North Pass Fires increase by more than 5,100 acres; another structure burned

Two wildland fires sparked by lightning two weeks ago in northern Mendocino County continued to burn aggressively on Friday, increasing in size by more than 5,100 acres, causing more injuries and destroying another structure.

The North Pass Fires – two fires burning in the Williams Valley area 10 miles northeast of Covelo since Saturday, Aug. 18 – had burned 39,493 acres by Friday night, up from the morning size estimate given by Cal Fire and the US Forest Service by approximately 5,185 acres. Containment was reported to have increased by 48 percent.

Two more injuries occurred, bringing the total to seven, and another residence was burned, with the fires having destroyed five homes and seven outbuildings so far, officials reported.

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