News Release
August 3, 2015

Update on Mendocino National Forest lightning fires
WILLOWS, Calif. – The Mendocino National Forest is continuing to search for and identify fires sparked by lightning from recent storms over the Forest.

Of the approximately 15 fires located on the Forest, only three on the Upper Lake Ranger District remain active, with the other fires declared either contained, controlled or out.

The Etsel Fire is approximately 32 acres and 60 percent contained.  It is located in the Yuki Wilderness and is burning in heavy timber and brush.

The Boardman Fire is 72 acres and 30 percent contained.

The Deer Fire, burning southeast of Lake Pillsbury, is approximately 100 acres.  It is burning in mixed conifer.  There are three structures threatened.  Two engine crews and one Type 1 handcrew are currently working on the fire with the help of various air resources.

As dry conditions and hot temperatures continue, firefighters anticipate discovering more lightning fires in coming days.  There are additional thunderstorms in the forecast this week.

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