[UPDATE 7:38 p.m.: Forward Progress Stopped] Fire Growing Near Willits; Structures Threatened

The vegetation fire as seen by the AlertFire Ridgewood Grade Webcam

The vegetation fire as seen by the AlertFire Ridgewood Grade Webcam

A vegetation fire southwest of Willits first reported about 5:20 p.m. has resulted in a full wildland dispatch including ground and air resources. The California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page and scanner traffic indicates the fire is near the intersection of Black Bart Drive and Ridgewood Road. About 5:47 p.m., the Bart Incident Commander reported the fire has grown to ten acres, is growing at a moderate rate of spread, and structures are threatened by the blaze. He described the fire burning down a south slope and a southwest wind pushing it. Four air tankers have been dispatched to the Bart Incident. Five additional engines have been requested for the Bart Fire.

Aircraft circling over the Bart Fire. [Screenshot from FlightRadar]

Aircraft circling over the Bart Fire. [Screenshot from FlightRadar]

UPDATE 5:55 p.m.: Scanner traffic Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies are reporting they are in the immediate area of the fire with an arson suspect.

UPDATE 5:58 p.m.: Cal Fire Mendocino tweeted, “Initial Report of 10 acres of grass, moderate rate of spread, structures threatened, Willits, Ridgeview Rd cross of Black Bart Drive.”

UPDATE 6:05 p.m.: Timelapse of fire growing starting about 40 seconds in.

UPDATE 6:11 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates deputies are still investigating an individual thought to be associated with the fire and suspected of committing arson. The suspect is described as an Indian, male adult, approximately 50-years-old and is associated with an abandoned vehicle in the area. He was last seen riding away on a bike.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: According to a tweet by Cal Fire Mendocino, “Update: approx 15 acres of grass, structures threatened- Fire resources are at scene actively battling this fire: 11 Engines, 3 Water Tenders, 4 Hand Crews, 3 Dozers, 2 Chief Officers, 2 Helicopters, 4 Air Tankers and 1 Air Attack assigned- Willits, CA”

UPDATE 6:39 p.m.: The following situational awareness advisory was issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Nixle Alert system: “Situational Awareness – Wildfire in the vicinity of Willits 16000 Ridge View Rd and Black Bart Dr. Wildfire in the vicinity of Willits 16000 Ridge View Rd and Black Bart Dr, (Zone 1LLV24) No evacuation orders or warnings at this time. Please use caution and avoid the area. Please only Call 9 1 1 for emergencies.”Nixle Alert UPDATE 7 p.m.: Cal Fire Mendocino Unit Chief tweeted, “Making excellent progress, fire holding around 20 acres! SOme o the aircraft being released! Great Job!”

UPDATE 7:38 p.m.: The Bart Fire’s forward progress has been stopped, according to a Facebook post from the Cal Fire Mendocino Unit Facebook page.

An Incident Update released by Cal Fire indicates that one outbuilding was destroyed by the fire.

An Incident Commander reported to dispatch the fire was approximately 13 acres in size while the Cal Fire Incident update said the fire was 20 acres.

The Facebook post states “fire resources will remain at scene working to build containment lines and extinguish hot spots.”

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Bisco707
Bisco707
3 months ago

Up on Blackhawk seems like getting it can’t actually see flames…..

Bisco707
Bisco707
3 months ago

Planes are gone think we are gonna be okay, thank you fire fighters!!!!!

VMG
VMG
3 months ago
Reply to  Bisco707

Thanks Ms Kemp and RHBB for timely fire information!

Lynn H
Lynn H
3 months ago

Did they ever catch a person setting a fire in that same area last time? I think the last fire right around there was also suspected to be arson.

Charge the person with $%^@# attempted murder if you catch him!

CJ
CJ
3 months ago
Reply to  Lynn H

Yikes! I hope it wasn’t arson. But you never know these days. We have some of the best firefighters. Can’t thank them enough!!

Lynn H
Lynn H
3 months ago
Reply to  CJ

“UPDATE 6:11 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates deputies are still investigating an individual thought to be associated with the fire and suspected of committing arson. The suspect is described as an Indian, male adult, approximately 50-years-old and is associated with an abandoned vehicle in the area. He was last seen riding away on a bike. “

El barto
El barto
3 months ago

Domestic Terrorists= Arsonist

Lady Blue
Lady Blue
3 months ago

I agree with CJ. We have some of the best firefighters around volunteering their time (and well-being) to keep us all safe!
Remember to generously donate to your fire crews when you can!!
May God bless you all!!

Sherry
Sherry
3 months ago

I live close to the blackbart fire and I want to thank the fighters, we have the best

Sherry
Sherry
3 months ago

I live very close to that fire and I want to thank our firefighters, they are the best

Mendolady
Mendolady
3 months ago

Awesome fire response!!
Not too clever to start a fire that is practically right across the road from the CDF….,,,..

Grin Reaper
Grin Reaper
3 months ago

Honest question: Is that a Indian from India or a Native American?

Don Matta
Don Matta
3 months ago
Reply to  Grin Reaper

Exactly what I was wondering!!!

Kym Kemp
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Kym Kemp (@kymk)
3 months ago
Reply to  Grin Reaper

Native American. Law enforcement quick code describes black men as BMA (Black male adult) a white female juvenile as WFJ and Native American adult males are IMA (Indian Male Adult). etc.

The Real Brian
The Real Brian
3 months ago

@ Kym

Good fire started SW of hayfork from last night lightning…

*scratch that. Better view shows it to be close to Shasta/Trinity border…perhaps Wildwood or Platina area.

Kym Kemp
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Kym Kemp (@kymk)
3 months ago
Reply to  The Real Brian

Thank you!

Martin
Martin
3 months ago

A big thank you to our fantastic firefighters! People that commit arson and convicted should spend time jail. They can be taken out with some of the other inmates and trim grass, cut brush, etc., along the highways. I believe people that set fires all the time have a mental problem and need some help. In reply to the Grin Reaper above, I am sure it was a Native American. People from India don’t seem to have this problem in their country or here in the US. I am not blaming our Native American people, as we have whites and African Americans that set fires also.

Martin
Martin
3 months ago

We have been described as “white” for as long as I can remember. I guess we could just drop all the different names and call everyone “people.”

Bisco707
Bisco707
3 months ago
Reply to  Martin

I like that, let’s drop the labels and just be humans, can’t we all just get along heh

Probably not……