Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Evacuation Warnings Issued as Hull Fire Continues to Grow

Cal Fire plane drops fire retardant on the Hull Fire [Image provided by U.S. Forest Service-Mendocino National Forest]

The following is a press release issued by the U.S. Forest Service – Mendocino National Forest

The Hull Fire, located five miles north of Lake Pillsbury on the Upper Lake District of the Mendocino National Forest, is 2,500 acres and 0% contained. It was detected on Wednesday, Aug. 19 after several rounds of thunderstorms occurred across the forest last week.

There are 49 personnel committed to the incident including seven engine crews, one hand crew and operations managers. Crews are challenged by steep, rugged terrain where the fire is rolling out and making uphill runs. On Saturday, airtankers assisted crews in containing a slopover on Road 38.

The fire is burning in timber on the north and east aspects of Hull Mountain and is active in Hull Creek, backing down into Rattlesnake Creek and spreading north along Panther Ridge. The fire is threatening cabins to the south and other private property may become threatened as the fire progresses northward.

Air Quality: Smoke in the community of Potter Valley and the Pillsbury Subdivision has degraded air quality. A known sensitive air quality area is located east of the fire in the Snow Mountain Wilderness.

Weather: There is a Red Flag Warning in effect from 11:00 p.m. Sunday to 11:00 p.m. Monday. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Closures: There is a road closure in effect on Forest Road M1 to Forest Road M6 on Road 18N016. In addition the forest has an area closure in place due to the August Complex. Closure information is available here: https://tinyurl.com/yxnh2lkt.

Evacuation Warning: For the area of Pillsbury Ranch due to the Hull Wildland Fire. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued an EVACUATION WARNING for Pillsbury Ranch due to the Hull Wildland Fire. This area will include: North of M-1, south of the Lake County line, west of Bloody Rock and east of the Lake County Line.

More incident information is posted here: https:// https://tinyurl.com/y2temre4.

Fire Burning on Hull Mountain [Images provided by Joshua Stone of Lake Pillsbury News]
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