Tuesday, May 30, 2023

[Update: Fire Holding at 20 Acres, 20% Contained]Wildfire Burning Southeast of Willits

Smoke rising from the Tomki Fire at 12:35 p.m. [Screenshot of the AlertWildfire Eden Valley camera]
Smoke rising from the Tomki Fire at 12:35 p.m. [Screenshot of the AlertWildfire Eden Valley camera]

A fire started about 10 a.m. east of Ridgewood Summit in the Eden Valley near Tomki Road.

The last report about 11 a.m. was that it was an acre and a half in size burning in heavy slash.

An air attack plane has arrived from Redding. Several helicopters and tankers are assigned to the fire. Multiple water tenders and engines have been assigned.

We’ve requested more information from Cal Fire but haven’t yet heard back as it is the lunch hour.

[Screengrab from FlightRadar24 at 12:38 p.m.]
[Screengrab from FlightRadar24 at 12:47 p.m. showing the air attack, one helicopter and one tanker in the air.]

UPDATE 3:36 p.m.: The Tomki Incident has grown to 3 acres through this afternoon’s winds but some aircraft have been released from the incident indicating personnel are gaining control on the blaze. Currently, no structure are threatened by the flames.

UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: As per information released from Cal Fire, the fire has grown to 20 acres and is 0% contained. A reader near the fire described the winds as high at at points “spiraling.”

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UPDATE 6:15 p.m.

The following pictures were provided by local photographer Matt Holzhauer. He said current conditions are cool and mostly clear. He described the fire appearing as “puffy white smoke over approximately 20 acres of steep terrain. He said a small group of bystanders are parking on the shoulder of Tomki Road to watch the air attack.

UPDATE 8:03 p.m

As per an update on the Cal Fire incident information page, the Tomki incident has held at 20 acres this afternoon while firefighters are estimating the blaze is 20% contained.

This article is a republication of Kym Kemp’s article in Redheaded Blackbelt

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