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: 08-13-2014 Time: 7:00 AM
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Written by: Captain Greg Van Patten

Incident Update

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 7:00 A.M.

Fire Information Line: (626) 622-7927

Location: Wilderness Lodge/Eel River Canyon County: Mendocino

Acres: 11,100

% Containment: 45%

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

Injuries: 11

Structures Threatened: 16


Fire Engines: 190

Fire Crews: 60

Bulldozers: 28

Helicopters: 13

Water Tenders: 24

Total Personnel: 2179

Current Situation:

Firefighters continue to improve line in the areas of the Tenmile and Low Gap Creek drainages. Fire spread is expected to be minimal, however high potential for extreme fire behavior exists. Areas of the fire burning in duff and slow surface litter are being closely monitored. Interior portions of the fire will continue to burn and may be visible from Highway 101. Resources continue to improve contingency lines in the areas of Hargus Road and Tenmile.

The Evacuation Order in the following areas has been downgraded to an Evacuation Warning:

Camp Seabow, Bowman Ranch, Hunt Ranch, Tan Oak Park, Elk Creek and Mad Creek.

The Evacuation Order is still in effect for the areas south of Highway 101, west of Cummings Road to Leggett. These areas include:

The Hermitage, Big Bend and Camp St. Michael.

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 Sheriffs Office, Laytonville
Volunteer Fire Department, USFS, 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