Wednesday, October 4, 2023

[UPDATE: Fire Contained,5 Acres]Vegetation Fire Burning Near Mendocino/Sonoma County Line Along Highway 101

The smoke plume from the #BlueFire can be seen from the Geyser Peak Alert Wildfire camera

Scanner traffic beginning around 2:30 p.m. indicates firefighters are being dispatched to the Blue Fire burning near the intersection of Geysers Road and Blue Ridge Rock Products Road.

Based on the given location, the vegetation fire is less than an acre burning along Highway 101 near the Mendocino/Sonoma County Line.

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page states that the fire is burning on the east side of Geysers Road, burning in the brush and it jumped a road.

A dispatcher relayed a description of the fire as currently one acre in the river bottom and one acre along a roadway.

UPDATE 2:48 p.m.: A firefighter at the scene requested law enforcement begin to shut down Geysers Road.

UPDATE 2:57 p.m.: Air resources are hitting the fire from above. One pilot described not being able to make their drop due to ground personnel in the way.

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[Screenshot from FightRadar24.com]

Footage from the Geyser Peak Alert Wildfire camera shows there is still smoke emanating from the area, but comparatively much lighter than when the incident began.

Smoke from the Blue Fire as seen at 2:59 p.m. from the Geyser Peak Wildfire Camera

UPDATE 3:11 p.m.: Some air resources are being released from the Blue Fire.

The CHP Incident Information page state that the southbound off-ramp onto Geyser Road has been closed.

UPDATE 3:13 p.m.: Crews are gaining control over the Blue Fire. The Incident Commander just reported fire’s spread uphill has been stopped and efforts will now focus on the river bed.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: The smoke from the Blue Fire has diminished significantly. The Geyser Peak Alert Wildfire Camera does not show any discernable columns or plumes of smoke.

UPDATE 3:58 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported the Blue Fire has been contained growing in size to approximately 5 acres.

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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