Ranch fire closure expands

Contact(s): Punky Moore


WILLOWS, Calif. — Mendocino National forest officials have issued a second forest order closing roads, trails and campgrounds in a large area due to the Ranch Fire on the Upper Lake and Grindstone ranger districts. The purpose of the closure is to provide safety to the public and for the firefighters on the incident. 

The closure of the fire area is necessary to help ensure that no one is injured within or near the active fire perimeter. The area is closed due to fire suppression and rehabilitation activities that create a hazard to the public, including the use of heavy equipment, the falling of hazard trees weakened by the fire and the construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of fuels breaks.

The closure will remain in place until hazards to the public are diminished. Forest Order No. 08-18-13 and exhibits are posted here: https://www.tinyurl.com/y74z69dz