New fire starts on Mendocino National Forest

Contact(s): Punky Moore

WILLOWS, Calif. — A new wildland fire started Tuesday, July 31 on the Covelo district of the Mendocino National Forest approximately 15 miles east of the town of Covelo off County Road M1 and Mendocino Pass Road. It is called the Eel fire and it is estimated at 1,000 acres.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has issued mandatory evacuations of all residences between Black Butte River, Anthony Peak, Forest Service Rd. M4, and Forest Service Rd. M1 to mile marker 10. Forest Highway 7 remains open at this time, but be aware that the situation could change quickly.

Resources assigned to the incident include six engines, four water tenders and several aircraft including two helicopters and air tankers as needed. The fire is moving east, southeast on the forest. 

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Please call 530-640-1168 for more information.