According to scanner traffic, at 7:30 am a vegetation fire was reported burning in the Western Hills of Ukiah on Orr Springs Road near milepost 40. Resources are responding to that and at least one other incident in Mendocino county this morning.
“Higher potential for wildfire starts in proximity to thunderstorms due to lightning. Any fires that develop may spread rapidly due to the combination of dry fuels and low humidity.”
“While briefly heavy rainfall and erratic, gusty winds
may accompany these storms, they will be rather fast moving from
south to north. This, along with ongoing low humidity values and
very dry fuels will favor fire starts due to lightning.”
Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall has confirmed that the individual suspected of lighting six fires in Ukiah on August 12, 2020 has been arrested. According to the booking log, the suspected arsonist is named Alberto Vincent Acosta and is being charged with arson of structures, forest land, and arson during a state of emergency.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Finding Arsonist Responsible for Ukiah Fires
“If anyone living in the following areas has security camera footage of the outside of their home depicting the person described in this press release, during the time frame of 4:50 PM to 6:57 PM on 08-12-2020, then please contact the Sheriff’s Office Tipline by calling 707-234-2100.”
Multiple fires (at least four) have broken out around Ukiah. Law enforcement is searching for a Hispanic or Indian male with a ponytail wearing all black clothing on a bicycle as a possible suspect in starting the fires, according to the scanner. Thank you to our sister site […]
“Thunderstorms will be most likely over the interior mountains, particularly Trinity, eastern Del Norte, and northeast Mendocino county. Heat and low humidity will be prevalent everywhere outside of the immediate coastline, and gusty winds will be most likely across higher terrain.”
“…we arrange to have a chipper crew come chip all of the limbs and brush and either scatter or haul it away – which significantly reduces the cost and labor involved in making your neighborhood and home safer in the event of a wildfire.”
According to scanner reports at approximately 6:30 pm, the fire is holding at approximately 50 acres burning structures as well as timber and oak woodlands.
A vehicle fire in Round Valley has rapidly evolved in to a 20 acre wildfire dubbed the “Logan Incident” with a moderate rate of spread and is a direct threat to nearby structures. The fire started at approximately 3:00 pm and is located near Highway 162 and Logan Lane.