Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Three Days After Ignition, the Bell Fire is Now 100% Contained

Firefighters survey the burn area of the Bell Fire [All photographs provided by Michelle Delean Fordyce]

CAL FIRE Mendocino had some good news for residents of the Bell Springs community this morning: the Bell Fire is 100% contained.

On Sunday, July 17 around 4:30 p.m., the Bell Fire ignited in the dry, warm wind of a summer afternoon along Bell Springs Road just south of the prominent landmark known as Blue Rock. The vegetation proved ready to burn as the fire pushed through dry grass and into nearby timber.

A firefighter near the burn area of the Bell Fire

CALFIRE ground and air resources partnered with local fire agencies such as Bell Springs Fire to gain control of the flames, protecting lives and property.

The previously reported fire size remains accurate at 43 acres. The fire’s cause is still characterized as “under investigation”.

No structures were destroyed or damaged and neither firefighters nor civilians were injured as a result of the fire.

This image captures the proximity the fire got to structures along Bell Springs

Fire resources are expected to be patrolling the area of the Bell Fire for the next few days taking care of any flare-ups and monitoring the recovery efforts.

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As of today, there are a total of eight CAL FIRE personnel still assigned to the fire.

Once again, fires like these incidents highlight the mutual aid practiced by our firefighting resources in Mendocino County. Bell Springs Volunteer Fire Department is a passionate group of community members who volunteer their time and risk their lives to protect their friends and neighbors

Please, consider supporting the Bell Springs Fire Department by attending their plate dinner with live music and games at Tan Oak Pak on August 13. If you cannot attend but would like to donate, go to their website and click the “Donate” button.

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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 matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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