Northern California Fire Resources and Information - UPDATED 2018

NorCal Wildfire Information

UPDATED 8/1/2018 9:53 AM  - 2018 Fire Season

Below are some important websites you can use to find more information about the devastating fires in Assembly District 4 and throughout Northern California. Click on the links for updated information from these sources, and please continue to check back as we will be updating this page with new details and resources as they become available.

As always, please remember that you can contact the staff in my district office in Davis if there is anything else we can do to help: (530) 757-1034.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Be safe.

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry


River Fire and Ranch Fire (Mendocino Complex) Updates

Cal Fire Incident Information - River Fire:

  • County: Mendocino (pushing into Lake County) 
  • Location: Old River Rd, near Mile Marker Post 7.9, Hopland
  • Cal Fire Incident Information: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2178

Cal Fire Incident Information – Ranch Fire:

  • County: Mendocino (pushing into Lake County)
  • Location: off Highway 20 near Potter Valley, northeast of Ukiah
  • Cal Fire Incident Information: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2175  

Mendocino Complex Information Line: (707) 574-8261

All county offices in Lake County are closed.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office would like to ask that if you are seeking information related to the fires that you do not contact their Central Dispatch. They are very busy and inundated dealing with emergency calls. If you have an emergency call 911 for assistance. If you need information regarding the fires you can contact the Emergency Operations Center at 707-263-3450. Keep in mind that the EOC is also very busy.

Mandatory Evacuations – Lake County:

  • Western Lake County, west of Lucerne at Bartlett Springs Road and Highway CA-20, south of the fire, east of the fire, and north of the Lake Sonoma County Line to include the communities of Blue Lakes, Upper Lake, Nice, Lakeport, Witter Springs, Bachelor Valley, Scotts Valley, and Saratoga Springs.

Mandatory Evacuations – Mendocino County:

  • 8000 block of River Road, South to the intersection of Highway 175 from the Russian River east to the Lake County Line, within the North South points. These evacuations also include all driveways and homes located between the North South points.
  • Potter Valley Community; All areas north of Highway CA-20, east of the fire edge, to the Mendocino-Lake County Line, South of Burris Lane to MeWhinney Creek and east of East Side Potter Valley Road, to include feeder roads utilizing Burris Lane east to the Mendocino-Lake County Line.
  • Highway CA-20 area from one mile south of Highway CA-20, east of Potter Valley Road, south of MeWhinney Creek, and west of Mendocino-Lake County Line Pine Avenue area of Potter Valley north of Burris Lane, east of Eastside Potter Valley Road, south of 10511 Eastside Potter Valley Road, and west of the Lake-Mendocino County Line.
  • Midmountain Road area, north of 10551 Eastside Potter Valley Road, east of Eastside Potter Valley Road, south of 11385 Eastside Potter Valley Road, west of Mendocino-Lake County Line.

Evacuation Advisory/Warning – Lake County:

  • Kelseyville
  • Finley
  • Big Valley Rancheria

Evacuation Advisory/Warning – Mendocino County:

  • North of 8000 block of River Road to Yokayo Ranch Road

Evacuation Center(s):

  • Mendocino College, Dance Room at 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah
  • Mountain Vista Middle School, 5081 Konocti Road, Kelseyville
  • Kelseyville Elementary School, 5065 Konocti Road, Kelseyville
  • Kelseyville High School, 5480 Main Street, Kelseyville
  • Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake
  • Twin Pines Casino, 22223 CA-29, Middletown

Animal Evacuation Center(s):

  • Redwood Riders Arena, 8300 East Road, Redwood Valley is accepting horses.
  • Animal Care, 298 Plant Road, Ukiah is accepting small animals

See the latest evacuation orders and advisories at the Mendocino County Sheriff's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MendocinoSheriff/
Lake County Sheriff’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lakesheriff/

Road Closures – Lake County:

  • Highway CA-175, at Highway CA-29 to westbound traffic. (Lake Co.)
  • Scotts Valley Road at Hill Road
  • Elk Mountain Road at Rancheria Road
  • Highland Springs Road at Argonaut Road
  • Ackley Road at Highway CA-29
  • Highway CA-20, westbound at Highway CA-29
  • Highway CA-20, eastbound at Bartlett Springs Road
  • Scotts Valley Road, at Highway CA-29
  • Highway CA-29, at Highland Springs Road
  • Soda Bay Road, at Big Valley Road

Road Closures – Mendocino County:

  • Highway CA-175, at Old River Road to eastbound traffic (Mendocino Co.)
  • Burris Lane at Eastside Potter Valley Road
  • Old River Road, at the 8000 block
  • Pine Avenue, at Eastside Potter Valley Road
  • Highway CA-20, at Potter Valley Road
  • Elk Mountain Road, south of Pillsbury Road

Cooperating Agencies:
Potter Valley Fire, Redwood Valley Fire, Ukiah Fire, California Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Highway Patrol, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Land Management, Hopland Fire, Lakeport Fire, PG&E, AT&T, California Conservation Corps, and additional agencies from throughout the State

Air Quality:

  • As of Saturday (7/28), Lake County’s air quality has continued to worsen due to thick smoke approaching from the Mendocino Complex fires. On Saturday, Lake County Air Quality Pollution Control Officer Doug Gearhart issued an air quality alert “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” results from the heavy smoke conditions, as well as the forecast for extended smoke impacts. Gearhart said Saturday that the particulate levels in Lake County are in the range from “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” in the Lakeport and west county areas and “unhealthy for sensitive individuals” to “unhealthy” air quality in the eastern and southern portions of the county. For more information about Lake County air conditions and how to protect yourself, see the Lake County News: http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php/news/57117-air-quality-conditions-worsen-due-to-growing-mendocino-complex.
  • AirNow has information regarding air quality in the Sacramento area and San Francisco-Bay area: https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_state&stateid=5

How to help:

Financial donations:

  • American Red Cross (Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation)
  • United Way Relief & Recovery Fund
  • North Coast Opportunities, Inc - https://www.NCOINC.org

CalFresh Information:

If you are a current CalFresh recipient who has experienced food loss due to the Mendocino Complex Fires, the Lake County Department of Social Services (LCDSS) may be able to replace a portion of your CalFresh benefits. Households have 10 days from the date of the disaster that destroyed their food to request a replacement. To request replacement benefits contact LCDSS:

  • toll free phone 1 (800) 628-5288
  •  Location: 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake, CA 95457
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm  

Water Usage – Lake County:

The Lake County Sherriff’s department has announced that local water systems are being challenged supporting local needs and the efforts to save homes and communities. They ask that you please restrict your water usage to the minimum absolutely necessary and do not leave water or sprinkler systems running

Steele Fire Updates

Cal Fire Incident Information:

  • County: Napa
  • Location: off Arroyo Grande Drive and Steele Canyon Road, Capell
  • Cal Fire Incident Information: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2184

Evacuations:

  • Evacuations will remain in the road closure areas and all other evacuations have been lifted

Road Closures:

  • Headlands Drive will be closed from Westridge Drive South, including Woodhaven Court

Air Quality:

  • AirNow has information regarding the air quality in Napa: https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&mapcenter=0&cityid=314
    • 7/30 Air Quality Index for Napa: 53 (moderate). Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.    

Local Communication: Nixle is a Community Information Service that can help you stay updated on relevant information from local public safety departments and schools based on your physical location. Only authenticated agencies and community organizations can securely publish information. Nixle Updates  

CalFire is the state agency managing the firefighting of all of the Northern California fires. This link will provide a summary of the fires, containment, evacuation orders, and local impacts. California Statewide Fire Summary

CalTrans: The California Department of Transportation is updating this map with current highway and road information. Road Conditions 

Contacting Loved Ones: The American Red Cross has created a tool to check in with your friends and family that may have been impacted by the fire. If you are in the area, you can let others know you are safe by checking in here. You can also use this website to look for loved ones. Safe & Well

Our Congressional Representatives for Assembly District 4 are also here to help.
Congressman Mike Thompson
Congressman John Garamendi


To Donate or Volunteer:
The CalVolunteers webpage will be updated regularly with information about how to donate money or goods, and how to volunteer. Remember to carefully research any other charitable organizations prior to donating. How You Can Help 


Recovery Information for Wildfire Victims

Proceed with caution once your local agency has granted permission to re-enter your neighborhood. Protect your home by performing temporary repairs, and take advantage of the following resources as you work towards recovery and repair.

Disaster Assistance
To register for voluntary disaster assistance with FEMA visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1 (800) 621-FEMA. You will need your social security number, home address, telephone number, mailing address,  insurance information, description of damage, and bank account information.

Property Taxes
Fire victims are eligible for a program to temporarily reassess their property to reflect a lower value based on its damaged condition. To qualify, property owners must have experienced at least $10,000 in property damage and must file a claim with their county assessor within 12 months. Use this list of County Assessors to file your information.

Wildfire victims can also apply for a property tax deferral of their next property tax payment without penalties or interest. To do this, owners must file a "property tax deferral claim" with their county assessor before the next property tax installment payment date. The Board of Equalization has put together a Disaster FAQ page for more information.

State & Federal Taxes
The Franchise Tax Board and Internal Revenue Service announced special tax relief for California taxpayers impacted by wildfires. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2016 California tax returns and may make payments until January 31, 2018. For more information about tax returns visit the FTB Disaster Relief Webpage. Federal relief applies to various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred beginning October 8, 2017. See more information from the IRS here. Wildfire victims may also receive free copies of state tax returns to replace lost or damaged ones using this form

Home Insurance
The California Department of Insurance has obtained agreements from several insurance companies handling wildfire damage claims to help victims begin their recovery more quickly.Call your insurance company or agent to inquire about your coverage and next steps.  If you were subject to a mandatory evacuation, you may be eligible for reimbursements for additional living expenses. Remember to watch out for scams seeking to take advantage of this disaster. For more details, visit the Insurance Commissioner’s Resources Page or call 800-927-HELP.