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.
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.