UPDATE 3:35 p.m. — Forward progress has stopped on the Timber Fire, which grew to nine acres and is now 45% contained, according to Cal Fire Mendocino’s Chief George Gonzalez. He noted that incoming marine layer was changing the direction of the smoke, resulting in an increase visible smoke in north county, including Longvale and Laytonville.
UPDATE 12:35 p.m. — After doing a thorough GPS measurement around the fire, the size of the fire has been downgraded to about five acres. Cal Fire is not using any aircraft to fight the fire. They have had easy access to the fire, and have made good and quick progress against this fire with it’s slow rate of spread. In addition, a major storm is expected late tonight, bringing substantial precipitation, further reducing the risk that this fire might grow.
UPDATE 9:05 a.m. — We have this small update from the Brooktrails Fire Department:
There is currently Wildland Fire northwest of Brooktrails Township. It is currently 5 acres in the timber and smoke may impact Brooktrails. Units are at scene and there is NO threat to residents at this time. We will update with information as we progress though out the day.Brooktrails Fire
WILLITS, 3/13/20 — A small wildfire, dubbed the Timber Incident, is burning north of Brooktrails in the vicinity of Sherwood Peak, along Timber Rd. As of 7:30 a.m. estimates were putting the fire at 10 acres in size, with a slow rate of spread and burning in forest land.
The fire is far enough north that no structures are currently threatened, and according to the Brooktrails Fire Department’s Facebook page, “Units are at scene and there is NO threat to residents at this time.” A reader is stating that they reported the fire at around 2:30 a.m., and that the fire is burning on the southwest slope of Sherwood Peak. This information fits with the other information we are receiving.
Smoke may be visible and smelled from Brooktrails. Brooktrails Fire, and Cal Fire are responding, it is possible that Little Lake Fire is also responding, though that has not been confirmed.
We will continue to update as the situation develops.