The Timber Fire, currently burning near the 31000 block of Sherwood Road and Timber Road northeast of Willits, prompted evacuation orders this morning, which have now been reduced to warnings, and reportedly burned at least one structure.
Initial reports described the Timber Fire as approximately 3-5 acres burning in timber and grass, burning at a slow rate of spread. The Incident Commander reported that at least one structure was actively involved and multiple others were threatened.
At approximately 4:48 a.m. the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office issued the following Nixle Alert regarding the reduction of initial evacuation orders to warnings:
EVACUATION MANDATE LOWERED TO WARNING FOR TIMBER RD AND 31000 BLK SHERWOOD RD B ROOKTRAILS FIRE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE ON SCENE PLEASE USE SITUATIONAL AWARNESS AND STAY OUT OF THE AREA. TIMBER ROAD IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AT THIS TIME
At the fire’s beginning, requests were made for Covelo Fire, Leggett Fire, Piercy Fire, Brooktrails Fire, and Ridgewood Ranch Fire to assist with the incident.
Hi-lo sirens were utilized to initiate the evacuation orders that have since been reduced to warnings.
UPDATE 8:19 a.m.: The following update on the Timber Fire was published on the Brooktrails Township Fire Department Facebook page:
Early this morning, we responded to a vegetation fire in the area of Sherwood and Timber Roads. While responding, we coordinated with the Sheriffs Department to evacuate the immediate area due to the time of day and known residences in the area. We arrived to find approximately 3 to 5 acres threatening structures. Swift action by responding units kept the fire away from the structures and contained the fire in quick order. All evacuations have been lifted. Also responding were Cal Fire, Little Lake Fire, Ridgewood Ranch Fire, Laytonville Fire, MCSO, and Willits PD.
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.