A suspect driving an unknown vehicle allegedly ignited a vegetation fire in Cloverdale tonight using what law enforcement is describing as an “incendiary device”.
A regional Be On the Lookout has been issued including Mendocino County where the suspect is thought to be driving northbound on Highway 101.
Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page indicate a grass fire flared up around 9:09 p.m. south of Cloverdale near the intersection of Dutcher Creek Road and Theresa Drive.
The reporting party relayed to the dispatcher they heard what they thought could be a gunshot or a vehicle backfiring at the time the fire was ignited. By 9:27 p.m. the fire was extinguished. Shortly afterward, the regional BOLO was issued for the suspect. At this point, authorities do not have a clear make or model of the suspect vehicle.
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