Mendocino Complex Fire Information

The River and Ranch fires have been combined by Cal Fire into a grouping known as the Mendocino Complex. The River Fire, which started near Hopland, and the Ranch Fire, which started near Potter Valley, have now caused evacuations in Lake, Colusa, and Glenn Counties. Meanwhile, large fires near Redding and near Yosemite have caused much damage, with smoke spreading all over Northern California.

Moving Forward

Local Assistance Center

There will be a Local Assistance Center for people affected by the fires. It will be at the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center, 3985 Country Club Drive, Lucerne. Hours will be from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Friday August 10th through Friday August 17th.  Lake Transit is providing free service on Route 1, directly to the Center.

Many organizations will be there to provide for your needs, including:

  • American Red Cross
  • North Coast Opportunities
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • United Methodist Church
  • Veteran’s Services
  • Lake County Environmental Health
  • Lake County Behavioral Health
  • Lake County Social Services
  • Lake County Public Services
  • Social Security Administration
  • Habitat for Humanity

Evacuations & Road Closures

Mandatory Evacuations

As of 8/10/2018 the entire area of the county inside the  Mendocino National Forest boundary is under mandatory evacuation. This includes Lake Pilsbury.

Evacuation Advisories

As of 8/10/2018 6 pm  : all  evacuations ouside of the Mendocino National Forest have been lifted.

If you are in one of these areas, you should pack up and be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. Or better yet, due to limited gasoline supplies and heavy traffic, you should consider leaving before the evacuation becomes mandatory:

  • Bartlett Springs Road

Maps of evacuations may be available from , however they are not immediately updated. You should rely on the current Nixle notifications for authoritative information, and use the maps for clarification.

Evacuee Shelters

As of 8/10/2018 the following shelter is open:

  • Twin Pines Casino, Middletown (There is reportedly a separate area for pets).

Shelter locations have included:

  • Mountain Vista Middle School, K-Ville
  • Kelseyville High School
  • Kelseyville Elementary School
  • Lower Lake High School
  • Twin Pines Casino, Middletown
  • The Moose Lodge, Clearlake Oaks (unofficial shelter)
  • Konocti Vista Casino
  • Colusa County Veterans Hall
  • City of Clearlake parks were available for camping.

The status of these facilities changes frequently, and they may not be currently accepting new clients. Please verify that they are open before travelling out of your way. Do not expect shelters in evacuated areas to be open. The Senior Center in Clearlake has been available as a staging area until other shelters open up.


Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Emergency Room are now open. Sutter Lakeside Clinic and physicians' offices open for normal business on Monday, 08/13/18.

Evacuation Assistance

You can help alleviate your stress and general traffic congestion by evacuating by bus. Call Lake Transit at 263-3334 or 994-3334.

If you are unable to evacuate yourself, you can call the Sheriff and state that you "need assistance evacuating". Routine calls such as this should be made directly to the Sheriff's dispatch at 263-2690, instead of the 911 center. They are very busy, and you should not bother 911 with nonemergent issues.

Animal Shelters

Large livestock can be taken to Cole Creek Equestrian Center, 4985 Steelhead Drive, Kelseyville, telephone 707-279-0915; or to Helen Owens’ A1 Horse Programs, 18585 Guenoc Lane, Hidden Valley Lake, telephone 707-355-0121.

Lake Evacuation and Animal Protection has been activated and is evacuating animals. Call Lake County Animal Care and Control from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 707-263-0278.

Lake County Animal Care and Control reported on Monday morning that the SPCA facility at 8025 Highway 29, just south of Kits Corner, has opened and will accommodate special needs animals, including seniors, those with medicals issues and heat-related stress. Space is limited, and only animals from the mandatory evacuation areas will be accepted.

Road Closures

As of 8/10/2018 5:42 pm the following are closed : Elk Mountain Rd  and Bartlett Springs Rd at the Mendocino Forest boundary.

In general :

  • All roads in areas under mandatory evacuation
  • All roads which feed into listed roads

Note that these closures and evacuations apply only to Lake County. There are other evacuations and closures for Mendocino and Colusa Counties, so visit their sites at & .

Further information

Note that the air in the County is unhealthy, even hazardous. Please stay indoors, avoid physical exertion, and wear a particulate mask to protect your lungs.

There will be a community meeting on Friday, August 3, at 6:00 PM at the Clearlake Senior Community Center.

Government Agencies & Affiliates

News Organizations

Crowdsourced News


Some of these pages may require logging in and joining a group to view.

Note that many sites are unofficial, and even official sources sometimes pass on incorrect information during the chaos of an emergency, while other information may be outdated. You should verify any information you receive to the best of your ability before acting on it.

If you know of any sources which you believe belong here, or have any comments regarding any of these information sources, please visit , and choose "I want to discuss the station Website (Webmaster)".

General Announcements

If you don't have your paper prescriptions, pharmacists are empowered to give reasonable quantities of refils on a good faith basis during emergencies. The empty bottle or your doctor's name will help establish trust.

If you are evacuated, your mail will be available at the Clearlake post office. Once your mandatory evacuation has been lifted, your mail will be transferred to your normal post office. Expect a delay of a couple of days before it arrives.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors wants to hear your concerns during this difficult time. Here's how to find them:

  • District 1 (Middletown) supervisor Moke Simon: (707) 533-9615
  • District 2 (Clearlake) supervisor Jeff Smith: (707) 272-3829
  • District 3 (North shore) supervistor Jim Steele: (707) 295-6198
  • District 4 (Lakeport) supervisor Tina Scott: (707) 849-4414
  • District 5 (K-ville) supervisor Rob Brown: (707) 349-2628

Many of you are feeling stress at this time to a degree that you have not experienced before. Lake County Behavioral Health maintains a 24 hour hotline for those who need someone to talk to, or who would like to be directed to more comprehensive services, at (800) 900-2075. There is also a National Disaster Distress Hotline at (800) 985 5990.

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