Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Grass Fire Flares Up Near Ukiah’s Costco

[Stock photo from Matt LaFever]

Scanner traffic beginning around 1:32 p.m. indicated that a vegetation fire ignited in the grass field west of Ukiah’s Costco.

The Incident Commander arrived and said that the fire is approximately one-quarter acre in size burning in the grass field

Law enforcement near the scene is searching for three Hispanic males in a silver vehicle who reportedly shot off some sort of flare or roman candle which sparked the fire and were seen driving away from the scene.

UPDATE 1:44 p.m.: The fire’s forward progress was stopped.

Law enforcement has issued a countywide Be on the Look out for the three men and the vehicle, described as an older model Mitsubishi last seen in the area of Commerce Drive and Hastings Road.

UPDATE 2:56 p.m.: These pictures of the grass fire were sent to us by Peter Armstrong, a firefighter and photographer with the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority:

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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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