News Release


August 5, 2015

Update on Mendocino National Forest lightning fires

WILLOWS, Calif. – As the Mendocino National Forest nears containment on the three fires from last weekend’s lightning, firefighters are preparing for storms predicted for the next several days.

The Etsel Fire on the Covelo Ranger District is approximately 32 acres and 85 percent contained.  Full containment is expected later this evening.  It is located in the Yuki Wilderness and is burning in heavy

The Boardman Fire is approximately 95 acres and 40 percent contained.

The Deer Fire, burning southeast of Lake Pillsbury, is approximately 100 acres and 40 percent contained.

It is burning in mixed conifer.  There are three structures threatened.  Two engine crews and one Type 1 handcrew are working on the fire with the help of various air resources.

As dry conditions and hot temperatures continue, combined with an increased chance of lightning, firefighters anticipate discovering more lightning fires in coming days.

Forest visitors are asked to be aware of their surroundings and be prepared for changing conditions.  This includes reporting visible smoke that could be from a wildfire.

To report a fire, please call 911.

As a reminder, the Mendocino National Forest is currently under fire restrictions.  Visitors are asked to follow regulations and be careful with anything with a flame or that can throw a spark in the forest.  For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 or visit Updates are also available on Twitter @MendocinoNF.


Update on Mendocino National Forest lightning fires