250 acres burn in Mendocino National Forest due to thunderstorms


WILLOWS, Calif. - Fire crews continue to work on many lightning-caused fires across the forests after thunderstorms on Sept.12, including the Skeleton and Slides Fires.

Officials said the Slides Fire is about four miles west of Lake Pillsbury and is estimated to be about 40 acres. It is about 20 percent contained. There are roughly 65 fire personnel at the incident along with two dozers, 11 engines, and one water tender.

On Wednesday, Sept.13, officials said the Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) DC-10 was used to drop several loads of retardant on the fire. Officials said the steep terrain is hampering suppression efforts.

The Skeleton Fire is about five miles east of Lake Pillsbury, next to the Snow Mountain Wilderness. Officials estimate the fire to be at 200 acres and it is 40 percent contained. Crews are reporting creeping and smoldering fire activity. According to officials, about 120 resources are on scene including three crews, eight engines and four water tenders.

Officials also said three additional fires were located in the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness that were also caused by lightning. Those fires are called Penny, Pan and Harvey, according to the Mendocino National Forest Service. Smoke jumpers have been assigned to the Penny Fire.

The fire information line is (530) 640-1168.

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