UPDATE 7:05 p.m. — Containment has grown to 45 percent, and the fire has not grown in size, according to Cal Fire’s evening update at 7 p.m. No further information was provided on the agency’s current incidents page, but we will include further details as they become available.
MENDOCINO Co., 7/29/19 — The Usal Fire, which was first reported Saturday night, has not grown overnight and remains at 130 acres in size, according to an update this morning from Cal Fire, and containment reached 40 percent, up from 30 percent yesterday afternoon. Cal Fire doesn’t not expect the fire to grow in size, and is conducting mop up procedures within the perimeter. However, due to the extremely rugged nature of the land, those opperations may take some time.
A total of 200 personnel are working on the fire, including six crews, one helicopter, ten engines, four dozers, and more, according to Cal Fire on Twitter. All people who were sheltering in place at the Usal campground were able to leave that area yesterday. You can read our report from yesterday here.
Hi. I have a thought, although it might not be feasible for you to do. I go into your site several times a day to see if there is anything new, especially now during fire season. But sometimes the story doesn’t change for days and it means a lot of clicking for nothing. It would be nice if you could send out a brief email/text message to subscribers that simply says: ‘new content now available’ or some such so we know to look in. It would save us time and perhaps help build your circulation.
I appreciate your efforts and I do understand your limitations. This is just a thought. No response needed .
North of Willits
Hi Ron – Thanks for your suggestion. We are working on setting up “push notifications,” which would send an alert to your phone when we publish something new. For now, we have a twice-weekly email newsletter you can sign up for if you want to make sure you don’t miss anything, and if you use an RSS reader you can follow us that way. The complete list is also under the “latest news” tab under “News” in the menu bar. We change the headline to say updated with the time when we update articles, particularly during emergencies, so you can easily see if something has been updated. We also put things out on social media if you use that at all. We’re working on better ways to let people know when we have new articles or updates, and we’ll let you know as soon as we have those notifications in place. Thanks!