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Vehicle Fire in Covelo Causes Explosions and Burns 1/8 Acre of Wildland


At 8:56 p.m., scanner traffic indicated dispatch received multiple reports of a residential structure in Covelo on Refuse Road near the Covelo Dump. When fire personnel reported to the scene, they discovered the fire was a vehicle fire that had spread into nearby wildland burning approximately 1/8 of an acre.

The dispatcher told responding fire personnel “explosions were heard, black smoke and an orange glow were visible.” The dispatcher conveyed a reporting party characterized the explosions as “continuous.” A firefighter told dispatch the vehicle was one mile past the spot when Refuse Road transitions from pavement to unpaved.

UPDATE 9:26 p.m.

The Lights of Emergency Vehicles Responding to the Refuse Incident [Picture from a Covelo Resident]

The Incident Commander reported the forward progress of the wildland fire has been stopped growing to approximately .14 acres. The fire is approximately 45 minutes from being under complete control, reported the Incident Commander.

This article is based on preliminary reports.  Remember, initial reports can be incorrect and the record will be corrected as more information become available.



  1. Oh great! Yet another vehicle fire. Probably stolen. Setting vehicles on fire seems to be a sport here in Round Valley. Everywhere are burned out vehicles . Many are stolen. Not only do the drugged up malcontents set the fires, they often manage to turn them upside down. I counted six blackened ones along one creek. Been there for many months. So much for enhancing Salmon habitat. Why these are just left there and not hauled out sooner is a mystery. It’s tribal land. The fire too was on tribal land. Seems every one has to get a taxpayer funded grant before doing anything. If this vehicle arson fire had been during the dry season, all of the west ridge could go up in flames. Very troubling. We need more law enforcement here. And I don’t mean to suggest catching seatbelt offenders.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Playing it By Ear: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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