UPDATE 6:00 p.m. — The MCSO has canceled the evacuation warning for Vichy Springs since the fire has been extinguished.
CANCEL the previous issued EVACUATION WARNING for the areas north of Vichy Springs Rd, East of Redeymeyer Rd, and South of Lake Mendocino. Thank you for your cooperation.
UPDATE 2:13 p.m. — Firefighters have made huge progress against the fire near Vichy Springs, with helicopters making frequent drops. Smoke is no longer visible. Resources are being canceled and sent back to fight the River and Ranch fires. Firefighters are reporting over the scanner that the fire has been “knocked down,” and is under control, but units will remain on the scene to mop up.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office did issue an evacuation warning, for the area, about seven minutes ago at 2:10 p.m.
MCSO issued an EVACUATION WARNING for the areas north of Vichy Springs Rd, East of Redeymeyer Rd, and South of Lake Mendocino due to a fire in the area. Residents are advised to be ready to evacuate the area immediately. More info will be released when it is available.
— Mendocino Sheriff (@MendoSheriff) August 1, 2018
UPDATE 2:00 p.m. — The Vichy Incident has seen a tremendous response, with tankers and copters that were on the River Fire quickly being diverted over to the fire, as well as a response with several fire engines from CalFire and the Ukiah Valley Fire authority.
Aircraft are making good progress, and the fire is holding at 5 acres. Forward progress in the direction of a subdivision has been stopped, but the fire was growing somewhere towards a more wooded area.
However, a reporter on the seen tells us that the smoke plume is decreasing rapidly.
UKIAH, 8/1/18 — A new vegetation fire has broken out on Vichy Springs Road, and at least one structure is threatened, according to scanner traffic. The fire is between five to ten acres and growing rapidly, but the helicopters are hitting it hard. The fire is being called the “Vichy incident.” A massive response is underway by CalFire and Ukiah Valley Fire authority, including an air response. We have a reporter in the area and will update as more information is available.
Climate change is no joke, and hot, dry conditions certainly up the likelihood of fire.
But we suddenly seem to have them breaking out all over the place. It’s starting to look a bit suspicious. Is someone behind this?
No, just stupid people and lots of bad luck.