefighters were transported to burn centers and treated for burns, they remain in stable condition.

We will provide further information about the injured firefighters as it becomes available for release.

An Evacuation Order has been issued for the area around the eastern boundary of the Lodge Fire in the following areas:

Camp Seabow, Elder Place, Tan Oak Park, Bald Mountain Ranch, Mad Creek,
Elk Creek east of Brush Mountain.

An evacuation shelter has been set up by the American Red Cross at the Leggett School, 1 School Way.

Please visit for information on how to prepare for an evacuation.

Community meetings will be held today, in Leggett and Laytonville.

The meeting in Leggett will begin at 1:00PM at Leggett School, 1 School Way.

The meeting in Laytonville will begin at 5:00PM at the Harwood Hall, 44400 Willis Ave.

Cooperating Agencies:

Bureau of Land Management, Laytonville Fire Department, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California National Guard, California Conservation Corps, CAL OES, and the American Red Cross.

Approved By: Executive Coordinator Liz Evangelatos