[Update 1:50 p.m.] Hwy 299 Is Not Slated to Close Today
UPDATE: 1:40 p.m.: Betsy Totten from Caltrans District 1 has confirmed that Hwy 299 is not currently slated to close today.
We’ll be calling the Forest Service and getting an update on the area soon.
UPDATE 1:50 p.m.: According to a spokesperson for the US Forest Service, there were concerns that the highway might have to close. “There was one spot fire yesterday,” the spokesperson explained. “The crews got that contained. They worked on it throughout the night.”
A new fire management team has taken over the incident and the spokesperson said, “We’ve just transitioned from one incident management team to another. They are still out there taking a look at it…. We’re going to do everything we can to avoid closing the highway because that’s a pretty big impact. But at this point… we are not looking to close the highway.”
Caltrans will be closing Hwy 299 later today due to an upswing in fire activity on the River Complex. Check the map here for the most current information check the Quickmap. Fire crews will be attempting to hold the Ridgetop Road east of Ironside Lookout Road to minimize impacts to Highway 299. Check out our map of the River Complex here for more information. Here’s a screengrab of the map below.