Lake County

Mendocino Complex Wildfires Impacting Air Quality

Jul 30, 2018
Air Now

Smoke and haze are impacting air quality and reducing visibility in Mendocino and Lake Counties. The dry, hot climate is making the situation much more precarious, and air quality has greatly deteriorated due to the presence of the smoke from the Mendocino Complex wildfires. 


Currently, air monitors show particulate matter concentrations in the "Moderate" range for most of Mendocino County and "Very Unhealthy" to "Hazardous" for Lake County. This may continue until the fires are out and cooler weather returns.


Lake County OES

Lake County Office of Emergency Services (OES) announced an advisory evacuation notice at approximately 4:00pm Monday, July 30. It includes the Soda Bay, Riviera Heights, Buckingham Park, Riviera West, Clear Lake Riviera and portions of Loch Lomond and Cobb. And, all residents living north of Lake-Sonoma County Line; east of Bottle Rock Road; south of Clear Lake; and west of Soda Bay Road, Red Hills Road, and Highway CA-175; including the subdivisions of Soda Bay, Riviera Heights, Buckingham Park, Riviera West, and Clear Lake Riviera west of Soda Bay Rd.

An evacuation advisory has been issued for the Mendocino National Forest within the boundaries of Lake County, the Lake Pillsbury Basin and surrounding area, north of Bartlett Springs Road, east of the Ranch Fire, south of the Lake/Mendocino-Glenn County Line, and west of Lake-Colusa County Line.

Also, for the Lucerne and Paradise Valley areas, north of Clear Lake, east of the Ranch fire, south of Bartlett Springs Road, and west of Paradise Valley Drive. For more information call the Calfire Mendocino Complex public information line at: 707-574-8261. 

Lake County Sheriff's Office

The Lake County Sheriff's Office has issued a mandatory evacuation notice for the communities of Kelseyville and Finley. The mandatory evacuation area is north of the Lake-Sonoma-Mendocino County Line, east of Highland Springs Road, south of the Lake and west of Bottle Rock Road and Clear Lake State Park. According to the Sheriff's Office, the areas of Soda Bay, Riviera Heights, Buckingham, Riviera West and the Clearlake Riviera are currently not part of the mandatory evacuation order.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office has issued mandatory evacuations for both Nice and Upper Lake. Residents are advised to leave immediately.  In Upper Lake, the Sheriff's office said to leave via Highway 20. Shelters are located at Lower Lake High School and Twin Pines Casino in Middletown.

Calfire reports tonight the Mendocino Complex fire is 30,500 acres as of 7:00pm. The Ranch fire is 16,300 acres and 5% contained.  The River fire is 14,200 acres, and also 5% contained. Six residences have been destroyed and more than 10,000 are still threatened.