[UPDATE Sunday] Fire Burning on Island Mountain
A fire is burning on the northeast side of Island Mountain, according to traffic on the scanner. When first seen by air attack, the 1 1/2 acre fire was burning in oak woodlands and grass at a slow rate of spread off Lauffer Road which in turn is off Island Mountain Road. There are some structures in the area.
Palo Verde, Island Mountain, and Garberville volunteer fire departments, as well as Cal Fire, are responding to the scene.
According to scanner reports, a water tender belonging to the Palo Verde Department caught on fire near the Chemise
Mountain Creek bridge but this is unconfirmed.
Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.
UPDATE 5:48 p.m.: According to Laura Coleman of Cal Fire, “[A]ircraft was able to access earlier and dropped retardant and water on the incident slowing the fire. A water tender from Palo Verde responding to the incident caught fire in the engine compartment so resources were diverted to the new incident within the incident. We started additional resources when the [watertender] was taken out of service. The [watertender] driver was safe and the fire mitigated.
She said, “CAL FIRE, Palo Verde, Garberville Fire, Redway Fire, Alderpoint Fire, BLM, Forest Service” are responding to the fire.
UPDATE SUNDAY: Cal Fire tweeted, “The “Island” Incident in the Palo Verde area from yesterday is contained and in check status!! A job well done by all Local Government amd CAL FIRE responders!”