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O. Hope McKenney

On Monday night, CalFire representatives and local officials, announced a firefighter from Utah has died while fighting in an active fire zone on the Ranch Fire. Utah officials have identified the firefighter as Matthew Burchett, a battalion chief from Draper – near Salt Lake City. 


University of California Hopland Research and Extension Center

About two-thirds of the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center was burned as the River Fire moved onto the 5,358 acre ranch. All homes and structures were saved along with the ranch animals thanks to the efforts of staff, neighbors, CAL FIRE and the Hopland Fire Protection District.

Goats, Horses And Reptiles Welcome

Aug 4, 2018

August 4, 2018 -- The Redwood Riders Arena in Redwood Valley is the evacuation center for large animals in areas under mandatory or advisory avacuation as a result of the most recent fires. On Thursday morning, I swung by to interview some goats, get my microphone chewed on by a horse, and learn about friendship between displaced goats and one giant reptile.

The River Fire had limited movement overnight, a burnout operation conducted on the Northern portion of the fire in the late afternoon improved containment. Today we will look at burning out and tying in containment lines. The Ranch Fire continues to grow in the north and south eastern directions, threatening communities in the fires path. The terrain on the Northern quarter of the Ranch Fire make it challenging to access the fire front directly. Many crews will be on the ground in the communities threatened by the fire, providing structure protection.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office

A third wildland fire was reported east of Covelo in northeastern Mendocino County on Tuesday evening, prompting an immediate mandatory evacuation. CAL FIRE dubbed the the new blaze the Eel Fire.