The Oak Fire which began about noon today northwest of Willits is now 1,000 acres and has completely closed U.S. Highway 101 in both directions.
At least two structures have been destroyed.
State Sen. Mike McGuire tweeted, “Highway 101 is now closed in both directions in Mendocino County due to the #OakFire. Northbound closure: North end of the Willits Bypass. Southbound closure: Turnoff for Covelo at Route 162. No estimated time for reopening.”
The fire is 0 percent contained as of 5:13 p.m. An evacuation map is being updated here
UPDATE 7:53 p.m.: We’re getting word there is a hydration station “for humans and animals at Harwood Park parking lot. Ice water, cups, snacks and hand sanitizer on the porch and hose on side of Harwood Hall. Parking in shade. Stay safe folks!”
UPDATE 8:20 p.m.: According to the Facebook page of Willits Unified School District, “Due to fire conditions WUSD schools will be closed on Tuesday Sept. 8th.”
UPDATE 8:40 p.m.: Looking for help with livestock and pets, Danilla Sands reports,
BEHIND WILLITS HIGH SCHOOL
Animal Care staff is onsite.
Opened up for small animals and small livestock at the Willits High School at Farm. Access to the Ag Farm is at the back side of the Skunk Train parking lot follow dirt road around 🔹️to the barns.
🔹️WILLIT’S HORSEMAN’S ARENA
Call Sarah at 272-2299 if you need help finding a place for your animals.