Fires in the Mendocino National Forest forcing closures


WILLOWS, Calif. - Officials said around 200 personnel are working and supporting wildland fire operations in the Mendocino National Forest to fight two large fires and two smaller ones.

The largest incidents are the Skeleton Fire and the Slides Fire which are located on the Upper Lake Ranger District.

The Slides Fire, four miles west of Lake Pillsbury, is about 50 acres and 40 percent contained. Officials said about 110 personnel are assigned including four crews, three engines, and one water tender. The incident is being managed under a full suppression strategy to prevent the fire from spreading to private property and structures. Officials said steep terrain and burning material rolling downhill is hampering efforts.

The Skeleton Fire, four miles east of Lake Pillsbury, is about 200 acres and 50 percent contained. Crews are reinforcing fire lines and mopping up hotspots. Officials said about 70 resources are on scene and the fire is being managed under a full suppression strategy.

Officials said the two fires in the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness are Penny and Pan. A report of an additional fire has not been confirmed. The Penny Fire has been contained at less than an acre and the Pan Fire is less than one-half acre with minimal activity.

There is a closure order in effect for the Skeleton fire to provide for firefighter and public safety. Officials said M3 Road from its junction with the M10 Road and north 14 and a half mile to the Lower Nye Campground. The closure includes the campground which is being used by firefighters and equipment. Visitors are advised to use Elk Mountain Road to Upper Lake to access the Lake Pillsbury recreation area during the fire activity due to emergency traffic on County Road 301.

The fire information is (530) 640-1168.

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