[UPDATE 9:17 p.m.] Carr Fire: Map, Detour for 299 Closure, etc.
As of this morning, 299 is still closed in both directions. A detour is available though. Eastbound traffic is detouring south on Hwy 3 at Douglas City and then connecting with Hwy 36 and continuing east to I-5. Trucks larger than 65′ have to choose a different route. See here for more information.
Hot temperatures and low humidity this week will feed the flames. Today, temperatures could rise to 108 degrees and humidity dip to less than 15%.
Firefighters will be trying to keep the fire north of Hwy 299 where it has not yet crossed the road. They will also work to keep it east of the Lewiston Turnpike Road, west of Grizzly Gulch Road, and south of the area known as Drunken Gulch.
For more details on evacuations and road closures, click here.
UPDATE 9:48 a.m.: Caltrans tweeted, “Closure is expected through the day, as fire crews continue their work. Eastbound closure at Buckhorn Summit & westbound closure at J.F. Kennedy Memorial Road.”
UPDATE 11:50 a.m.: Cal Fire is now saying that the fire is 3126 acres and 15% contained. The good news is that no structures have been destroyed, they said, and there has been no injuries. The cause of the fire is listed as mechanical failure of a vehicle. For more information, click here.
Caltrans is stating that 299 is likely to remain closed through today.
UPDATE 9:17 p.m.: Cal Fire says the Carr Fire is now at 3126 acres and 24% contained.
Earlier Chapter: Fire Near Whiskeytown Closes Hwy 299