Saturday, 13 April 2024

Fire near The Geysers reaches 350 acres, 50-percent containment

THIS STORY WAS UPDATED AT 10:27 P.M. MONDAY.


THE GEYSERS – A wildland fire burning near The Geysers grew to an estimated 350 acres Monday evening.


The Pine Fire was reported at around noon on Monday, according to Angie Scohy of Cal Fire.


The fire was located in heavy brush off of Pine Flat Road, west of The Geysers complex and east of Geyserville, inside the Sonoma County line, Scohy said.


By the evening it has reached 50-percent containment, with officials estimating it will be fully contained on Tuesday.


Approximately 305 firefighting personnel were on scene at day's end, with one injury reported.


Earlier in the day the fire had grown rapidly in size. In the first hour and a half it had burned 150 acres, said Fire Capt. Paul Duncan of Cal Fire.


Two hours later, Cal Fire reported the fire at 375 acres, with that estimate later rolled back to 350 acres.


Scohy said the fire had a moderate rate of spread with spotting, Scohy said, adding that winds are at five miles per hour from the east.


Six residences were threatened in the fire's area, according to Cal Fire.


Residents from around Lake County reported seeing the smoke column.


Pine Flat Road in Sonoma County was closed at Red Winery Road. High tension wires also are reported in the area.


Seven air tankers and four helicopters, seven Cal Fire engines and five local engines, five local water tenders, 15 bulldozers and 12 hand crews were on scene early Monday afternoon, according to Scohy.


No information was yet available on the cause, Duncan said.


Cooperating agencies working on the fire included Cal Fire, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Sonoma County Fire, South Lake County Fire, California Highway Patrol, Sonoma County Roads, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sonoma County Sheriff, Geyserville Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services.


Suppression costs as of Monday evening were estimated at $186,000.


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