Wednesday, October 4, 2023

[UPDATES]Crews Battle River Fire in Cloverdale

The River Fire burning on the edge of Highway 101 [All pictures from Angela Cordova]

Firefighters are battling the River Fire in Cloverdale that ignited in the riverbed on the east side of Highway 101 and has reportedly jumped a lane now burning in the center divider.

Fire resources were initially dispatched around 2:20 p.m. to McCray Road near the Cloverdale River Park and had success suppressing one fire only to find another had lit up nearby. Air resources are responding.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m.: The Air Attack Commander reported that the fire has grown to five acres burning in grass, brush, and woodland, and the crews were getting close to containing the fire.

THE CHP Incident Information page states the fire in the center median and near Highway 101 has been extinguished.

UPDATE 3:42 p.m.: Ground and air resources continue the work to contain the River Fire and CHP has been requested to assist with traffic control.

These pictures were provided by Tom Patton who drove nearby the River Fire and captured how close the incident was burning along Highway 101.

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Fire burning along Highway 101 this afternoon in Cloverdale [Picture by Tom Patton]
An impressive smoke column building above the Sonoma County town of Cloverdale [Pictures by Tom Patton]

UPDATE 5:18 p.m.: Smoke from the Banks Fire has reduced significantly and all the aircrafts and some ground resources have been released.

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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