|A map of Northern California shows the Pass Fire north of Lake County and several other major wildland fires burning to the northeast, including the 12,000 acre Ponderosa Fire. Image Courtesy of NASA/MODIS.|
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – A fire in neighboring Mendocino County doubled in size, sending smoke into the Lake County air basin, while wildland fires continued to burn across the northern part of the state.
Cal Fire said the Pass Complex, first reported on Saturday afternoon, had grown to 1,000 acres in size by Sunday, with only 5 percent containment.
The fire is located on Mendocino Pass Road northeast of Covelo, according to Cal Fire.
Cal Fire said the Pass Fire was caused by lightning. Several Lake County residents had reported on Lake County News’ Facebook page and by email that they had seen lightning strikes to the north late Friday.
The fire has resulted in three minor injuries, according to Cal Fire.
No structures were reported threatened, but Cal Fire said the fire was projected to move in a northeast direction toward the Mendocino National Forest and Middle Eel Wilderness.
On Sunday there were 173 personnel on scene, with 35 engines – 34 of them from Cal Fire – as well as 11 fire crews, three airtankers, three helicopters, eight bulldozers and six water tenders. Most of the resources came from Cal Fire.
Cooperating agencies are Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Covelo Fire, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California National Guard.
Other major incidents around Northern California on Sunday included the Ponderosa Fire southeast of Manton in Tehama and Shasta counties.
The fire, which began Saturday morning, had ballooned to 12,000 acres by Sunday afternoon, with no containment yet reached, according to Cal Fire. The cause is under investigation.
Approximately 974 fire personnel, 105 engines, 22 fire crews, 3 helicopters 31 bulldozers and 20 air tankers were assigned in an effort to protect the area’s residents and the 3,000 home, 20 commercial properties and 300 outbuildings that were threatened, Cal Fire said.
Cal Fire said four structures had been destroyed by Sunday afternoon.
Evacuations were put in place for the area, and all roads out of Manton were closed. Cal Fire reported that the Manton School was closed and an evacuation center opened in Redding.
Cal Fire said the Ponderosa Fire was burning one mile from Highway 44, and was moving toward the communities of Shingletown and Viola. Highway 299 should be used as an alternate route in the area.
A fire information number was set up at 530-225-2510.
Elsewhere in Northern California on Sunday afternoon, the SHU Lightning Fire had burned 350 acres in the Whitmore area of Shasta County, with 20 percent containment; the Mill Fire, located northwest of Butte Meadows in Butte County, had burned 1,610 acres and was 35 percent contained; the Reading Fire, located in Lassen National Park, was 51 percent contained at 27,849 acres; the Fort Complex, located 10 miles northeast of Happy Camp, was 200 acres with no containment estimate; the Chips Fire on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests was 38-percent contained at 44,793 acres; and the Rush Fire, located on Bureau of Land Management land in the Northern California District near Ravendale, has scorched 249,578 acres since it began last Sunday, Aug. 12, with 45 percent containment.
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