Saturday, 13 April 2024

Soda Complex at 97-percent containment

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST – The last fire on the Soda Complex was nearing full containment on Saturday, as firefighters continued strengthening firelines in the remote wildland area where the fire is located.


The Soda Complex was listed as 97-percent contained Saturday, with burned acres remaining at 8,652, according to the US Forest Service.


The four-fire complex, located 15 miles northwest of Upper Lake on the Mendocino National Forest's Upper Lake Ranger District, had 655 personnel assigned to it on Saturday, the Forest Service reported.


Officials said the last remaining fire in the complex – the Mill, which is 95-percent contained at 3,043 acres – was primarily burning in 6-foot chaparral, oak woodlands, grass, timber and mixed conifer.


Fire crews continued on Saturday to conduct mop up operations and fire suppression work. The Forest Service reported that the firefighters' work time was prolonged due to the steep terrain and the area's difficulty to access.


The Yolla Bolly Complex has burned 64,658 acres and is 15-percent contained, according to forest officials. One of that complex's fires, the Vinegar, is at 35,238 burned acres with 10 percent containment. More than one-third of that fire's acreage is located on the Mendocino National Forest.


The fires have had a heavy impact on Lake County's air, but blue skies were visible again Saturday.


County Air Pollution Control Officer Bob Reynolds reported that good to moderate air quality is expected to continue through Sunday as long as winds continue to keep smoke from the Yolla Bolly and Lime complexes away from the air basin.


Reynolds said the smoke from Northern California wildfires is presently dispersing to a higher height and diluting more as it's transported than it did late last week.


For more information about the forest fires visit Forest Service Web site at www.fs.fed.us/r5/mendocino or www.inciweb.org. For information about other fires around the state, visit www.cdf.ca.gov.


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