Friday, March 31, 2023

Structure Fire in Willits

Fire engine at scene of the Locust Incident [Crop of an image provided by a Willits Resident]

A 7-year-old child reportedly has been rescued from a burning home in the 1200 block of Locust Street off of Walnut Street in Willits as of 9:30 p.m., according to reports over the scanner. Little Lake Fire Chief Chris Wilkes has confirmed this fire did occur destroying an accessory building and and damaging two others but he specified there was no rescue of a 7-year-old child. This reporting came from initial scanner reports that proved to be incorrect.

Multiple nearby structures threatened. Access is difficult to the area.

The Locust Incident sent a plume of smoke into the air [Picture provided by Christina Marie Navarro]

UPDATE 10:21 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported the Locust Incident has been held to two structure and crews will be mopping up the area for 1-2 hours.

Firefighters at scene [Picture provided by a Willits resident]

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.



  1. It would be awesome if people could avoid the area. I watched a firetruck blare it’s horn at a pickup that wouldn’t move as it was trying to get down Locust Street. Our fire crews don’t need the delays.

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