[UPDATE 6:10 p.m.] Multiple Fires Along Hwy 299 “Spreading Quickly”

Firefighters are on a rapidly spreading fire near State Route 299.

Firefighters are on a rapidly spreading fire near State Route 299. [Photo by Mark Nelson]

A series of small fires along State Route 299 are burning approximately between Glendale and North Bank. They started about 1:14 p.m. and are “spreading quickly,” according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page.

Multiple fire departments are responding but more have been requested. A mutual aid request went over the scanner about 1:44 p.m.

Tanker 96 is on the scene, according to Flight Tracker.

UPDATE 1:54 p.m.: According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, the westbound #2 (outside lane) is being closed.

A helicopter dropping water on the fire

A helicopter dropping water on the fire. [Photo by Mark Nelson]

UPDATE 2:10 p.m.: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Twitter account just posted,

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services tweeted,


UPDATE 3:10 p.m.: According to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Savona, “Forward progress has been stopped at 2.5 acres…Crews are mopping up…The structure threat has been mitigated…The cause is under investigation.”

UPDATE 6:10 p.m.: According to Mark Nelson who took the earlier photos, there are “still a lot of fire vehicles/personnel and law enforcement both sides of hwy 299. Westbound still 1 lane. Number 2 lane closed.”



  • BOL for that brown Izuzu Trooper.

  • Some one is throwing sparks or else it’s deliberate.
    I find it hard to believe that people do things like that deliberately, but this summer has pretty much proved to me that people do.
    Might be time for Very Harsh laws where Firebugs are concerned.

    • Maybe somebody’s paying back the county for all the abatement orders…..
      Anybody thought about with the real criminals are going to do if you mess with their money? They will probably take it out of the County’s ass. I bet the county sees a bunch of Retribution coming their way! Hope not…..

    • just the other day some driver tossed a lit butt out the of the window not far from this location.

      • I saw the same thing, driver under the Glendale overpass flipped a burning cigarette out the window of a black SUV, landed 5 ft +/_ from tall dry grass a couple of weeks ago. A lot of idiots out there!

    • Sounds like it could be a chain dragging on the highway, creating sparks. Have seen this before. Hoping it is the former and not the latter, Mobius.

  • I witnessed a company truck (don’t know the company) pull back onto Glendale dr half way between lower Fieldbrook road and the PGE power station. The tow chain was dragging. A 2nd truck a ways away also pulled back onto to the road neading east. Tjat is all it takes. The Carr Fire

    • Carr fire was started by a travel trailer that’s brakes overheated and caught fire going down Buckhorn summit, not a chain. But a lot of fires are caused by trade chains dragging…

  • Heli just left and the line is nearly connected, looks like it’s a wrap.

  • Neighbor works out in Korbel, said he saw a motor home towing a trailer with kayaks on it, right about in this area The trailer had no rubber on 1 of its tires Glad the fire is out now

  • Yay! Great work, everyone! This one was way too close to home for me.

  • I saw same motorhome and kayaks with it’s trailer disengaged pulled over to side of 101 onramp from 299. CHP quickly left scene and went to fire site. Timing right for possibly starting fire.

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