[UPDATE 9:31 p.m.] Fire Behind Zane Middle School in Eureka
UPDATE 4:13 p.m.: Forward progress stopped.
UPDATE 4:41 p.m.: The fire reached two acres but is now just in the mop up stage.
UPDATE 9:31 p.m.: Press release from Humboldt Bay Fire:
Humboldt Bay Fire responded to an investigation of a smoke near the Eureka Dog Park, Units responding could see a large smoke column coming from the area between the dog park and Zane Middle School. Additional resources were requested. On arrival crews found approximately one quarter of an acre of grass and brush burning. Crews deployed hose lines, surrounded and extinguished the fire within 45 minutes. No structures were threatened and there were no reports of injury.
Resources used. 2 engines, 1 water tender, 1 squad and 1 Battalion Chief. 12 personnel in total. Eureka Police assisted with 3 officers that responded to a verbal fight in the wooded area behind McFarland Street.
Arcata Fire Protection provided an engine to cover Humboldt Bay Stations.
During the fire several 911 calls were received for smoke and ash in the Eureka and Cutten areas. No additional fires were found.
Investigation of the fire was conducted and electrical lines and lightning were ruled out. No obvious cause was found.
Until rain is received fires can easily start in dry grass or brush. Humboldt Bay Fire reminds our citizens to be aware of current burning restrictions and high fire danger in the state, as well as calling 911 if a fire is seen.