Friday, March 31, 2023

[Update: 100% Contained] Wildland Fire Burns One Structure and Evacuations Underway Near Blue Lakes Along Highway 20

A smoke plume from the fire [Photograph provided by a reader]

A wildfire is currently burning on the western tip of Blue Lake’s, a well-known tourist destination in Lake County. The Incident Commander said the fire is currently one acre in size having already burned one structure, and growing at a moderate rate of spread.

Evacuation are underway for the Le Trianon Resort and Schutte Road, both on the western side of Blue Lakes.

The incident commander said a helicopter is currently working the fire to slow the spread.

Initial reports at approximately 1:45 p.m. described a plume of smoke being seen and the dispatcher said multiple caller reported seeing the plume.

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.

UPDATE 2:22 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported crews are making “good progress” and have cancelled the evacuation orders described earlier. Those evacuation orders were for Le Trianon Resort and Schutte Road.

UPDATE 2:26 p.m.:

The following is footage of the fire as seen from the Eden Valley AlertFire Camera:

UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: A Twitter post from Cal Fire LNU the Blue Fire is approximately one acre and firefighters are “making good progress on containment.” The tweet goes on to say there are no evacuations and “crews will be in the area working.” The tweet advised travelers to expect delays.

UPDATE 3:01 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported fire personnel are “making good progress” and said at this point they are “just working on some spots.” Multiple resources were canceled.

UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: Cal Fire LNU announced on their Twitter that the Blue Fire was in fact 2 acres “after more accurate GPS” and is now 100% contained.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. 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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