Sadly, once again Northern California fires are devastating homes and businesses.   On July 30, Dirk Slooten LARCA Co-Chair notified partner Chris Ranney and other LARCA team leaders:
Hi All
As we all know by now this is a new norm , fire relief , please contact your club and ask for donations 
we will update the LARCA website to include the recent fire survivors and displaced 
Dirk Slooten
Chair of the Rotary District 5130 Fire Relief Committee
While the LARCA are in the process of being updated, Rotarians, businesses and communities may use the website to again make donations  for fire survivors associate with the Ranch, River, Pawnee & Hardester Fire Relief Fund efforts:
Fire maps:
Release date:  July 30, 2018
Release Number:  RIX-NR-18-20

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California to combat the Ranch Fire burning in Mendocino and Lake Counties.  The state has requested that the River and Ranch Fires be combined under one grant for what will be called the Mendocino Complex Fire.

On July 29, 2018, the State of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Declaration for the Ranch Fire.  At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 1,450 homes in and around the community of Upper Lake.  The fire was also threatening 20 buildings, infrastructure, utilities, and watershed.  Mandatory evacuations are taking place for approximately 11,900 people.

The fire started on July 29, 2018, and has burned in excess of 13,395 acres of state and private land.  The fire is 5% percent contained.  There are six other large fires burning uncontrolled within the state.

The FEMA Regional Administrator determined the River Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.  The state’s request was approved on July 29, 2018, at 10:17 PM PDT.

Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs.  The Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause major disasters.  Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.

For media inquiries related to FEMA’s support to the fires, please contact (510) 627-7006.


From the Press Democrat:

Two wildfires bearing down on shoreline communities of Clear Lake doubled in size again Monday, forcing thousands more residents to flee their homes as flames that have torched more than 68,000 acres of rugged, rural landscape encroached on more populated areas of Lake County.

Nearly 2,000 personnel posted on the fire lines Monday evening had so far prevented the River fire from entering Lakeport, the county seat, though flames had moved within a mile of city limits, officials said.

But fire licking at the edges of Upper Lake destroyed several homes Monday evening at the Upper Lake Rancheria. The River fire and the larger Ranch fire to its north were continuing to spread eastward, prompting sweeping new evacuations to clear people out of harm’s way as the fires burned into a fourth day and remained just 5 percent contained.

“We’re going to be at this for quite a while,” Lake County Supervisor Jim Steele said Monday. “It’s a big fire. It (the River fire) is threatening two towns. And it’s going to be a while before we let these folks back in.”


The two fires were sparked across the county line in Mendocino County not quite an hour apart at mid-day Friday.

The Ranch fire ignited at a private ranch on the south end of Potter Valley and by Monday evening had reached 45,000 acres, expanding in multiple directions on the north side of Highway 20 as it pushed toward the town of Upper Lake on Clear Lake’s northern shore and the Mendocino National Forest to the north of it.

The River fire, started near Hopland, grew east along the north side of Highway 175, crossing rugged forestland and dense brush as it headed into the lake basin reaching for Lakeport and points along the southerly shore.

Aided by high temperatures, low humidity, very dry fuels and regular afternoon winds that have thwarted containment efforts, the fires arrived amid extreme weather conditions around California, where 17 active wildfires continue to overwhelm available resources.


“We’re pushing whatever resources are available that direction,” Deputy Cal Fire Chief Scott McLean said, “so as each fire winds down, the resources on those fires more than likely will be redirected toward the Mendocino Complex, plus resources continue to come from out of state.”

In addition, the National Guard was ramping up to provide hand crews for California’s firefighting efforts, he said.


Newly evacuated areas included Kelseyville and rural, neighboring communities of Finley and Big Valley, on the lake’s south shore.
The order to leave was issued after flames from the River fire that were pushing up against fire lines on Highway 175 broke through at a weak spot outside Lakeport, where crews had struggled to build defenses in very steep terrain and dense fuels, Cal Fire said.
South shore communities and subdivisions east of Kelseyville were put under evacuation advisory, as well. They included Soda Bay, Riviera Heights, Buckingham Park, Riviera West and Clear Lake Riviera.
On the north shore, in the path of the Ranch fire, evacuation advisories were issued for Lucerne and Paradise Valley, and then the entire northern end of Lake County, in anticipation of that fire’s push into the Mendocino National Forest. The Lake Pillsbury Basin and surrounding areas were included in the advisory notice.
The advisory comes amid warnings the raging fire was continuing its push east and north, producing what Cal Fire Division Chief Charlie Blankenheim said would likely be “significant growth.”
Residents in the national forest and anywhere north of Bartlett Springs Road were advised to leave the area or be prepared to go in the event of a mandatory evacuation.
About 650 people sought the safety of four evacuation shelters in the county as of Monday evening, County Administrator Carol Huchingson said. They included about 90 who had briefly settled at Kelseyville High School only to pack up Monday and move again as the town was evacuated.