Friday, March 31, 2023

[UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: Forward Progress Stopped] Firefighters Respond to Vegetation Fire Burning East of Fort Bragg Along Highway 20


Scanner traffic starting at approximately 10:11 a.m. a passerby reported grey smoke could be seen on the north side of Highway 20 east of Fort Brag near mile marker 6.8.

A number of firefighting resources were dispatched to the scene and the Incident Commander confirmed a fire is burning currently 3-4 acres in size, burning in timber, and moving at a slow rate of spread.

The fire is specifically burning near Road 490A, a rural road alongside Highway 20

The Incident Commader has requested a hand crew from Willits attend to the fire and if unable, a mutual aid request will be established to bring in a hand crew from a nearby county.

UPDATE 11:02 a.m.: Additional resources have been requsted to the Bragg Incident from nearby fire districts including Mendocino Fire and Albion Fire. The Incident Commander called for a water tender and a water tender driver.

UPDATE 11:13 a.m.: The Bragg Incident is currently visible on the AlertWildfire Black Oak Camera.

UPDATE 11:29 p.m.: This screen recording of the AlertWildfire Black Oak Camera shows the smoke plume in action.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: The Bragg Incident Commander reported the fire’s forward progress has been halted and the fire’s total size measured 1.6 acres. He estimated heavy mop-up efforts will take approximately 4-6 hours.

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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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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