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Mendocino National Forest “Mill Fire” – (Update 4)


Published: July 10, 2012 • By: Submissions

(Updated 07/10/2012 @ 09:34 p.m. – Updated items are in bold)

As of July 7, 2012The Mill Fire in the Mendocino National Forest has grown to an approximate 13,000 acres  and is believed to be at 20% containment.

The fire is located near the Mill Valley Campground in Colusa County, approximately 10 miles from Stonyford.

 There are currently 917 resources assigned to the fire. Firefighters continue today to build and strengthen containment lines around the fire perimeter. Mop up and “cold-trailing” (physically checking the line for residual heat) is starting on the north end of the fire.

“We are pleased with the progress the team is making, but there is still a lot of active fire in the area. ” said NorCal Type 2 Incident Commander Joe Molhoek.

A closure order is in effect for the Mendocino National Forest for all roads and trails in the recreation area outside Stonyford on the south central portion of the Grindstone Ranger District. The closure order can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mendocino/alerts-notices. This area is very popular with forest visitors, including off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts and those looking forward to the upcoming archery season.

The Mendocino National Forest offers a wealth of natural and cultural resources in addition to its unique recreational opportunities. Firefighters are making efforts to protect these special attributes for residents and visitors by preventing damage to wet meadows, riparian areas, wildlife habitat and cultural and heritage sites.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

Mill Valley, Mill Creek and Letts Lake Campgrounds have been evacuated, as well as the Board Camp summer home tract.  Approximately 25 structures

Satellite Imagery of the Mill Fire and the Sites Complex Fires as of July 10, 2012.

are threatened, including the campgrounds.  Evacuees with recreational equipment remaining at the campgrounds should contact the Stonyford Work Center at 530-963-3128 to make arrangements to reclaim their gear.

The M10 Road between Letts Lake and Fouts Springs, leading to Stonyford, is currently inaccessible.  Visitors are being asked to avoid the Fouts Springs and Davis Flat area due to increased fire traffic.  This includes off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail systems in the area.

The fire began sometime after midnight July 7 in the area near Mill Valley, Mill Creek and Letts Lake campgrounds. On July 7, the fire grew to one acre by 3 p.m. and expanded to about 150 acres by 8 p.m. according to the U.S. Forest Service. Sunday the fire grew to 10,000 acres by 10 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316, the Stonyford Work Center at 530-963-3128, or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.