[UPDATE 7:18 p.m. 101 Open] Fire Closes Hwy 101 North of Laytonville
As of 2:29 p.m.It is burning about 10 to 20 acres, according to the Incident Commander.
The Laytonville Fire Department and CalFire ground, air & inmate assets are responding to a vegetation fire off US-101. A first responder arriving at the scene reported a “half-acre moderate rate of spread into the timber…” It is being referred to as the @Rough Incident.” …. At 2:19 pm, a first responder said, “it’s about an acre now with spotting ahead of the fire. Keep the resources coming.”
UPDATE 2:53 p.m.: According to the scanner, the Incident Commander is looking for help to provide structure defence to three homes in the area.
UPDATE 3 p.m.: The fire is within 100 feet of the three homes, according to the CHP Incident page.UPDATE 3:25 p.m.: A reader sends us these two photos showing the column of smoke rising and…a burned leaf that traveled two miles towards him. UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Local resident Leslie Gravier sends this photo showing aircraft dropping pink retardant on the fire. MVUFirePhotographer, a senior member at WildlandFire.com which is an excellent source of information frequented by firefighters, reports, “…fire is 40-45 acres with potential for 100.” UPDATE 4:12 p.m.: A windshift shows the fire heading east from Hwy 101, according to the reader who sent this photo.
UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: According to readers, the road opened. This isn’t official yet. But we have heard that some aircraft is being pulled from the fire.
UPDATE 4:55 p.m.: All lanes of 101 now open, according the California Highway Patrol Incident page.
UPDATE 5:26 p.m.: For a story of how one home was saved, click here.
UPDATE 7:18 p.m.: As of 6;45 p.m., Cal Fire reports, the fire is 50 acres and 40% contained.