[UPDATE 3:36 p.m.] Escaped Controlled Burn ‘Moving Quickly Uphill’ North of Fortuna

vegetation fire iconAbout 3:15 p.m., a controlled burn was reported to have escaped in the 100 block of Finch Creek Road north of Fortuna. (This is not far from the northbound Ferndale exit.)

According to dispatch’s account from the reporting person, the fire was “moving quickly uphill.”

A firefighter reporting from the scene said, “This is going to be 100′ x 200′ spot fire.”

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

UPDATE 3:36 p.m.: Forward progress on the fire has been stopped, according to the Incident Commander.



  • Sharpen your pencil

    Not too controlled…

  • Nearly as bad as Forest Service letting their controlled burn escape to become the Grape fire!!! Except I doubt these people who let it escape were trained firefighters who are supposed to know better!!!

  • Controlled by whom???? 🙂

  • No one evidently!!!

  • a 100′ x 200′ spot fire in early May near the ocean is really no big deal… and it was reported stopped 21 minutes after the original reported escape… hopefully whoever was in charge learned something useful.

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