One dead in 19,000 acre Redwood Complex Fire

MENDOCINO – A State of Emergency is declared in Mendocino County, as 19,000 acres have been scorched so far in the Redwood Complex Fire.

At least one life has been claimed as a result of the fire.

Multiple structures have been destroyed and more are at risk.

The fire started in the Redwood Valley area and traveled quickly causing evacuations.

Shelters are open at the Ukiah High School, Willits High School and the Coyote Valley Casino event center.

Large animals can take shelter at the Ukiah Fair Grounds and small animals can go to the Ukiah Animal Shelter.

Highway 101 is closed between Willits and Ukiah until further notice.

The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office is making real time updates on their Facebook and Twitter pages:

https://twitter.com/MendoSheriff

https://www.facebook.com/MendocinoSheriff

One person has already been arrested for attempting to burglarize an evacuated home.

For more evacuations notices or to locate family at a shelter, you can contact the county’s Emergency Operation Center: (707) 467-6428

For up to date road conditions, call 1-800-GAS-ROAD or visit Caltrans District 1 online: https://www.facebook.com/CaltransD1/