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Homeless Encampment Fire Spreads into Vegetation Scorching a Section of Fort Bragg’s Noyo Bluffs

At about 6:00 p.m. Fort Bragg Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a vegetation fire burning on Fort Bragg’s Noyo Bluffs on Noyo Point Road on the north side of the harbor where the Mendocino Indian Reservation is located. FBVFD First Assistant Chief Darrell Orsi told us the fire originated within a homeless encampment and due to high winds spread into vegetation ascending the bluff.

First Assistant Chief Orsi said the fire’s point of origin was about “a quarter of the way up from the beach” and grew uphill to approximately .25-.5 of an acre before firefighters got control of the blaze. The fire blackened the bluff and firefighters’ main concern was the wind pushing the fire towards the Mendocino Indian Reservation sitting atop the bluffs. A group of firefighters from CalFire’s Woodland station joined the FBVFD’s fight against the blaze, added First Assistant Chief Orsi.

The extent of the burn on the bluffs is evident from this image [Picture provided by Ernest Witt]

Scanner traffic indicated Fort Bragg Police Department had an individual in custody in association with the blaze and First Assistant Chief Orsi confirmed he say FBPD in the area, but could not comment as to how the individual was connected to the blaze.

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