Wednesday, October 4, 2023

[Update: Fire Out, One Lane Closed] Vegetation Fire Burning in Ukiah Valley Near Intersection of Highway 101 and Lake Mendocino Drive

The grass fire sending up a smoke column [Picture from the AlertWildfire Webcam in Redwood Valley]

Scanner traffic indicates firefighters are responding to a grass fire in the Ukiah Valley burning along the northbound lane of Highway 101 near the intersection with Lake Mendocino Drive.

The incident commander reported the fire is currently one-quarter acre in size and burning in the grass at a slow rate of spread. The fire is reportedly located near the Harley-Davidson dealership.

UPDATE 2:08 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates forward progress has stopped. Also, a car accident occurred nearby the fire on the Highway 101 offramp to Lake Mendocino Drive.

UPDATE 2:18 p.m.: The fire is officially out, as reported by the incident commander. Traffic has been reduced to a single lane in the area as first responders mop up the grass fire and respond to the nearby traffic collision. The accident nearby the fire has been declared a non-injury accident.

UPDATE 2:25 p.m: A reader sent the video below to us and clearly shows first responders at the scene of the fire and the traffic accident with traffic backing up as a result of the incident.

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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