Sunday, July 21, 2024

The Bell Fire Now Stands at 44 Acres and 85% Containment

The Bell Fire nears structures yesterday afternoon [Screengrab from a video taken by Virgil Scigla]

The Bell Fire quickly grew into one of the most significant fires of Mendocino County’s 2022 fire season yesterday afternoon as it threatened homes along one of the North County’s iconic rural roadways.

Located off of Highway 101 between Laytonville and Leggett on Bell Springs Road, the fire reportedly ignited near a landmark known as Blue Rock around 4:00 p.m. and quickly spread.

As of this morning’s Incident Update from CALFIRE, the burnsite has been measured to be 43 acres in size and currently stands at 85% containment.

At least six firefighting aircraft converged on the fire and reports of citizen firefighting efforts led by residents appeared on Bell Springs Road Facebook community pages.

CALFIRE announced there were no injuries/fatalities and no structures destroyed, though information published by a firefighter on one of the community Facebook pages indicates a chicken coop did burn down.

Mop-up and patrol efforts will continue today. Scanner traffic from the last hour indicates that multiple units are being sent home as mop-up efforts prove successful.

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Matt LaFever
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I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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