Thursday, March 30, 2023

[UPDATE: Fire Extinguished] Wildland Fire Burning in Fort Bragg Near Hare Creek— Structures Threatened

The fire near Hare Creek in a homeless encampment [Pictures and video taken by Theresa Chesmore]

Scanner traffic beginning around 1:55 p.m. indicated multiple reporting parties described a fire flaring up behind the Holiday Inn near the intersection of Hare Creek and State Route 20 in Fort Bragg.

The Incident Commander reported the fire is growing at a slow rate of spread and is slope-driven. They reported at 2:03 p.m. that structures would be threatened in “about five minutes.”

Initial reports attributed the fire to a nearby homeless encampment.

Multiple agencies are being requested to assist in the fire including CAL FIRE and resources from Mendocino Fire.

UPDATE 2:26 p.m.: A video of the initial incident was sent to us and can be seen here.

A resident watching the fire reported to us firefighters have already made significant progress in tamping down the flames.

UPDATE 2:38 p.m.: A resident is reporting that firefighters from Fort Bragg Fire, Mendocino Fire, and Cal Fire are making significant progress on the blaze and at this point concentrating on hotspots.

This picture shows smoke and steam amongst the trees where firefighters are working to dampen hot spots [Provided by a resident]

UPDATE 2:57 p.m.: These photographs provide a closer look at the site of the fire, which the resident described as an active homeless encampment.

Both Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Fort Bragg Police Department officers are on scene.

UPDATE 3:49 p.m.: The fire is contained at this point and according to a resident on scene all resources have been released except law enforcement is still there.

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.


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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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