Scanner traffic indicates a full wildland fire response has been dispatched to the “Kibbey Incident,” a fire burning across three acres near the border of Mendocino National Forest.
The dispatcher told responding firefighters the fire is made up of multiple fires in a three-acre area. Locals were reportedly attempting to extinguish the fires.
The fire’s location is described as between Mid-Mountain Road and Kibbey Peak in light brush. The dispatcher mentioned the fire could be burning in an area that was burned during the Redwood Complex fires.
UPDATE 3:16 p.m.: Multiple firefighting aircraft are currently over the fire. The scanner indicates one of the pilots is preparing to drop retardant on the fire.
UPDATE 3:46 p.m.: Ground units are attempting to make access to the location of the fire. The terrain is rugged and difficult to navigate. A responder suggested units use the old logging road along the Eel River to make access. A firefighter told dispatch they are working on getting fire retardant around the fire.
UPDATE 4:00 p.m.: Air resources have reported they have successfully surrounded the fires with retardant. The incident commander told dispatch the focus now was to get ground resouces into the fire.
UPDATE 4:07 p.m.: Upon making access to the Kibbey Incident, firefighters have updated the fire’s total size to .5-1 acre. Ground crews are making access via Forest Road 17N25.