UPDATE 8/14/19 — Here is our latest from day 3 of the fire:
MENDOCINO Co., 8/13/19 — The Moose Fire, which grew rapidly after starting late Monday afternoon, has not grown in size from 225 acres since this morning, while containment around the fire has increased from 25% to 35% as of this evening. No structures are currently threatened and none have been damaged, and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office also lifted all evacuation orders and warnings for the area near the fire this afternoon, meaning that all residents are safe to return to their homes.
Cal Fire, along with a number of local fire departments, lists a total of 461 personnel fighting the fire today, including 23 hand crews, two dozers, nine water tenders, and 22 engines. The air response today included two helicopters. Cal Fire’s evening update notes that there has been one minor injury to a firefighter working on the incident, but does not provide more information regarding that injury.
Smoke from the fire has died down significantly, no longer being visible from U.S. Route 101 or Ukiah, but the evening report notes, as the previous ones did, that the rough terrain in which the fire is located, and the increasing temperatures, have presented challenges to containing the blaze more quickly. Tomorrow is currently predicted to be hotter than today. You can see some photos shared today by Cal Fire here:
This morning, Cal Fire Mendocino Unit’s Public Information Officer Tricia Austin provided The Mendocino Voice with more details about the current firefighting efforts, and also provided some general information about preparing for evacuations during wildfire season. You can watch that here:
More information from this morning’s update can be found here; our original report from Monday evening, when the fire started, can be read here. The full evening incident report from Cal Fire can be read below.MOOSE-UPDATE-8-13-19-PM.png