Scanner traffic starting at approximately 6:55 p.m. indicated there is an active fire burning on Willits’s Quarry Road. Firefighters and Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies are en route to a location on Quarry Road via Cropley Lane where there are “two RVs and a vehicle fully involved” with possible spread into wildland.
A responding deputy is reporting hearing multiple “little explosions” emanating from the location.
MCSO deputies on scene are going to various residences around the fire warning them of a potential evacuation.
The following Nixle Alert was issued by MCSO:
CURRENT FIRE IN THE AREA OF CROPLEY LN IN WILLITS. FIRE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL ARE ON SCENE, PLEASE USE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND STAY OUT OF THE AREA.
UPDATE 7:14 p.m.: The fire has been reportedly contained, as per scanner traffic, and MCSO is ceasing its evacuation warnings.
UPDATE 7:21 p.m.: The following photographs of the Willits structure fire smoke plume were provided by various residents:
UPDATE 7:29 p.m.: The Incident Commander is estimating fire resources will be on scene for 1-2 hours to mop-up.
The following photographs was published by MCSO on their Facebook page:
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.