In response to the Grade Fire northwest of Redwood Valley, CALFIRE opened a Fire Camp at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds on Monday morning.
As of press time on Monday afternoon, CALFIRE crews were continuing to improve the Grade Fire’s control lines and were working on containing hot spots. The fire was listed at 900 acres and 25 percent contained, with the Baker Creek Subdivision recently lifted from evacuation. “The evacuation order was lifted earlier in the day. People are able to repopulate the area,” noted Rich Dennett, Incident Commander for the Grade Fire. No further evacuations were anticipated at press time, but like all fire situations, conditions can change rapidly. For residents needing evacuation information, phone (707) 462-4086.
According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Highway 101 was open with no traffic controls in place. “Resources are still working off the highway, but 101 is currently clear and open for motorists,” said Dennett. The Sheriff’s office also confirmed that progress on the fire was made Sunday night which resulted in improved conditions, and as of press time there are no reports of structures damaged.
At the Fairgrounds Monday, firefighters from around the state, California Conservation Corps members and inmates from the Parlin Fork and Chamberlain Creek Conservation Camp were beginning to set up camp, as well as crews from all over the northern portion of California. Within a few hours, tents, porta-potties, water tankers, a kitchen and mess hall turned the Fairgrounds into a temporary city. Trucks filled with pallets of bottled beverages, ice and other supplies…
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