[UPDATE 9:31 p.m.] Fire Behind Zane Middle School in Eureka

Fire at Zane Middle School.

Fire at Zane Middle School. [Photo by Donald Wilkes]

At approximately 3:10 p.m., firefighters were sent to a fire behind Zane Middle School in Eureka. Crews discovered approximately a 1/4 acre of grass blazing. The good news is that there is already a road around the area and firefighters sound positive.

Fire at Zane Middle School.

[Photo by Donald Wilkes]

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.



  • Pretty soon all the California is going to be on fire I just pray to God it never comes close to my place

    • Well, if you’re in California, you won’t escape if your prediction is true. But the fact is that anywhere in the arid West, the question is of “when,” not “if.”

  • Thank you Firefighters! Watch out for discarded City of Eureka needles! Remember, it’s only a misdemeanor to give our courageous first responders hepatitis or Aids now…

  • One guess who did it.

  • Luckily it looks like someone kept the pfoperty reasonably maintained. Part of the school I suppose.

  • Our fire fighters are really good; the best!

    Nobody would bother setting fires up here, too few people up here; if the Medo. county ones were arson, any arsonist like down south would just leave us alone, we are our own thing up here. And our firefighters are the best!

  • These fires don’t start themselves. Some fire bug throwing lit cigarettes or something, fires are popping up everywhere..

  • The answer is blowing in the wind, ignighting power lines and sparking /arcing into dry tinder.
    if it was an arsonist they were unbelievably busy!

  • fuckwalterwhite.com

    “Eureka Police assisted with 3 officers that responded to a verbal fight in the wooded area behind McFarland Street.”

    So…bums are to blame?

    • Couldn’t have been bums. Probably a local scout practicing for his merit badge.
      I’m sure that spoon, melted syringe, and tourniquet were part of his first aid kit.

      Yeah, I’m making shit up but, I’ll bet the paraphernalia was there.

  • Very glad this fire was stopped before it got out of hand.

  • For all you people that have your wood stoves burning to keep your house warm already, please get a mr. Heater or something. It is not safe to have a fire yet…

    If your neighbor is one of those dumbasses with a fire going already please say something, it’s amazing how many people simply do not understand how dangerous it is.

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