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Complex Fires at Mendocino, Lake County grows to over 30,000 acres, containing 10 percent



UKIAH, California (KGO) –

Two fires near Clear Lake called the Mendocino Complex have led to forced evictions.

The flames are approaching Clear Lake and many other cities are under compulsory evacuation. The main street of Lakeport is a virtual ghost town. But there are some who stay. Among them is Kim Crites.

She says there is no reason to leave at this point.

"If it stays on the other side of 29, I'm not worried," she said. "But if it jumped, I'd be more worried."

Ash falls everywhere in the city. Those who left do what they can to make sure their homes stop.

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The Kaur family is also to note the warning. They spent the afternoon packing as much as possible.

"There are usually so many people on Sundays, children walking around, it's smoky, they, the trees, everything ̵

1; it's sad," said Ruby Kaur.

Shelters open. Many evacuees gathered at Twin Pine Casino in Middletown

"I've been in a flood before, but I've never been in a fire," said evacuee Joanna Soydel. "Will I go home to a pile of ashes or will I go back to my house?"

"Now we are here and it takes a deep breath, you know, it's just one of those," evacuee Pam Ayle said. "It's just one of those, you do not know how annoying it is until you're in the middle."

With so many fires burning in California, there is a growing concern that resources are being spread too thinly. In this case Crites has a plan.

"When worse gets worse, we can just run down and jump into the lake," she said.

MENDOCINO COUNTY FORCED EVACUATION ORDERS [19659014] 8000 Block of River Road

  • Pine Avenue Field of Potter Valley Road
  • South to the junction of Highway 175 from the Russian River East to the Lake County Line, within the North South points.
  • All driveways and houses between the north-south points
  • Potter Valley Community; All areas north of Highway CA20
  • east of Brandrand to the Mendocino-Lake County Line
  • south of Burris Lane to MeWhinney Creek
  • east of East Side Potter Valley Road to include feeder roads across Burris Lane to the east Mendocino-Lake County Line
  • LAKE COUNTY EVACUATION CONSULTING

    • North Lakeport
    • Upper Lake
    • Highway 20 from the 6000 block to the Lake County Line and into the Blue Lakes area .; Potter Valley, Burris Lane area; North of 8000 blocks of River Road to Yokayo Ranch Road
    • Finley
    • Big Valley Rancheria
    • Blue Lakes
    • Bachelor Valley
    • Witter Springs
    • North Scotts Valley Road from 7000 block to Highway CA20 [19659014] Lakeport and vicinity north of the CA-20 motorway, east of Mendenhall Avenue; East of Mendenhall Avenue; South of the Mendocino National Forest border; West of Robinson Casino

    LAKE COUNTY FORCING EVACUATION ORDERS

    • Lakeport City
    • All the West of Highway CA-29 from Scotts Valley Road to Highland Springs Road
    • All North of Highland Springs Road
    • Mathews Road George Road and Highway CA-175 to the Lake-Mendocino County Line
    • All the east of the Lake Mendocino County line from Scotts Creek Road to Highway CA-175
    • north of Highway CA-20, west of Mendenhall Avenue [19659015] East of Mendocino-Lake County line; South of the Mendocino National Forest
    • West of Mendenhall Avenue

    Click here for the latest information on Cal Fire, including the latest evacuation information.

    A shelter has been set up at Mountain Vista Middle School in Kelseyville. The Twin Pines Casino Middletown property is closed.

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