[Update] ‘Live Ammo Going Off’ as Structure is Fully Engulfed in Flames Nine Miles Northwest of Laytonville

[Picture provided by a nearby resident]

Laytonville Fire Department and other firefighters are responding to a fully involved structure fire nine miles northwest of Laytonville on a plot of land known as the Bowman Ranch. Ammunition is “going off at the residence,” as reported by the dispatcher to responding fire personnel.

Scanner reports indicate the structure is engulfed in flames and the fire is spreading into nearby vegetation.

UPDATE: 2:16 p.m.

The dispatcher told responding fire personnel the house is now on the ground and the vegetation is “exposed.”

UPDATE 2:31 p.m.

The incident commander reported the is structure completely on the ground and the fire spread uphill from the structure between 1/4-1/2 acre. He said a couple trees around the structure are on fire and the vegetation is burning at a slow rate of spread.

We were able to confirm the structure is located on the 5000 block of Hargus Road.

UPDATE 2:43 p.m.

The incident commander reported forward progress of the fire has stopped but requested all incoming units proceed to the scene.

UPDATE 4:32 p.m.

According to dispatch at the Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department, the Hargus Incident is in the mop-up stage and fire personnel will be on scene for the next couple of hours.

Remember, this article is based on initial reports and will be updated as more facts become available.

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  1. Fortunately it’s extremely rare for ammo going off in a fire to actually hurt anyone, as it basically acts like popcorn. Have watched videos of authorities (and Myth Busters type shows) experimenting with ammo in fires and it’s fairly harmless. Glad the fire is taken care of, another job well done by the folks who choose a life of danger to keep us safe.

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