Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Meadow Fire: 90% Contained, Crews Continue to Mop Up and Patrol the Burn Area

The Meadow Fire on Tuesday afternoon before firefighters gained control [Picture from CAL FIRE Mendocino]

CAL FIRE’s latest Incident Update about the Meadow Fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon in the hills east of Anderson Valley offered good news.

The fire is currently at 90% containment. 44 personnel are still staffing the incident focusing on strengthening containment lines, mopping up any hot spots, and patrolling the fire area.

The fire grew to 16.54 acres on Tuesday afternoon before a significant ground and air response were able to halt its spread.

CAL FIRE’s Incident Update

For a sense of comparison, let’s review Mendocino County’s fires in 2022 that took place in what is referred to as the state resource area (CAL FIRE’s jurisdiction).

  • The largest fire of the year was last Sunday’s Bell Fire burning 43 acres along Bell Springs Road.
  • The second largest was the Owens Fire which lit up on May 20 near Point Arena burning 36 acres and prompting evacuations.
  • The third largest was the Nome Fire which burned 20 acres of land near Covelo on July 5.
  • In comparison, the Meadow Fire proved the smallest fire of the year thus far only burning 16.54 acres.

But, take note. Three of the four Mendocino County wildfires that ignited within CAL FIRE’s state responsibility this year occurred within the last three weeks. The vegetation is getting dryer. The risk of wildfire is only growing at this point.

With that, we will leave you with CAL FIRE’s Homeowners Checklist for Fire Preparedness. Plan for the worst; hope for the best:

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
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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