Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
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(Title of Crime/Incident) Lodge Lightning Complex [FIRE]
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Lodge Lightning Complex [FIRE]
Wilderness Lodge/Eel River Canyon
When: Date: 08-11-2014 Time: 7:00 AM
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Written by: Captain Greg Van Patten

Incident Update

Monday, August 11, 2014 7:00 A.M.

Fire Information Line: (626) 622-7927

Location: Wilderness Lodge/Eel River Canyon

County: Mendocino

Acres: 9500

% Containment: 40%

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

Injuries: 11

Structures Threatened: 58


Fire Engines: 180

Fire Crews: 62

Bulldozers: 28

Helicopters: 13

Water Tenders: 22

Total Personnel: 2272

Current Situation:

The fire continues to burn in heavy timber. Firefighters are challenged by steep, rugged terrain with difficult access. The National Weather Service has issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” over the area for possible thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight. If weather conditions persist, fire activity is projected to increase each afternoon. The fire continues to grow to the East and South and may reach dangerous rates of spread dependent upon weather conditions and fuels.

An Evacuation Order is still in effect 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. We will continue to evaluate the need for the evacuation order as the incident progresses.

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.

Cooperating Agencies:

Bureau of Land Management, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department, Leggett Valley Fire Department, Cahto Tribal Council, Laytonville County Water District, Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California National Guard, California Conservation Corps, CAL OES, and the American Red Cross.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten