Caltrans supervisor guides mother, three children away from Mendocino Complex Fire

HIGHWAY 20, Calif. (KIEM) – A Caltrans Supervisor is being credited for the rescue of a mother and three children from the Mendocino Complex Fire.

The mother took to Facebook with this message of appreciation:

“Today we had a very close call while driving across hwy 20… The fire jumped over hwy 20 and was burning on both sides of us… Suddenly the flames were all around the car, the smoke was so thick I couldn’t see… Suddenly, a knock on my window, a Caltrans guy… I’m so thankful for him, and I wish I knew his name. He saved this mama and three kids today!”

Well now, we do know who that hero is – Mike Quinliven of Willits, a Caltrans Supervisor for the Special Tree Crew South.

Caltrans says that even though Quinliven could barely  see the road, he drove in front of the family to guild them out of the fire.

Here are some more current details on the Mendocino Complex Fire as of Monday night:

Ranch Fire Size: 45,076 acres

Ranch Fire Containment: 5%”

River Fire Size: 23,411 acres

River Fire Containment: 5%

Combined Structures Destroyed: 10

Combined Structures Threatened: 10,200

Cal Fire says full containment is expected by next Monday.