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Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - June 25, 2008, Ukiah, California Races heat up at Lakeport Speedway 6 Wednesday June 2008 COMMERCE Community Foundation awards n The Ukiah 7 58551 Mendocino Countys local newspaper 50 cents tax included OURTiAL Thursday Sunny H L Friday Sunny Fire command at fairgrounds 17 of 131 fires contained 60 to 70 fires unmanned but being watched By BEN BROWN The Daily Journal As lightningsparked fires raged across the county for the fourth straight day members of a Cal Fire Incident Command Team converged on the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds to organize the fire camps and resources to combat the They literally build their own selfsufficient said Jennifer director of the Redwood Empire The fairgrounds are currently playing host to the Cal Fire primary command center for the 131 fires in Mendocino County being collective ly referred to as the Lightning Cal Fire Mike serv ingas logistics section chief for the said the fairgrounds command center will serve as a checkpoint for all resources coining into the All the resources will come in here and be disbursed to the other he Smith said there are six including ones in Covelo and the Howard Forest Cal Fire Station near that are fighting different parts of the Under normal a single command center would be enough to route resources to a large but Smith said the fires in Mendocino County are unique because they are spread out in 131 different This is Smith from one end to the The six branches serve as com mand posts for a particular part of the reporting to the central command post for Smith said the nature of the and the travel time makes a distrib uted response more effective than a central command On Smith said firefight ers had around 660 firefighters working in the but said that number could rise above in the coming If we get the resources we want to start combating this well be well over in a short Smith Seward said the fairgrounds is working to accommodate the fire fighters who are using the property as a staging ground and command The fairgrounds also served See Page 14 Sarah Daily Journal David and Chris Naraine of the California Conservation Corps from Ventura County unload a truck of food for firefighters at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds Tuesday Cal Fire Incident Commander Kelly discusses the areas fires are affecting from the Arts building at the fair grounds Tuesday At a Douglas fir tree Is engulfed in flames on Radical near Orr Springs Road Monday Tm pholo courtesy oCJetcr Armstrong We are in fairly dire Cal Fire chief reports By ROB BURGESS The Daily Journal For a second straight day the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors was briefed on the wildfires raging throughout the county and the rest of the Cal Fire Chief Mark Romero said the rain that fell alongside the weekends lightning storms for the most too minimal to be of any help in putting out any of the subsequent fire We are in fairly dire straits as far as the volume of fire on the he One thing I can point to it could be What happens in wild land fire protection agencies when you get that regionally the wildland agencies will go into a prioritization Its important to realize what is going on with the rest of the Theres quite a bit of Romero said firefighting resources were extreme See CAL If age 14 By BEN BROWN The Dally Journal As smoke blanketed the Ukiah Valley for the fourth straight day more than 100 wildfires continued to rage throughout the Cal Fire Information Officer Tracy Boudreaux said Tuesday that 131 fires were burning in the county for a total of Boudreaux said 17 of those 131 fires had been contained on Tuesday though between 60 and 70 of the smaller fires remained unmanned but under We have multiple fires with minimum said Steve the Cal Fire public liaison officer for the Incident Command Team that took over Tuesday Gasaway said work on the fires was ongoing and that the incident as a whole was 0 per cent We dont have a damage assessment team out he Were still working on perimeter Firefighters were having some success against individ ual fires such as those at Table Navarro and Mallo Boudreaux said the Table Mountain Fire had grown to acres and was 5 percent Boudreaux said firefighters would be conducting a burn ing operation at that fire later They are working on she The Navarro fire in Anderson Valley was at acres Tuesday morning and was 5 percent Boudreaux and the Mallo Pass Fire had reached 800 acres Other fires still burning in the area included the Orr which had reached 200 acres and had forced the evacuation of the Orr Springs Resort and 50 homes The Cherry Fire was at 50 acres and was 50 percent con as was the Foster So five homes have been destroyed in the fire and another 525 are Voluntary evacuations have been ordered and no roads had been closed Gasaway On 669 firefight ers as well as numerous engines and aircraft had been assigned to the Gasaway said more equipment and per See Page 14 Sarah Daily Journal A semitruck sits where it came to rest after an accident involving a twodoor Honda Tuesday after The two vehi cles collided shortly after 4 on south bound Highway 101 north of the Talmage over and the semi then hit a guardrail and jack knifed near the south bound Talmage Road off The Honda appeared to have sus tained minor damage In the SEMI HONDA ON 101 2 more arrested in stabbing at Ukiah graduation party The Daily Journal Police have arrested two more sus pects in a gangrelated graduation night stabbing that left men one At Ukiah Police Department officers arrested Steven and Arthur Matthew both of on suspi cion of attempted assault with a deadly weapon and participation in a criminal street gang in the 900 block of Marlene Steven Mendez was also found to be in possession of an unsecured handgun with a child in the home and was also arrested on suspicion of child endan The two men are alleged to have taken part in an attack about 10 June 14 on a group of people at a grad uation party in the 900 block of See Page14
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