Archery season for deer hunting opens tomorrow, Saturday, July 14. A closure order remains in effect for the fire area. Hunters who traditionally visit the recreation area outside Stonyford, on the south central portion of the Grindstone Ranger District, will be affected by this closure. The Snow Mountain Wilderness Area is still open and accessible from northern trailheads, including West Crockett. In addition to hunting, the Grindstone Ranger District provides unique recreation opportunities including a popular off-highway vehicle trail system. The fire has impacted 90 miles or two-thirds of this system.
Time/Date Started: July 7, 2012
Location: Mendocino National Forest, north and east of Letts Lake
Cause: Under investigation
Fuels: Timber, brush
Size: 23,414 acres
Structures Destroyed: 5 outbuildings
Estimated Containment Date: 07/20/2012
Resources Committed: 29 Type 1 crews, 13 Type 2 crews, 8 helicopters, 100 engines, 19 dozers, 12 water tenders. Total personnel = 1,624
Predicted Weather: A decrease in stability and increased ridge top winds will accompany a low-pressure trough approaching the Pacific Northwest. Slight cooling and increased humidity will accompany the trough. Overall weather changes are not expected to be dramatic.
- A closure order remains 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 on the internet at: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mendocino/alerts-notices
- The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that East Park Reservoir in Colusa County, about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento, Calif., has been closed to recreational activities due to safety concerns which include air quality and emergency vehicles operating in the area.
- Fire restrictions will go into effect within the Mendocino National Forest starting today, Friday, July 13. More information about the restrictions is available at Forest Service offices and on the internet at: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mendocino/alerts-notices
- Evacuations are in effect for the areas of Fouts Springs, Bonnie View, and Board Camp Springs and campgrounds within the Upper Letts Lake area.
- Portions of the community of Stonyford are under voluntary evacuation.
- The Fouts Spring Road (The M10 Road) is closed at Stonyford.
- The Goat Mountain Road is closed at the Stonyford Lodoga Road.
- The Lake View Loop Road to the Goat Mountain Road is under voluntary evacuation.
An Advisory has been issued to residents west of the Stonyford Lodoga Road between Stonyford and Goat Mountain Road to be prepared for a possible evacuation