BREAKING: A Firefighter Dies On The Mendocino Complex
UPDATE: MONDAY, AUG. 13, 8:30 p.m. -- Just as the River fire is completely contained and the spread of the Ranch fire is slowing, CalFire announced the first fatality of California's largest-ever fire.
CalFire is not yet releasing any information about the victim or the circumstances surrounding the death, other than to say it was a firefighter and that notification of next of kin is underway.
We will update as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: MONDAY, AUG. 13, 11:00 a.m. -- The Ranch fire -- the larger and more active of the two fires in this complex -- contines to spread, mostly to the northeast. Containment slipped slightly since Sunday morning, falling from 61 to 59 percent.
But the River fire hasn't increased in size for several days and is now 93 percent contained. Containment on the complex overall is up to 68 percent.
With minimal humidity recovery during nighttime operations the Ranch Fire was very active in the northwest corner and continued to burn towards Lake Pillsbury. As the fire moves in this direction, fire crews in and around the surrounding areas of Lake Pillsbury are preparing and defending structures.
Fire crews are still working on bringing the Ranch Fire below and west of Lodoga Stonyford Road and back into the Mendocino National Forest. Dozer lines along with contingency dozer lines will continue to be put in and improved.
The southern area of the Ranch Fire continues suppression repair and be patrolled.
The River Fire had no movement. Suppression repair along with patrol will continue on the River Fire
UPDATE: FRIDAY, AUG.10, 10:30 a.m. --- California's largest-ever wildfire is is slowing down, as fire crews have wrestled one part to a standstill and are steadily gaining on the other.
The River fire -- the smaller of the two fires that comprise the Mendocino Complex has been held at 48,920 acres, and is now 90 percent contained.
The larger Ranch Fire is slowing, as well, gaining less than 3,000 acrea in the past day. It's currently at 258,527 acres and is 53 percent contained.
Overall containment on the complex is at 60 percent.
The Ranch Fire had moderate fire behavior last night on the northwest side. Today fire crews will continue bringing the fire line into the Mendocino National Forest, working to suppress the fire underneath Lake Pillsbury. Contingency lines will be built ahead of the fire.
The northeast side of the fire will be scouted for opportunities to bring containment lines across the Snow Mountain Wilderness. A full air attack strategy will be utilized when visibility from smoky conditions permit.
The River Fire continues to have suppression repair work performed and patrolled by fire crews.