Saturday, December 3, 2022

Owens Fire Update: 60% Contained, Dry and Windy Conditions Making Spot Fires Possible

The Owens Fire, as of seven o’clock this evening, stands at 60% containment— a 40% increase from this morning’s CAL FIRE Incident Update. The cause, according to CALFIRE, is still “under investigation.”

Today, firefighters worked to hold and improve containment lines. The dry and windy weather conditions are creating potential that spotfires can flare up, so firefighters will remain at scene overnight to strengthen the depth of the containment lines and extinguish hotspots if needed. They will also be working the 36 acre burn area to mitigate any hazardous trees.

The Caltrans Quickmap indicates that both lanes are slowed near the site of the fire. This is associated with one-way controlled traffic from 1.8 MPM south of Point Arena at Moat Creek to 0.3 MPM south of Point Arena at Curley Lane.

As of this evening, there are five fire engines, four water tenders, one helicopter, and four hand crews working the fire for a total of 102 personnel.

Yesterday the Owen’s Fire began at 3:11 p.m. near the intersection of South Highway 1 and Billows near Point Arena and swelled to 36 acres in the afternoon wind.

The fire resulted in the evacuation of approximately fifty homes which were actively threatened before the fire’s foward progress was stopped.

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