NORTH COAST, Calif. – A wildland fire complex burning in northern Mendocino County continued to increase in size on Monday.
The Pass Complex grew by more than 400 acres during the course of Monday, reaching 6,015 acres by nighttime, with containment remaining at 10 percent, Cal Fire reported.
The two-fire complex is located along Mendocino Pass Road, 10 miles northeast of Covelo, in both the State Responsibility Area and the Mendocino National Forest. Cal Fire and the US Forest Service have unified command of the incident.
Cal Fire said the Pass Complex was started by lightning.
Burning since Saturday morning, the Pass 1 Fire has burned 6,000 acres, some in the national forest. The Pass 2 Fire, which jumped the fire line and is burning toward Pass 1, has burned 15 acres, Cal Fire reported.
Forty-five residences are threatened. Cal Fire had reported earlier Monday that two outbuildings had been destroyed.
There were 732 fire personnel on scene Monday, as well as 65 engines, 21 fire crews, three airtankers, three helicopters, 14 bulldozers and nine water tenders.
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