Editor’s Note: The Pioneer Review will continue to update this story as more information is made available.

Colusa County Information

(10:15 AM – Sat., Aug. 5)

With a total 254,982 acres burnt, Cal Fire released its incident update for the Mendocino Complex Fire on Aug. 5, at 7 AM. The Ranch Fire is 207,319 acres in size and is at 23% containment. The River Fire is at 47,663 acres and is at 58% containment. Total acreage is 229,006 acres, with no civilian or firefighter injuries or deaths to date. Over 15,000 structures threatened, with 68 residences and 62 other structures destroyed. About 12 structures and 14 other have been damaged. According to the Cal Fire report, a full containment is expected on Aug. 15. (Read Report)

According to the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, as of Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 9:45 AM, evacuations in Stonyford remain in effect utill further notice. The VFW Hall in Colusa remains open under the American Red Cross. The Hall is at 108 E. Main Street in Colusa.

(8:40 PM – Sat., Aug. 4)

Cal Fire released its incident update for the Mendocino Complex Fire on Aug. 4, at 7 PM. The Ranch Fire is 181,343 acres in size and is at 22% containment. The River Fire is at 47,663 acres and is at 50% containment. Total acreage is 229,006 acres, with no civilian or firefighter injuries or deaths to date. Over 15,000 structures threatened, with 55 residences and 49 other structures destroyed. About 10 structures and 11 other have been damaged. According to the Cal Fire report, a full containment is expected on Aug. 15.

(8:00 PM – Sat., Aug. 4)

For persons who have evacuated to Colusa and have animals: Small pets, such as cats and dogs, can be housed at Colusa County Animal Control, located behind the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office at 929 Bridge St, Colusa. Capacity is limited. Animal Control is only open during business hours; evacuees wishing to drop off their pets after hours must go through dispatch. Large animals can be housed at the Colusa County Fairgrounds.

(5:35 PM – Sat., Aug. 4)

Cal Fire has initiated mandatory evacuations for Century Ranch and Stonyford, the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Saturday evening.

Full mandatory evacuations are in effect from the town limits of Stonyford, west to the Colusa-Lake county line and north to the Colusa-Glenn county line, in the Century Ranch subdivision, east and west of East Park Reservoir, Lodoga from Squaw Creek Inn south, and all areas west of Bear Valley Road to Highway 20.

Colusa County Sheriff’s personnel have been in the area notifying residents of the evacuation order, according to scanner traffic. Residents with disabilities who need assistance evacuating should call 911.

Evacuees that require shelter can go to the American Red Cross shelter at the VFW Hall in Colusa, located at 11 East Main St. A Colusa County OES official said that affected area residents are being directed to evacuate to the north, through Glenn County.

(11:55 AM – Sat., Aug. 4) Edited at 6:38 PM

Sheriff Garofalo announces evacuation center in Colusa; open to those displaced from their homes by the fires.

A shelter has been set up at the Colusa County Veterans Hall for Colusa County residents who were forced to evacuate due to the Ranch Fire, Sheriff Joe Garofalo said on Saturday morning. The Veterans Hall is located at 108 E. Main St. in Colusa.

“At this time right now, it’s for Colusa County evacuees only because of limited space,” Garofalo said. “…Health and Human Services is in the process right now of getting that open.”

The Sheriff’s Office has yet to request that the American Red Cross run the emergency shelter. Garofalo said that officials would wait to see how many people show up before doing so.

“We’ll see how many people show up,” Garofalo said. “We just want to make that available.”

Garofalo said that there were no changes to the evacuation maps, and were no additional evacuations for Colusa County as of Saturday morning.

(2:21 AM – Sat., Aug. 4)

Despite the order, no evacuation center established in Colusa County

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in portions of western Colusa County as the Ranch Fire – one of two fires that comprise the Mendocino Complex – continues to push into the county.

According to a statement from the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, mandatory evacuations are in place from Highway 20 north to Lodoga-Stonyford Road; Bear Valley Road and Leesville-Lodoga Road west to the Colusa/Lake County line; Lodoga-Stonyford Road south to Highway 20; and Goat Mountain Road west to the Colusa/Lake County line.  Roads closures include Bear Valley Road north at Highway 20, Leesville-Lodoga Road south at Lodoga-Stonyford Road, and Goat Mountain road.  No maps were provided in the Sheriff’s Office’s statement. Cal Fire had yet to issue an update to reflect the mandatory evacuation in Colusa County as of 1:30 AM on Saturday morning.

While mandatory evacuations orders are in place for those locations, Colusa County still does not have an evacuation center established for evacuated county residents. Colusa County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Contreras said at around 12 AM  that the Sheriff’s Office is not currently advising residents on where they should evacuate to. He estimated that there were only about a dozen residents who were affected by the recent mandatory evacuation order. He also said that he didn’t anticipate that a shelter would be established in the county unless and until a mandatory evacuation was ordered for the Century Ranch community. Contreras added that the Colusa County Health and Human Services Department was the primary agency responsible for care and shelter in emergency situations. It is designated as such in the county’s Emergency Operational Plan (EOP). Bonnie Davies, a representative of the Health and Human Services Department, said on Friday afternoon that her department would not open a shelter without direction to do so from the Colusa County Office of Emergency Services (OES), which is run through the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office.

An advisory evacuation notice was previously issued for Colusa County on Thursday evening. The evacuation warning issued at that time included residents east of the Lake/Colusa County Line (Bartlett Springs Road/Brim Road) to Leesville-Lodoga Road, north to Lodoga, west to the National Forest boundary, north along the National Forest boundary to the Colusa/Glenn County Line, and west to the Colusa/Lake County Line.

Fire Incident Information

Fire Incident Maps

Current Colusa County Evacuations

(10:15 PM – Sun., Aug. 5) According to the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, as of Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 9:45 AM, evacuations in Stonyford remain in effect utill further notice. The VFW Hall in Colusa remains open under the American Red Cross. The Hall is at 108 E. Main Street in Colusa.

(7:00 PM – Sat., Aug. 4) CalFire issues evacuation advisory for Glenn County. The following areas have been issued an Evacuation Advisory: North of the Glenn County/Colusa County Line, west of County Road 306, south of County Road 308, east of the Mendocino National Forest Boundary. (Read Notice)

(5:35 PM – Sat., Aug. 4) Mandatory Evacuations Per Cal Fire: Century Ranch and Stonyford. Full mandatory evacuations are in effect from the town limits of Stonyford, West to the Colusa-Lake County line and North to Colusa-Glenn County line, Century Ranch sub-division, East and West side of East Park Reservior, Lodoga from Squaw Creek Inn South and all areas West of Bear Valley Road to Hwy 20. (Read Notice)

All Colusa County residents that require shelter can go to the VFW Hall at 110 East Main in Colusa.

(8 AM – Sat., Aug. 4) The following mandatory evacuations are in remain effect for Colusa County:

  • Hwy 20 north to Lodoga Stonyford Road
  • Bear Valley Road and Leesville Lodoga Road west to the Colusa – Lake County line
  • Lodoga Stonyford Road south to Hwy 20
  • Goat Mountain Road West to the Colusa-Lake County line

Colusa County Evacuation Centers & Relief Area

(Updated: Sat. Aug. 4 at 8:00 PM) Maxwell High School welcoming evacuees, animals – Evacuees who are looking for a place to park a trailer, RV, or stay overnight in a tent, the Maxwell Little League parking lot and fields – located next to Maxwell High School – are open. The snack bar is also open. While it is not an official county shelter, the town is in the process of pooling resources independently. Organizers said that they will prepare dinner for evacuees tonight. Maxwell High School Superintendent Zach Thurman said that while the district is willing to allow people to stay in the high school’s gym, no cots are available on site. The Maxwell FFA barn and rodeo arena are also being made available for livestock; Portable horse panels are needed.

(Updated: Sat. Aug. 4 at 6:40 PM). Official Red Cross Evacuation Center in Colusa – An evacuation center is open for those displaced from their homes by the fires, at the Colusa County Veterans Hall, 108 E. Main Street in Colusa. If any additional information is needed contact Colusa County Sheriff’s Department (530) 458-0200.

Road Closures

  • Bear Valley Road closed north at Hwy 20
  • Leesville Lodoga Road closed south at Lodoga Stonyford Road
  • Goat Mountain Road

How to Help

  • Feeding Evacuees Dinners: The Williams Community Church (315 9th Street, Williams) is hosting a series of meals throughout the week to feed the evacuees in our County. Current dates are Sunday, Aug. 5 at 6 PM, and Wednesday, Aug. 7 and 6 PM. If you would like to help volunteer with meal prep, supply, or distribution, call (530) 473-5913 or (530) 419-9584.
  • Looking to help Evacuees: The Williams Community Church (515 9th Street, Williams) in cooperation with Colusa County Churches are collecting supplies and donations to help with hotels and meals. To help call (530) 473-5913 or (530) 419-9584.
  • Maxwell FFA collecting donations: Maxwell FFA is collecting donations for fire evacuees. Items needed include bottled water, non-perishable food goods (peanut butter and jelly, granola bars, breakfast bars, cracker packs, etc.) games, puzzles, cards, deodorant, shampoo, laundry detergent, toothbrushes and toothpaste, diapers of all sizes, and wipes.

 

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net