Monday, December 5, 2022

[UPDATE: 100% Contained]Wildfire Burning on the South End of Ukiah

The Laws Fire burning in the southern hills of Ukiah [Photo by Peter Armstrong]

Scanner traffic indicates that a fire is burning near the south end of Ukiah near the intersection of Canyon Drive and Rosemary Lane. Ground and air resources are responding to the incident

The Incident Commander reported that the fire is currently a 1/2 acre in size burning in grass and oak woodland. The fire is reportedly burning at a moderate rate of spread with the potential to grow to 3-5 acres.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office issued the following situational awareness alert in response to the fire:

UPDATE 2:21 p.m.: The fire is approximate one-acre in size now and fire retardant is successfully stopping its progress. A firefighter at scene reported there is a structure towards the upper edge of the fire that could be threatened.

Fire retardant being dropped on the Laws Fire [Picture from Peter Armstrong]
The Laws Fire as seen from the Alert Wildfire Hopland Camera

UPDATE 2:27 p.m.: Firefighters at scene are observing the fire seems to be slowing and do not believe air resources are needed for more retardant.

First responders are shutting down roads nearby the fire to control the area. The closures are centered around South Dora and first responder are still pinning down the exact area.

UPDATE 2:34 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported the fire’s forward progress has stopped. Fire lines are strengthening and the fire is holding around one-acre. Helicopters will continue water drops.

Road closures have been established as described in the following tweent by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

UPDATE 2:46 p.m.: The following Twitter from CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit gives an overview of the resources deployed to the Laws Fire and images from overhead.

UPDATE 2:53 p.m.: Air and ground resources are describing the fire as looking “really good” as they solidify the firelines.

The following video shows the initial smoke column of the fire and it diminishing in size as crews gain control of the fire:

UPDATE 4:18 p.m. Fire suppression efforts are continuing this afternoon but the road closures have officially been lifted.

UPDATE 5:14 p.m.: CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit provided a final incident update. The fire grew to approximately 1.5 acres and is currently at 100% containment.

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 journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. 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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