[UPDATE 1:15 p.m.] Fire on M Street in Arcata

Smoke rises from a fire burning in the vegetation on M Street in Arcata.

Smoke rises from a fire burning in the vegetation on M Street in Arcata.[Photo provided by a reader]

A fire is burning in the 1400 block of M Street in Arcata. Firefighters were dispatched about 12:20 p.m.

UPDATE 12:32 p.m.: According to the scanner, there may be a need to evacuate campers if there are any.

UPDATE 12:33 p.m.: Law enforcement is closing down Alliance Road in the area, according to scanner traffic. Please avoid it.

UPDATE 12:39 p.m.: Firefighter getting into the green area where the fire is burning.

Firefighters are having to hike a bit to access the fire.

Firefighters are having to hike a bit to access the fire. [Photo fromMark Nelson]

UPDATE 12:44 p.m.: This is next to an old mill site. Firefighters are getting a handle on the fire and Alliance may reopen soon, according to our photographer Mark McKenna who is on the scene.

Firefighters are getting control.

Firefighters are getting control. [Photo by Mark McKenna]

UPDATE 12:50 p.m.: According to scanner traffic, Alliance Road is reopening. The fire burned in a field near the green belt.

The fire is controlled. Now there is just mopup, say firefighters

The fire is controlled. Now there is just mop up, say firefighters. [Photo and following video by Mark McKenna]

UPDATE 12:58 p.m.: Firefighters are spraying down the smouldering field at the edge of the treeline. [Video by Mark McKenna]

UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: According to Arcata Fire Chief Justin McDonald, this was initially called in as a debris fire. Then it was upgraded to a vegetation fire. Personnel were tied up in a medical call so other agencies were called. The fire didn’t get through the green belt where there were three homeless camps. But no structures were burned and there were no injuries.

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