[UPDATE Monday] Multiple Fires Started Up Tonight along Hwy 299 and Hwy 169:; Hwy 299 Now Closed
Several spot fires started about at that time along Hwy 299. Fire personnel at approximately 8:45 p.m described these as being about five acres in total, slow rate of spread, with some trees torching. Hwy 299 is closed at mile marker 24.5 and traffic is being diverted onto Chezem Road.
A second fire area has also been reported off Hwy 169. Cal Fire tweeted about 8:55 p.m that they received a report of a vegetation fire one mile west of Weitchpec.
We will update as soon as we know more.
UPDATE 10:11 p.m.: Referring to Hwy 299, the California Highway Patrol Incident page states, “Per CalFire, closure will last at least 2 more hours, [possibly the] entire night.”
Cal Fire has been unable to locate fire on Hwy 169.
UPDATE 10:22 p.m.: Quinn Fry who shared these photos with us was one of the first to report the incident. She said that she called the incident in at 8:03 p.m.
She described the flames as “scary” and said, “I had a bad feeling as I watched it spread alongside my truck. I also had a feeling that the car (or two) in front of me may have tossed a cigarette or match out. It was only 6″ tall when I first saw it…then it moved alongside our trucks as we drove almost like we were helping it up the hill with the draft off our vehicles. I pulled over once I felt safe & called 911.”
UPDATE Monday: According to Laura Coleman, spokesperson for Cal Fire, the fire is contained at 4.6 acres. Crews are mopping up.