Friday, March 31, 2023

[UPDATE: Contained]Vegetation Fire in Covelo

[Stock photo by Matt LaFever]

A quarter-acre vegetation fire is reportedly burning on a Covelo hillside near the intersection of Rifle Range Road and Refuse Road threatening a nearby, unoccupied trailer.

The Incident Commander described the fire as a quarter-acre in size burning in timber and slash at a slow rate of spread. He added the area is associated with vehicle fires in the recent past.

Scanner traffic began around 7:50 p.m. indicating a reporting party witnessed a “small fire burning on the hillside” in the area.

A second reporting party described the fire as approximately a half-acre in size with an unoccupied trailer threatened by the flames.

UPDATE 8:24 p.m.: This photograph of the incident was sent to us by a Covelo resident:

The vegetation fire throwing up flames and smoke [Picture provided by a Covelo resident]

UPDATE 8:43 p.m.: The Incident Commander relayed to dispatch that the fire has been contained measuring at .12 acre. He added there was no trailer involved. Crews will be on the scene for approximately two hours mopping up the incident.

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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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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