Smokey Bear Escapes Fiery Fate When Firefighters Crush Flames Quickly

Traffic collision

Traffic collision [Photo provided by Shelter Cove Fire]

Yesterday, about 2:13 p.m., a vehicle rolled over on Shelter Cove Road near the Shelter Cove Fire Station and its iconic Smokey the Bear statue. Cheryl Antony, Public Information Officer for Shelter Cove Fire said she called the accident into Emergency Dispatch.

“The car flipped onto its side and hit a power pole,” she explained. “It started a wildland fire. The flames were about 15 feet high…The power went out…The wind was blowing hard. Smoke got heavier…I thought we might lose the firehouse.”

traffic collision [Photo by Shelter Cove Fire]

The traffic collision caused the grass to catch fire. The flames damaged the pole and the nearby wooden fence before they were extinguished. [Photo by Shelter Cove Fire]

However, as the firefighters were close by, they were able to get to the flames and put them out quickly with only minor damage to the fence and pole. Power was out for a short time, according to Antony, but backup generators filled the need.

Smoking Smokey.

Smoking Smokey. [Photo by Susie Fox]

The driver received minor injuries to her hand. “We had to cut her ring cut off her,” Antony explained. She was transported to Garberville Hospital.

Smokey’s statue commands the Shelter Cove fields and sands still.




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