Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Meadow Fire Stands at 95% Containment—Forecasts Indicate ‘Very Dry’ Fuels Starting Next Week

Crews working the Meadow Fire [Picture from CAL FIRE Mendocino]

The Meadow Fire that ignited on a remote hillside above Anderson Valley on Tuesday afternoon has reached 95% containment since yesterday evening.

This morning’s CAL FIRE Incident Update shows they are dialing back the number of firefighters working the burnsite from the 44 reported yesterday evening to 27 this morning.

This morning’s Meadow Fire Incident Update provided by CAL FIRE

As temperatures rose into the mid-late 90s, the Meadow Fire began at 12:25 p.m. sending a black smoke column skyward. Near the intersection of Black Oak Ridge Road and Lone Tree Ridge Road, the fire grew to 16.54 acres before ground and air resources successfully stopped its forward progress.

Two structures were destroyed as a result of the Meadow Fire. At this point, it is unclear what structures were specifically destroyed, but a series of photographs posted on Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office social media shows what appears to be a greenhouse still smoldering in the burn area.

What appears to be a greenhouse in the burn area of the Meadow Fire [Picture posted by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

Residents nearby should expect to see firefighters over the next few days as they continue to “patrol the fire area.”

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North Ops Predictive Services is a branch of the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center that publishes a weekly “Fire Danger Outlook” designed to “provide fire management personnel with an area-wide” forecast. For an overview of how to use this document, read their explanation here.


Looking into next week, Mendocino County is predicted to experience “very dry fuel levels” resulting in a “much higher normal chance of large fire when accompanied by a critical trigger event.”

In the spirit of prevention, we will leave you with this infographic from CAL FIRE about best practices when using outdoor equipment to mitigate the risk of sparking a wildfire:

[Infographic from PreventWildfireCA.org]

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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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