Wednesday, March 29, 2023

[UPDATE: Burns 11.9 Acres] Vegetation Burns Along Railroad Tracks on the North End of Ukiah

[From the AlertFire Webcam]

At approximately 4:50 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to a vegetation fire burning along Ukiah’s North State Street near the Thurston’s Auto car dealership. 

Initial reports described the fire as one acre in size and burning along a railroad track. The Incident Commander reported the fire had the potential to spread 10-15 acres.

According to CA Fire Scanner, a private site but a respected, long-term commenter on fires, this incident is known as the Pallini Fire. The site described how the Incident Command had requested a helicopter to assist with water drops and a single air tanker was overhead then returned to Ukiah. The fire was described as having “limited potential boxed in by the creek, roads & industrial properties, final update unless something changes.”

At one point in the AlertFire Redwood Valley webcam, a column of black smoke could be seen burning.

[Photograph provided by a reader]


A reader told us there has been a single firefighting aircraft on scene and as of 5:24 p.m. the fire seems “mostly out.” The reader said it was “shocking how fast it burned up the entire field. Like from nothing to black in five minutes.”

UPDATE 5:46 p.m.: An updated acreage provided by the Incident Commander estimated the fire at this point has burned 5-10 acres.

UPDATE 5:57 p.m.: This video of the Pallini Fire was provided by Briann Boatwright:

UPDATE 7:02 p.m.: The Incident Commander provided an updated acreage of Pallini Fire describing it as 11.9 acres.


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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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