KELSEYVILLE, California – Thousands of people remain evacuated as firefighters continue to battle over 19 wildfires burning across California.
There were over 110,168 acres burnt and 39% contained in Mendocino County the Ranch and River Fires. The Mendocino Complex Fires, that’s how you can call them all together. The largest of them, the River Fire contained 50% while the River Fire is 50% contained at this moment. The number of threatened structures reaches more than 12,000.
Officials upgraded an evacuation advisory to mandatory in Western Lake County on Thursday morning. The mandatory evacuations are:
- The west of Lucern at Bartlett Springs Road
- Highway 20, south of the fire and east of the fire
- North of the Clear Lake including the communities of Blue Lakes, Upper Lakes, Witter Springs, Bachelor Valley, Saratoga Springs.
Hundreds of evacuees gathered in Kelseyville Wednesday for a community meeting, hoping to find out when they will be able to return home.
There are 14 homes that have burned so far. Cal Fire hopes to have full containment by next Tuesday.
In Shasta and Trinity counties, the Carr Fire continues to burn out of control. Cal Fire’s latest update shows the fire has scorched more than 125,000 acres and is just 35% contained.
The fire in the area of Yosemite National Park has grown to 68,610 acres and containment stands at 39 percent.
The Western Fire broke out yesterday afternoon off Highway 101 south of Hopland. The fire has burned 45 acres and is 50% contained. The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office is warning nearby residents to be ready to evacuate if they feel unsafe.
The Steele Fire near Lake Berryessa is now 100% contained. It burned 135 acres and destroyed eight structures.