[UPDATE 12:22 a.m.] “Large” Fire Starting Near Cooks Valley by the Humboldt County Line
According to a report at 10:12 p.m., the fire is on the
west side of 101 and is about a half-acre near the southbound Piercy offramp. The firefighters are requesting that 101 be closed.
Piercy and Laytonville Fire have been requested. A suspect vehicle related to an earlier possible arson fire north of Bell Springs Road may have been spotted near Richardsons Grove, according to a report on the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page.
Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.
UPDATE 10:30 p.m.: There are two fires near Piercy but it is unclear exactly where.
UPDATE 10:43 p.m.: According to Robin Fleckless, a Willits area resident who just drove by, a fire is burning on the east side of Hwy 101 after passing the Piercy exit heading south by the Riverview Ranch where the Harley Run has been held in past years.
UPDATE 10:48 p.m.: According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, the smaller fire is contained and the “larger fire will likely be contained shortly.”
The site also describes a possible vehicle belonging to an arson suspect as a brown Isuzu Trooper type SUV. Please let law enforcement know if you see something suspicious. Remember though this is a POSSIBLE suspect vehicle.
The highway is currently open.
UPDATE 11:33 p.m.: Hwy 101 is not being affected by the fire, according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page.
UPDATE 11:37 p.m.: Here is a photo from Adona White showing the fire burning to the east of Hwy 101 earlier tonight.
UPDATE 11:43 p.m.: Here is another view from the west side of 101 looking east from earlier.UPDATE 12:22 a.m.: Although we have no official word, descriptions from residents indicate that the fire is being brought under control.