Yesterday afternoon the Old Fire ignited on Yokayo Ranch Road southeast of Ukiah prompting evacuation warnings and a multi-agency response before firefighters got control of the flames.
Ukiah Valley Fire Authority Battalion Chief Eric Singleton revealed the Old Fire resulted in one patient airlifted due to burns, a trailer and home destroyed, and the death of three dogs.
Miraculously, while firefighters mopped up the scene, a fourth dog emerged from the burn area, clearly suffering from burns, and sought the care of the firefighters on scene. Battalion Chief Singleton told us they were able to provide immediate medical care and the dog is now in the care of Mendocino County Animal Control and expected to survive.
The burn victim reportedly fled their home where the fire ignited, suffering burns, and ran to a neighbor alerting them which proved the first contact to authorities regarding the fire.
Ground and air resources converged on the fire and were able to stop it at one acre. A trailer and a house were destroyed.
The cause of the Old Fire remains under investigation.