Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Firefighters Converge on Escaped Controlled Burn on Ukiah’s South End

Image from ALERTCalifornia Cow Mt camera

A controlled burn escaped its lines this afternoon on the south end of Ukiah and firefighters are working to contain its spread.

Originally report around 2:46 p.m. located in the area of Oak Knoll Road and Fircrest Drive, when firefighters got to the scene they described the fire as terrain driven, having a slow rate of spread, and between 1-2 acres in size.

By 3:10 p.m., the fire had been reduced to three-quarter acres in size and units were being asked to stage.

Firefighting fixed-wing aircraft were initially deployed by canceled as ground resources work to control the perimeter. A helicopter is above the fire actively observing its behavior.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office issued the following situational awareness message to the community:

Situational Awareness: Wildfire in the Ukiah area, near Oak Knoll Rd and Fircrest Dr, No further action needed at this time, Use caution and avoid the area.

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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  1. Escaped control burn? Really? It was almost 3 pm. Starting May 1st, you must have a burn permit, only on permissive burn days, between 9 am-12 pm. Cal Fire needs to enact a burn ban now.

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