At approximately 9:38 p.m. scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page indicated a fire was reportedly burning near a campground along Highway 101 on the Mendocino/Sonoma county line.
Scanner traffic indicates the fire is currently three acres, burning at a slow rate-of-spread with a potential of 10 acres.
UPDATE 10:30 p.m.: Hwy 101 southbound closed due to what is being called the Clover Fire.
UPDATE 10:43 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported that the fire is about three to five acres and crews are “making good progress. However, he also stated that Hwy 101 would be closed down “for awhile.”
UPDATE 10:57 p.m.: The Mendocino County Sheriff tweeted, “CURRENT FIRE IN THE AREA OF GEYSERS RD AND HWY 101 HOPLAND. FIRE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL ARE ON SCENE, HWY 101 SOUTH BOUND IS CURRENTLY CLOSED PLEASE USE ALTERNATE ROUTE USE SITUATIONAL AWARNESS AND STAY OUT OF THE AREA”
UPDATE 11:05 p.m.: Several photos from Matt LaFever from the scene.
UPDATE 11:34 p.m.: The Clover Fire is contained and some resources are being released.
UPDATE 12:17 a.m: Incident Commander Justin Benguerel told us the fire was contained at approximately 3-5 acres and spread quickly up the hillside due to winds and low relative humidity. The cause is “still under investigation” and he assured us Highway 101 will be reopened fully for the morning commute.
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.