Two Acre Fire Shuts Down Northbound Lane of Hwy 101 Near Freshwater Lagoon

Fire burning by ocean

[Photo from Cal Fire]

A brush fire which was reported about 5:40 p.m. is burning on the mountain near Freshwater Lagoon south of Orick. The northbound lane of Hwy 101 is shut down. Caltrans has been requested to respond to the scene.

According to Cal Fire spokesperson, Laura Coleman, the fire is currently two acres. “There was a Structure threat at the beginning that has now been mitigated so there is no longer at structure threat,” she said.

Two tankers, one Air Attack, and one copter are supporting multiple engines at the scene. Besides Cal Fire, there are National Parks, Arcata Fire and Orick Fire battling the blaze.

Helicopter fighting the fire alongside Hwy 101. [Photo by Anna Brown]

A Cal Fire helicopter dipping for water in a lagoon. [Photo by Anna Brown]

A Cal Fire helicopter dipping for water in a lagoon. [Photo by Anna Brown]

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4 comments

  • And how many rainbow trout did that helicopter take? Do you have to have a fishing license before “dipping”?

  • Looks like someone threw out their cigg butt….. WOW what an expensive ashtray!

  • Cigarette butt?I see people throwing them out their window all the TIME DUMBASSES!!! The ash tray is there for a reason. I hope that’s not what happened,butttttt

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