Fires near Healdsburg, Valley Ford contained

Fire fighters from several local agencies had a busy Monday as they jumped on fires near Healdsburg and Valley Ford.

Local teams were joined by Cal Fire air tankers as they attacked a west Healdsburg garage fire spreading into dry brush, stopping the fire at about two acres.

The Mill Creek Road fire started at a residential detached garage and jumped into grass and brush and threatened a nearby home, according to initial reports. Calls reporting the fire on residential property came in at 11:45 a.m.

Healdsburg fire supervised the effort on the garage fire while Cal Fire organized an attack on the brush fire. Cal Fire Capt. Emily Smith said two air tankers helped douse the flames.

Mill Creek Road is a long road winding deep into a redwood filled canyon between Armstrong Woods State Park to the west and valleys west of Healdsburg.

Several coastal agencies were also sent scrambling Monday afternoon to contain two fires near Valley Ford.

The fires reported around 3:50 p.m. in the area of 15500 Highway 1 were relatively small – held to a quarter of an acre and three acres – but they sent a plume of smoke drifting over a large area of the Santa Rosa plain.

Both fires were on private farm land and never threatened any structures. The fires were contained by the quick response of local firefighters, cooperation from numerous neighboring agencies, and air attack by Cal Fire aircraft, said Valley Ford Fire Chief Matt Epstein.

No injuries were reported in either event.

Staff writer Kevin McCallum contributed to this report. You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 521-5412 or On Twitter@rossmannreport.

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