Wildfire near Covelo burns more than 5,000 acres
Published: Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 9:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 20, 2012 at 7:37 a.m.
A timber fire northeast of Covelo that was sparked by lightning had consumed 5,000 acres by Sunday evening and was likely to spread, Cal Fire officials said.
The Pass Fire is two fires that were touched off by lightning early Saturday 10 miles in Williams Valley, northeast of Covelo, in a remote and unpopulated area.
By late Sunday one of the fires was burning into Mendocino National Forest.
"It is in real dry, heavy timber with hard access," Cal Fire spokeswoman Julie Cooley said Sunday.
"It is real tough terrain."
She said the blaze had destroyed an out-building and was threatening other structures.
Three firefighters suffered injuries, none serious.
The fires were being fought by 540 firefighters from Cal Fire, Covelo Fire Department, the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, California Department of Corrections and the California National Guard.
The effort included 41 fire engines, nine bulldozers, two air tankers and two helicopters.
An air quality alert was issued until 10 a.m. today for inland Mendocino County.
People who have health issues such as asthma were advised to take precautions.
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