“To qualify for a calamity adjustment the property must have suffered more than $10,000 worth of damage and the owner must file a claim form with the Assessor within 12 months of the date of the calamity.”
Despite recent rains, Battalion Chief Leonard explained, the fire moved quickly through grasses dried out by high temperatures and winds.
A full wildland response has been initiated and the fire is reportedly starting to crest the ridge west of the high school.
The Incident Commander reported all residents made it out and the fire is confined to one structure and is in the process of being knocked down, though he emphasized the fire is still actively burning.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.