LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Firefighters were able to contain a small wildland fire that broke out within the Mendocino National Forest on Wednesday evening.
The Bartlett Fire was located east of Bartlett Springs toward the Indian Valley area.
Mendocino National Forest spokesperson Tamara Schmidt said the fire was first reported at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday.
Schmidt said Cal Fire initially took the lead as it was believed that the fire was in the State Responsibility Area in Indian Valley.
However, at about 9 p.m. Wednesday it was transitioned to the Mendocino National Forest’s responsibility after it became clear the fire was located within the forest, she said.
Altogether, the fire was fully contained at approximately 4.3 acres, Schmidt said.
“It’s currently in patrol status and likely will be for the next few days,” Schmidt said Thursday evening.
Forest officials are urging visitors to be careful with fire in light of the season’s dry conditions.
Last month the Mill Fire burned nearly 30,000 acres on the Colusa County side of the forest, as Lake County News has reported.
Schmidt said the forest remains under fire restrictions, which it entered on Friday, July 13.
Under those restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal fires or stoves are prohibited on the Mendocino National Forest unless in the designated recreation sites in the Grindstone, Upper Lake and Covelo ranger districts.
Also prohibited is smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or in the designated recreation sites, welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame, using explosives, or possessing, discharging or using any kind of fireworks, officials reported.
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