Containment increases on Eel Fire

Contact(s): Punky Moore

WILLOWS, Calif. — On Thursday, firefighters made progress containing the Eel Fire 10 miles east of Covelo on the Covelo ranger district of the Mendocino National Forest. Containment increased from five to 25 percent and the estimated size is reported at 1,000 acres. The fire started Tuesday, July 31 and the cause is being investigated.

There are 143 resources assigned to the incident including two crews, 20 engines, one dozer and five water tenders. No additional critical resources are needed according to Incident Commander Dale Shippelhoute.

Potential north winds in the forecast could push the fire towards Forest Highway 7 (FH7) and structures along the road. FH7 is open but travelers need to be aware that conditions could change quickly. Mandatory evacuation orders have been implemented for the M1 Road from Eel River station to Indian Dick Station. Forty residences are threatened by fire spread, three have been destroyed.

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