Press release from the Arcata Fire Protection District:
Arcata Fire District units responded to a reported house fire at 6:17 p.m. last night in the Valley West area. The Valley West fire dispatch occurred two minutes after Arcata Fire District engines were notified of a vegetation fire off the trail at the Vista Point in McKinleyville. One Arcata engine and a CalFire engine responded to the Vista Point fire while the other units responded to Valley West.
The initial report placed the structure fire in the 3100 block of Boyd Road, but the first engine arrived at Giuntoli Lane and Boyd Road and updated the location as being in the Valley West Mobile Estates off of Monterey Drive. When they arrived at scene, Lt. Ross McDonald reported that there was one mobile home fully involved, a second mobile starting to burn, and a third threatened. McDonald had his crew establish a water supply and used large hand lines to protect the exposures and control the main fire.
The fire reportedly started in a single-wide mobile home at 5136 Monterey Drive that was unoccupied and had been condemned and spread to the house at 5126 Monterey. The house to the north of the main fire also sustained damage. No injuries were reported at the fire on Monterey Drive. Arcata Police and Fire District personnel are working together to investigate the cause of that fire. No damage estimated is available.
A total of four engines and 20 fire personnel responded to the fire on Monterey Drive. Humboldt Bay Fire and Blue Lake Fire responded to the scene and assisted with station coverage. Loleta Fire also provided a cover engine. Red Cross personnel were contacted by Arcata Fire and assisted the family that was displaced by the fire.
According to Fire Chief Desmond Cowan, "Having multiple calls occurring at the same time creates a major challenge for any department. The fire at Vista Point was small enough to be handled by one Arcata engine and CalFire, and our automatic aid agreements with our neighbors are crucial to helping us in these situations. These fires really highlight the staffing and response needs of this community."
The Arcata Fire Protection District exists to protect the lives, environment, and property of the communities of McKinleyville, Arcata, Sunny Brae, Manila, and surrounding areas.