“The Oak Fire could have been a much worse disaster had citizens not heeded the evacuations. We cannot thank citizens enough for their quick response. Fire season is not over. Please continue to heed the warnings.”
“If you have any questions or concerns about going back home after a fire, please ask them below and I’ll do my best to get them answered.”
There is still one area where the Oak Fire actively burned that is still under evacuation order and not able to re-populate at this time. This area is identified as Zone 1 and includes the areas Third Gate Road, Skyview Road, Big John Road, Live Oak Drive, and Ryan Creek Road west of Highway 101.
According to an Oak Fire Incident Update, the fire is 25% contained, two structures have been destroyed, 800 structures are still considered threatened, and the cause is still under investigation.
Leave now. Use safest evacuation routes possible. Monitor media and Nixle. Do not call 9 1 1 for information. Call 9 1 1 for life-threatening emergency only. Use safest evacuation route possible
Tonkin reassured the community that though the region has gone through a rough couple days with smoke, heat, low humidity, the forecast calls for relative humidity improvement, lower temperatures, and a shift in the wind blowing westward.
According to a 7:00 pm update from Cal Fire Mendocino, the Oak Fire has burned 863 acres and is 10% contained. The incident update characterizes the expected full containment time as “unknown”.
Ukiah Valley Fire Authority’s Fire Chief Doug Hutchins said fire personnel “were dispatched at 04:48 hours for a commercial fire at 859 North State Street,” the address of Ukiah’s Redwood Tree Service Station. Ukiah Police Department’s Public Information Officer Cedric Crook told us the fire caused “significant damage”.
The Oak Fire’s rapid growth slowed overnight as expected winds didn’t materialize but more are predicted later today. However, Caltrans reports that 101 is still closed this morning.
The Oak Fire which began about noon today northwest of Willits is now 1000 acres and has completely closed Hwy 101 in both directions. At least two structures have been destroyed.