The Owens Fire near the Mendocino County coastal town of Point Arena burned 36 acres of wildland and as of this morning stands at 20% containment.
A CALFIRE Incident Update indicates that despite gusty winds yesterday, firefighters were able to halt the wildfire’s forward progress. Last night, the goal for fire resources was strengthening containment lines and mopping up.
Firefighters are expected to be in the area the next few days patrolling and mopping up any hotspots. The Owens Fire, fueled by gusty coastal winds, threatened fifty structures and resulted in a mandatory evacuation order in the area of the fire that has since been lifted.
As of this morning, there is one-way controlled traffic from 1.8 miles south of Point Arena at Moat Creek to .3 miles south of Point Arena at Curley Lane. The Caltrans Quickmap indicates that Highway 1 is open to one-way, controlled traffic.
A significant number of fire resources converged on the Owens Fire including 19 fire engines, 4 water tenders, and 4 hand crews for a total of 176 fire personnel. Air tankers from around the state also deployed fire suppression efforts from above.
The Owens Fire began yesterday around 3:52 p.m. near the intersection of Bill Owens Road and South Highway and within 20 minutes grew to 12 acres in size. By 6:00 p.m., the smoke column had diminished significantly and by 9:03 p.m. the evacuation orders were lifted.