Thursday, March 30, 2023

[UPDATE: Contained] Vegetation Fire Burning Near Lake Pillsbury in Mendocino National Forest

[Stock photo taken by Matt LaFever]

Scanner traffic around 7:45 p.m. indicated that fire resources are being deployed to a remote area within the Mendocino National Forest near Lake Pillsbury due to a vegetation fire.

The dispatcher reported the fire is located near the intersection of Elk Mountain Road and Old Eel River Road. The fire is reportedly two acres in size and is growing at a moderate rate of spread.

Both CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit personnel and CAL FIRE Sonoma/Lake/Napa Unit are responding to the scene.

UPDATE 9:32 p.m.: A map from NASA’s Fire Information for Resource Management System shows a heat signature on the northwest side of Lake Pillsbury, within the burn scar of the last week’s prescribed burn. It stands to reason that this evening’s vegetation fire is a flare-up from that burn.

UPDATE 8:08 p.m. 4/9/2022: Despite attempts to get more information on this incident from officials, the only update obtained was provided by Captain Butler of the Lake Pillsbury Volunteer Fire Department. He told us the fire was contained.

Because the fire is on federal land, more information will have to wait till Monday when employees return to the office.

Lastly, we were provided this image of the fire from last by a local.

UPDATE Monday, April 11, 2022, 12:03 p.m.:

We were finally able to speak with an official with the United State Forest Serivce about this weekend’s wildfire. Read the article below:

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.

This is the approximate location of the fire


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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