Friday, July 19, 2024

[Forward Progress Stopped] Mandatory Evacuations Ordered for Calpella as the ‘East Incident’ Burns

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Picture of the East Incident provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office

A fire is burning currently near Calpella by the exit to Hwy 20 on the east side of Hwy 101 near mile marker 29.2 spreading at a “rapid rate.”

Evacuations of nearby residents are occurring according to the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page. Deputies are going door to door from Agnes Lane through Calpella telling residents they must evacuated, according to the scanner.

The fire spotted across north State Street at 2:29 p.m., according to a first responder in the area.

According to the Mendocino County Sheriff, “Mandatory evacuation order for Calpella, CA. There is a wildfire in the area and the following places are under mandatory evacuation order: North State Street near Agnes Lane north to Calpella, Central Avenue, Hopkins Street, Moore Street, eastside Calpella Road, Graziano Lane, Third Street, and Durable Mill Road. Evacuate the area now in the safest route possible.”

Another update on the page indicates there is a fully involved structure from the ‘East Incident’.

UPDATE: 2:43 pm The CHP Traffic Incident page has provided updates that state the fire is causing traffic to back up along North State Street, Parducci Lane, and first responders are navigating civilians stopping to take pictures of the fire.

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UPDATE 2:44 p.m.: The fire reached Hwy 101 but firefighters have knocked it back and traffic is moving northbound through one lane.

Smoke and charred grass show on Caltrans Traffic Cam near Hwy 101.

UPDATE: 3:00 pm

Standstill traffic on 101 North south of the ‘East Incident’ [Picture by Beatriz Ortiz]

UPDATE 3:05:

Northbound traffic is backed up to Ukiah, according to Caltrans QuickMap.

Cal Fire air resources circling the ‘East Incident’ [Screenshot of Flightradar24.com]
The ‘East Incident’ as seen from a fire camera [Screenshot from AlertWildire.com]

UPDATE: 3:12

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation map seen below:

UPDATE: 3:24

New evacuation orders from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office: “Expanded evacuation order for Calpella wildfire. Follow link for evacuation zones and additional details: https://sartopo.com/p/3g4m

According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Zones 1 and 2 are under mandatory evacuation order. Zones 3, 4, and 5 are under evacuation warning.
Black smoke rising from East Fire indicates that structures are burning. [Screengrab from AlertWildfire]

UPDATE 3:34 pm

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According to a reader currently stuck in traffic associated with the ‘East Incident’, northbound traffic on Highway 101 is slowly starting to move “inch-by-inch”.

UPDATE 3:48 pm

According to scanner reports, fire personnel are releasing some fire resources associated with the incident including a helicopter and a tanker indicating crews are containing the fire.

UPDATE 3:58 pm

According to scanner traffic, the forward progress of the ‘East Incident’ has been stopped burning approximately 5-6 acres and at least one structure.

UPDATE: 4:03 pm

According to the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page, vehicles stuck in the traffic of the ‘East Incident’ in the northbound lane of Highway 101 are using the emergency median to turn southbound.

UPDATE 5:23 pm

According to a Tweet from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, shelters have been set up for residents affected by the ‘East Incident’.

UPDATE: 6:55 pm

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From the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office: There is a hard road closure at 5500 North State Street with no traffic allowed north to Central Avenue (approximately 200 yards). All other evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted for the wildfire in Calpella, CA. Residents can now repopulate the area. Please be aware of firefighters and personnel in the area still working.

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Matt LaFever
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I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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