Mendocino 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.


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).

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office issued mandatory evacuation orders Friday night at 8:37pm for the River Fire in the Hopland area. Calfire reported the fire at 4,000 acres at 7:00pm with 0% containment. 

Calfire reported the Ranch Fire Friday night at 1,000 acres and 0% containment. Two firefighters were injured.

Fire erupted on Thursday afternoon east of Route 128 behind Elke Vineyards in Anderson Valley between Boonville and Philo, prompting a swift response from Anderson Valley firefighters and CalFire aircraft that largely suppressed the fire by early evening, authorities said.

The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m., and by 5 p.m. had burned 20-25 acres, CalFire said. By 7 p.m., CalFire firefighting helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft had been called off, and firefighters were seen mopping up after the blaze.

O. Hope McKenney

Protesters gathered in more than two dozen cities across the country last Friday to stand against the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant parents and children at the U.S. southern border, a big departure from past practice. The local inland Mendocino protest happened in front of the courthouse in downtown Ukiah at 5pm, the height of after-work traffic on State Street. Approximately 15 people were in attendance.