Utility lines run on either side of 325 Del Mar Vista. [Image from Google Maps]
Just before 3 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 325 Del Mar Vista Road in the Fickle Hill area east of Arcata. An inmate crew was requested.
The fire is under the power lines, the air attack commander reports over the commander.
Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.
UPDATE 3:27 p.m.: The incident commander says this is a one acre fire under power lines with a structure out ahead of the fire. The fire is burning in heavy fuel underneath redwoods, he said. This is primarily a ground fire. He called for additional engines.
UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: The incident commander reports that forward progress has been stopped and there is hose lay all around. In addition, he says that the fire burned closer to a half acre than the original estimate of one acre.
UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: Arcata Fire posted on Facebook:
Wildland fire season is off to an early start! Today’s fire occurred in the Fickle Hill area on Del Mar Vista Road. The fire burned less than a half acre in extremely steep and rugged terrain. No structures were lost. The cause is under investigation. Arcata, Blue Lake, Fieldbrook, Humboldt Bay, & CAL FIRE were all on scene for 3 hours putting in work. The fire was contained in an hour with an additional two hours of mop up. Special thanks to High Rock Crew 5 for putting a containment line around the fire.