Red Cross Evacuation Center for Mad River/Ruth at: Van Duzen Community Center, Van Duzen Road, Mad River:    
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Mandatory Evacuations for residences in the area of Mad River Rd from Highway 36 to Three Forks Road area and the back side of the lake on Ruth/Zenia Road to the Ruth Dam:     - Click for more Info
State Route 36 is closed at the Trinity County line due to the wildfires. It's unknown when the roadway will re-open:    
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CHP: Fatal crash near Covelo

From the California Highway Patrol:
 
On 3/5/2014 at approximately 10:59 p.m. CHP Dispatch received a call of a Silver Toyota Pickup over the side on SR-162, in Mendocino County.  The collision was reported near mile post marker 18 on 162, east of Poonkinney Road.  The involved pickup was an 05 Toyota Tundra, being driven by an 89 year old male, out of Covelo, CA  (Name withheld pending notification of next of kin).  For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle left SR-162 and traveled approximately 300 feet down the steep embankment, located to the south of the roadway.  The vehicle was located by rescue personnel unstably perched on the hillside.  A high angle rescue team had to be called out from Little Lake to help secure the vehicle.  After the vehicle was secured the driver was finally able to be extracted shortly after midnight.  Due to injuries sustained in the collision, the driver, and only occupant of the vehicle succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Mendocino County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and took custody of the decedent. 
 
 
SR-162 was limited to one way traffic  for approximately 5 hours while the vehicle was recovered from the hillside. The Laytonville CHP Resident Post is investigating this collision.
 
Currently, it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.   
 
The CHP would like to remind motorists to allow extra time drive time and use caution when traveling during the wet weather conditions.