NORTH COAST, Calif. – A complex of fires that began early Saturday in northern Mendocino County had burned hundreds of acres by nightfall.
The Pass Complex was reported at around 2:47 a.m. Saturday in Williams Valley, 10 miles northeast of Covelo, according to a report issued by Cal Fire Mendocino Unit spokesperson Julie Cooley.
By 8 p.m. Saturday, the two-fire complex – consisting of the Pass 1 and Pass 2 – had reached 510 acres, with containment at 10 percent, according to Cooley.
Personnel assigned to the complex Saturday totaled 255, with 13 fire engines, eight fire crews, four bulldozers, two airtankers, two helicopters and two water tenders, Cooley said.
The area’s hot, dry, windy weather is anticipated to lead to significant growth on the Pass 1 Fire, Cooley reported. The Pass 2 was holding at 10 acres.
The fires are burning in heavy timber with limited access for firefighters, said Cooley. Other challenges include crowning, torching and long range spotting.
Cooley reported that no structures have been destroyed and no evacuations were ordered, but three injuries were reported.
Cooperating agencies on the complex include Cal Fire, Covelo Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation and the California National Guard.
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