MENDOCINO Co., 8/5/18 -- Highways 20 and 29 are being re-opened immediately, as of 12:30 p.m. today, Sunday, Aug. 8 -- though Hwy. 20 will remain closed east of Hwy. 29. California State Route 20 and California State Route 29 have both been closed as a result of the fires of the Mendocino Complex.
Today CalFire announced that the 20 would be open from U.S. Route 101 to Hwy. 29 (otherwise known as the roundabout) and that Hwy. 29 would be opened from the junction with Hwy. 20 all the way south. However, Hwy. 20 is still closed east of Hwy. 29, due to the continuing threat of the Ranch Fire in Lake and Colusa counties.
According to the release from CalFire, Hwy. 20 will remain closed between Hwy. 29 and at least Hwy. 53 -- that is between the Upper Lake roundabout and Clearlake Oaks. However, according to the CalTrans and a spokesperson for CalFire, Hwy. 20 is also open from Hwy. 53 east to Williams, though several areas around there are evacuated, and spur roads are closed in that area, apparently the 20 is open to through traffic. The 53 also remains open.
Here's the announcement from CalFire:
WHAT: PARTIAL HIGHWAY 20 RE-OPENING
WHERE: Highway 20 between Highway 101 and Highway 29 will open for both directions of traffic. Highway 20 will remain closed east of Highway 29. Highway 29 will open for both directions of travel south of Highway 20.
These Highways remain subject to immediate closure due to potential fire movement.
NOTES: SAFETY MESSAGE – The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings. A reminder to drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area. There will be smoke in the respective areas as firefighters continue firefighting operations. If at any time you feel unsafe, please call 911.