Reports provided by Kym Kemp’s Redheaded Blackbelt:
An approximately 40 acre fire burning in the Short Creek Road and Hwy 162 area of Covelo has already burned one structure as of 5 p.m., according to Cal Fire Mendocino.
There is no containment.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department has issued an evacuation warning for the Short Creek Road and Hill Road area near Capsitran Ranch.
“Please use caution and stay out of the area,” the Sheriff’s Office stated.
UPDATE: 6:23 pm
A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the area of Short Creek Road and Hill Road near Capistran Ranch due to the active fire in the area. The warning encouraged residents to evacuate via the “safest route possible”.
UPDATE: 6:40 pm
Cal Fire is estimating the Covelo “Creek Fire’ is currently ay 200 acres.
UPDATE: 7:10 pm
According to a Nixle Alert, the “Creek Fire” continues to grow and mandatory evacuation areas have been expanded:
COVELO EVACUATION ORDER. NORTHERN BOUNDARY SHORT CREEK RD AND THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 162 EAST TO THE EEL RIVER. EAST OF SHORT CREEK RD TO EAST LANE. EAST LANE TO HILL RD. EAST OF HILL RD TO MILL CREEK. MILL CREEK TO THE EEL RIVER. WEST OF THE EEL RIVER TO THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY.
UPDATE: 7:35 pm
According to scanner reports, Covelo’s Creek Fire is currently at 500 acres.
UPDATE: 8:45 pm Cal Fire Incident Update
UPDATE: 8/19/2020 8:00 am
Cal Fire published an update on Covelo’s “Creek Fire” descried the blaze as 1000 acres and 20% contained. According to the press release, one structure has been destroyed, eight are threatened.