Sunday, May 28, 2023

Small Grass Fire Extinguished by Locals this Afternoon in Ukiah

Ukiah Valley Fire soaking the ground that burned minutes earlier [All pictures by Matt LaFever]

This afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. Ukiah Valley Fire Authority and Ukiah Police Department officers responded to a small grass fire that flared up in an empty lot near the intersection of Perkins Street and Hospital Drive.

UVFA Chief Buckingham told us the majority of the fire was extinguished by UPD Officers and locals with fire extinguishers before firefighters arrived on scene.

As to the cause, Chief Buckingham said it is under investigation but he has not ruled the fire being caused by a cigarette from a pedestrian or a passing motorist.

Ukiah Valley Fire Authority and Ukiah Police Officers at the scene of the fire investigation the scene

Chief Buckingham told us that as UVFA personnel arrived on scene, finished extinguishing the fire, and are now working to determine the cause.

Chief Buckingham encouraged Mendocino County resident to carry a fire extinguisher in their vehicles because it allows people to get on the fire quickly and early before it grows. That being said, it is vital residents still contact a fire agency because foliage can still continue to smolder.

Firefighters examining the fire for evidence of the cause
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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 matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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