Yesterday’s Blue Fire ignited on the Mendocino/Sonoma County line burning through five acres of riverbank and hillside before the flames were beaten back.
Patricia Austin, the Public Information Officer of CAL FIRE Mendocino, told us the Blue Fire was a “one and done” sort of incident. Investigators are still working to determine the ignition source.
Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 2:45 p.m. and just over an hour later the Incident Commander reported the fire had been contained. Firefighters would mop up the area for the next several hours to ensure anything burning was extinguished.
Austin explained the fire proved an opportunity for partnership between CAL FIRE’s Mendocino and LNU Unit.
Because the fire lit on the county line, which is also the boundary between the two CAL FIRE administrative units, both units responded. (This map shows the boundaries of CAL FIRE’s administrative units}
The fire was located near the intersection of Geysers Road and Blue Ridge Rock Products Road burning vegetation in the Russian River bed and then taking off uphill into an adjacent hillside.