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Courtesy of Cal Fire

Another fire broke out in Mendocino County on Monday, taking resources away from Sunday's Grade Fire.

According to Cal Fire, the Range Fire started around 12:50 p.m. near the gun range on the west side of Cow Mountain. As of  2:15 p.m., the fire was at 20 acres with a moderate rate of spread.

The new fire has caused fire crews to divert resources from Sunday's Grade Fire, which grew to 900 acres and is 25 percent contained.

Further details on the Range Fire's containment weren't available. No injuries or structural damage was reported.

Update at 11:45 PM says:

** Evacuation Order for Baker Subdivision is still in effect. The advisory for the area west of West Road, from Tomki to State Street HAS BEEN LIFTED.**

Update 9:15 p.m. -- According to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Patricia Austin, the fire is estimated at 900 acres and is 10 percent contained. The original estimate was 1,000 but it was lowered after "more detailed mapping."

A briefing from the agency is expected around  10 p.m.

Update 9:05 p.m. --

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service will be holding a public meeting in Fort Bragg Thursday about the future of its  northern spotted owl assistance program.

According to a release from the Department of Interior, the service plans to stop providing the program for timber operations. However, there will still be training and guidance to California Fish and Wildlife and Cal Fire operations.

The meeting, which will also include representatives from the CDFW and Calfire, will be held at 4 p.m. at the Redwood Coast Senior Center.

A boy was killed after he fell off a cliff in Westport on Thursday.


According to the Ukiah Daily Journal, the West-Virginia native attempted to climb down the cliff in the 42,000 block of Highway 1 when  he fell about 60 feet onto some rocks.

Emergency workers in helicopters responded to the scene but they could not revive him.

The victim’s identity has not been released. The Mendocino County Coroner is investigating the incident.

The man who went missing in Ukiah on Wednesday was found Thursday morning.

Authorities with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said 24-year-old Trevor Cooper arrived around 4 a.m. at Howard Memorial Hospital. There, Cooper told deputies he had been kidnapped and held overnight.

Due to his minor injuries, he didn’t give quote “much detail” about his alleged abduction or those involved.