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Hopkins Fire Burns Multiple Structures in Calpella North of Ukiah (Interview With Battalion Chief)

A home burning in the Black Oak Estates as the Hopkins Fire continues to spread. [Photo by Matt LaFever]
A home burning in the Black Oak Estates as the Hopkins Fire continues to spread. [Photo by Matt LaFever]

Multiple homes and other structures burned today after the Hopkins Fire started at about 2 p.m. Our live videos from the incident showed at least 20 structures in flames or ashes this afternoon as we reported live from the scene.

We spoke to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Drew Rhodes at the Incident Command post this evening. Below is his interview.

Rhodes told us that with better mapping the fire was estimated to be about 275 acres and 15% contained but that a helicopter was doing the more precise work that would allow firefighters to understand the entire footprint of the fire.

According to Rhodes, the fire started the west side of Eastside Cappella Road and “it ran all the way to Lake Mendocino.”

All evacuation orders and warnings are staying in effect “so we can focus on the fire,” Rhodes told us.

Fire personnel will be trying to get hand or dozer line around the fire tonight. And, then, they will be working to deal with hot spots for a couple of days.

Below is video we took as we drove/walked through the Black Oak Estates. Multiple structures burned. The video shows some of what survived and what didn’t.

Below is another view of one of the structures in flame.

A home burning in the Black Oak Estates as the Hopkins Fire continues to spread. [Photo by Matt LaFever]
Another view of the home burning in the Black Oak Estates as the Hopkins Fire continues to spread. [Photo by Matt LaFever]

Earlier chapters:

Mandatory Evacuations as Fire Burns in Riverbed near Calpella’s Hopkins Street

Scenes of Horrific Devastation Coming From Mendocino County as Hopkins Fire Roars Through Calpella

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