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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.

There will be a Lake County community meeting in Kelseyville tonight, July 29 at 5pm, at Kelseyville High School. Local and state officials including Sheriff Brian Martin and Senator Mike McGuire will be available to answer questions regarding the Mendocino Complex Fire.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is threatening public safety communications systems and causing a condition of extreme peril to life and property in the county, according to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  The Center is now active and can be reached at 707-467-6428.

Calfire is now calling the two fires – The River Fire north of Hopland and the Ranch fire NE of Ukiah- The Mendocino Complex. The Ranch fire is heading east towards Lake County. 

 

New information on the River/Ranch Fires from Mendocino County Sheriff's office Emergency Services Coordinator, Richard Ehlert: 

On July 27, 2018 around 1:30 pm, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office was contacted to assist fire suppression teams in the area of Highway 20 near the 7000 block. This fire is currently referred to as “The Ranch Fire” (#RanchFire).

At about 1:48pm, Sheriff’s units were also contacted to assist with the report of a fire in the 6800 block of Old River Road near Hopland Ca.  This fire is currently referred to as the “River Fire” (#RiverFire).

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