Vegetation fire near Sebastopol under control

By Camille Escovedo, Staff Writer, SoCoNews, July 21, 2021

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A small fire raged briefly in the Laguna east of Sebastopol on July 20. (Photo by Larry Robinson)

A vegetation fire 3.2-acres in size is now “under control” with its advances halted since burning east of Sebastopol city limits Tuesday afternoon, July 20, according to a Nixle alert from the Santa Rosa Fire Department sent at 5:20 p.m.

The fire burned about a mile east of the city, according to Sebastopol Fire Captain Steve Thibodeau, which the Nixle alert said blazed on an island of territory belonging to the City of Santa Rosa, south of “Highway 12/Joe Rodota Trail.”

Per Nixle, firefighters will stay to completely stamp out “hot spots.”

According to an earlier Nixle alert sent by the Santa Rosa Fire Department at 4:50 p.m., the fire didn’t threaten any structures nor trigger any evacuations. The fire sits in the Santa Rosa Fire Department’s jurisdiction.

CalFire was sending a bulldozer to the scene to dig out to the earth and create a control line around the fire to contain it, according to Thibodeau.

He said he did not know the cause of the fire yet.

“This is the third fire we’ve had up there in the last month or so,” he said.

The call for fire departments to respond came in close to 4 p.m., and those responding included the Santa Rosa Fire Department, the Sebastopol Fire Department, the Graton Fire Department and the Gold Ridge Fire Protection District.

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