Wednesday, October 4, 2023

[UPDATE: 3:14 p.m.]Wildfire Breaks Out Near Piercy

The Pepper Fire as seen from the Alert Wildfire Webcam

Scanner traffic beginning around 2:20 p.m. indicates a 1-2-acre vegetation fire is burning near Piercy near the Mendocino/Humboldt County line.

The CHP Traffic Incident Information Page indicates the fire is growing quickly

A full wildland fire deployment has been initiated to the 81000 block of Highway 271 where the Pepper Fire is reportedly located. Both air and ground resources are on their way.

UPDATE 2:41 p.m.: The Pepper Fire is now reportedly 3-5 acres in size with the potential to grow to 10-20 acres. It is reportedly burning in a nearby river bottom.

UPDATE 2:49 p.m.: Air resources are now working the Pepper Fire and concurred with the fire’s growth potential being 10-20 acres.

[Screenshot from FlightRadar24.com]

This photograph of the incident was sent to us by Tina Colafranceschi:

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The Pepper Fire photographed by Tina Colafranceschi

UPDATE 3:05 p.m.: Smoke from the Pepper Fire is diminishing.

Only light smoke from the Pepper Fire now at 3:04 p.m.Only light smoke from the Pepper Fire now at 3:04 p.m. [Photo from the AlertWildfire Pratt Mt Cam]

UPDATE 3:14 p.m.: Scanner traffic from the Pepper Fire indicates that Copter 102 is making a forced landing near Confusion Hill. The Oil Temp Light is malfunctioning.

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: Gretta Van Kirk took this video footage of the Pepper Fire as it burned through vegetation:

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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