North Pass Fire Near Covelo Engulfs over 20,000 Acres—Still Growing

Kym Kemp / Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 @ 7:33 a.m. / News

Over a 1000 personnel struggle to contain the North Pass Fire east of Covelo.  The blaze, started by a lightning strike last Saturday has rampaged across the rugged terrain in eastern Mendocino County for nearly the last week.  Overnight the fire has now reached 20,775 acres.  It has now consumed two outbuildings as well as injured three people.

Calfire is saying the incident is now 18% contained but a further number of residences and structures are threatened. According to Calfire, 75 residences, 5 commercial properties and 80 outbuildings are in some danger.

A meeting for the community will be held Friday, August 24th, 2012 at the Round Valley High School at 8:00 p.m. 76270 High School St in Covelo.

See below the fold for mandatory evacuations and closures.

Mandatory Evacuations for:

Updated August 22, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

Indian Dick Road, east of the Town of Covelo, all residents on Indian Dick Road from the intersection of Mendocino Pass Road north, to the Trinity County Line and East to the Tehama County Line. This order includes all residences and USFS campsites at Howard Lake Campground, Little Doe Campground, and Hammerhorn Lake Campground and all USFS Wilderness Trailheads at Blands Cove, Hell Hole, Stick Lake, Foster Glade, Asa Bean, Rock Cabin, Georges Valley, Soldier Ridge, Smokehouse Ridge and Green Springs.

Blands Cove Road, east of the Town of Covelo, from the start of the Traveler’s Home Wilderness Trail Head, north to the Trinity County Line.

Mendocino Pass Road, (Forest Highway 7) north and south of the highway from the Eel river work center east to the Tehama/Glenn county line, including Bauer Ranch subdivision, all private residences and forest service campgrounds.

Anyone displaced by this evacuation order can contact the American Red Cross for housing assistance at (707) 463-0112 or (855) 891-7325. 

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