The following is a Nixle alert issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at 1:44 pm:
THERE IS AN ACTIVE GAS LEAK IN THE 2100 BLOCK OF NORTH STATE STREET IN UKIAH NEAR KUNZLER RANCH ROAD. EVACUATION ORDER FOR THE AREAS OF 2100 NORTH STATE STREET AND KUNZLER RANCH ROAD.
EVACUATION DIRECTIONS: ALL SUBJECTS ON KUNZLER RANCH ROAD IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE TO THE EAST TO MASONITE ROAD. ALL SUBJECTS ON ORR SPRINGS ROAD IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE TO THE WEST OR SOUTH ON STATE STREET. ALL SUBJECTS TO THE NORTH OF KUNZLER RANCH ROAD IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE THE AREA TRAVELING NORTH ON STATE STREET.
UPDATE: 2:33 pm
Mendocino County 5th District Supervisor Ted Williams posted a description of the cause of the Ukiah gas leak:
It appears a contractor working for PG&E Gas division hit and broke the high pressure gas main. PG&E has been moving their gas line (as required by Streets & Highways Code) to accommodate the coming Ackerman Creek Bridge project. When PG&E shut off their gas line during the 2017 fire, Howard Hospital and the rest of Willits/Redwood Valley lost gas service. PG&E sent a tanker to Howard Hospital to serve them. The county is closely tracking the developing situation.
UPDATE: 3:11 pm
A statement from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said, “A specialty crew is responding from Sonoma County to deal with this issue. It will be multiple hours before this issue is resolved.”