As per a Nixle alert issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, all residents displaced by the Hopkins Fire are welcome to return home as all evacuations orders and warnings have been lifted.
“Last night’s incident report from Cal Fire regarding the Hopkins Fire made public for the first time the number of structures destroyed by the blaze: a total of 30 homes and 16 non-residential structures.”
Ukiah Man Accused of Lighting the Hopkins Fire Was Photographed Gazing as the Flames Consumed Homes and Wildland
Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall confirmed with us that the individual standing on the bridge in the photograph appears to be Johnson, the suspect they arrested yesterday after surveillance footage captured him leaving the scene of the fire’s origin.
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“While I was helping defend people’s homes, we were burned over. The fire came upon us so quickly and intensely that I saw a flame ball engulf a two story house and our engine.”
20-Year-Old Ukiah Man Arrested for Starting the Hopkins Fire Which Burned ‘Numerous Structures, Threatened Hundreds of Lives’
Surveillance footage led to the identification of a 20-year-old Ukiah man Devin Johnson who has been arrested for arson. He stands accused of sparking the Hopkins fire that led to multiple homes destroyed, mandatory evacuations, and destruction of wildland.
CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Patricia Austin said these flare-ups in a muddy lake bed demonstrate “how dry the vegetation is. She added, “In the past, there was protection near bodies of water.”
The air attack commander reported that the fire is already three acres and burning at a moderate rate of spread.
“Fire personnel are actively fighting the fire in the evacuation areas and it is not safe for people to repopulate at this time.”
200 Structures Threatened But Hopkins Fire Now 20% Contained After Burning 257 Acres and Destroying a Number of Homes
Approximately 200 structures were threatened by the blaze that ripped through oak woodland yesterday afternoon filling Ukiah Valley skies with an ominous smoke column and causing mandatory evacuations in the area.