UPDATE, 4/12/21 — You may have smelled the familiar scent of summer wafting down from Ukiah’s west hills today, as Cal Fire conducted its prescribed about six miles from town. Cal Fire will be burning on private land, as a fire prevention measure, through Friday. All that burning means that air quality took a bit of a hit, with the Ukiah Valley registering some unhealthy conditions for parts of the day:
As this pattern may repeat for the rest of the week, sensitive groups may want to take some precautions.
MENDOCINO Co., 4/8/21 — California saw drastically little rain this winter, and wildfires typically not seen until mid-summer have already broken out across the state, including a number of planned burns that have grown out of control. As part of an ongoing vegetation management plan, Cal Fire is planning a prescribed burn west of Ukiah starting Monday, April 12 and running through Friday, April 16.
The burning will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and smoke and aircraft will likely be visible throughout the Ukiah valley. The burn will occur on private property approximately six miles west of Ukiah between Robinson Creek Road and Low Gap Road.
Here’s the announcement:
Mendocino County, CA– The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Mendocino Unit personnel plan to conduct a prescribed burn planned for Monday, April 12, 2021, through Friday, April 16, 2021, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, weather and air quality conditions permitting. The burn will take place on privately owned land, approximately 6 miles west of the City of Ukiah, between Robinson Creek Road and Low Gap Road.
The prescribed burning being done under this Vegetation Management Program (VMP) project will be conducted under specific climatic conditions to ensure control and minimize air quality and other impacts. Smoke and aircraft will be visible from in the area.
The burn will be conducted under very tight restrictions for the personal safety of firefighters and area residents. If there are any indications that the burn cannot be conducted in a safe manner, such as high winds or local fire activity, the burn will be canceled. CAL FIRE reminds all residents that their safety is of the utmost concern.