Friday, March 31, 2023

[UPDATE 8:22 p.m.: Fire Under Control] Vegetation Fire Burning Near Lake Mendocino

The Boat Incident as seen from the Ridgewood Grade AlertFire webcam

Scanner traffic indicates that a full wildland fire response has been dispatched to a vegetation fire burning near the confluence of Highway 20 and Highway 101 near Lake Mendocino.

A responding firefighter described the fire as located off of Lake Ridge Road between Redwood Valley and Ukiah south of Vinegar Point.

Nearby homes can clearly be seen near the Boat Incident

Based on what a firefighter described as a “pretty good column of smoke” building, the initial callout for local firefighters was bolstered by a full wildland fire response including aircraft and dozers.

Both Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire and Ukiah Valley Fire Authority have been dispatched to the fire.

UPDATE 7:41 p.m.: The Boat Incident Commander reported the fire as currently 1-2 acres, burning at a moderate rate of spread down the hill in brush.

Photo of the Boat Incident taken by a reader located west of the fire

UPDATE 7:44 p.m.: The Air Attack commander reported that from his vantage point the fire is currently at two acres, running towards a dirt road, and nearby structures are threatened but not immediately.

The Incident Commander has requested all resources continue their dispatch to the incident and asked them to stage near Lake Mendocino and Marina Drive.

The air attack fighting the Boat Incident [Screenshot from]

UPDATE 7:58 p.m.: The Incident Commander has closed Lake Ridge Road to traffic as fire fighters battle the blaze. He reports the fire is holding at 2 acres and suggested resources would be committed 3-4 hours for mop-up.

Pictures provided by a reader clearly show air resources working hard to knock back the flames.

UPDATE 8:21 p.m.: The Incident Commander just reported that the Boat Incident is now under control.

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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