Friday, December 9, 2022

Tomki Fire: 70% Contained, Now 22 Acres, Cause Under Investigation


The Tomki Fire between Redwood Valley and Willits has now reached 70% containment and the total acreage has been updated to 22 after efforts to accurately map the fire. As to the cause of the Tomki Fire, Cal Fire Captain Leah Simmons-Davis told us investigators are working to determine what caused the wildland fire.

The Tomki Fire began Friday, May 21, at approximately 10:00 a.m. burning in heavily timbered terrain on the uphill side of Tomki Road in a canyon north of Redwood Valley. Across the canyon from the Tomki Fire is the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Captain Simmons-Davis said fire resources on scene today will include four engines, two hand crews, and two water tenders working towards further interior extinguishment of the fire and patrolling throughout the heat of the day. Air resources are on call and could be utilized if needed.

Containment lines have been completed, Captain Simmons-Davis told us, and the same number of fire resources are expected tomorrow.

Yesterday, Saturday, May 23, a helicopter was dispatched to the fire to keep hotspots cool while fire engines were working towards them. Captain Simmons-Davis said bulldozers were utilized to improve overgrown roads to engines could get closer to the hotspots.

Captain Simmons-Davis told us that daytime wind has made firefighting diffucult but night time humidity has helped dampen the fire.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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