[UPDATE 10:54 a.m.] Multiple Fires Burning Along 299 and One at King Salmon
At least one of the fires is reported on the scanner to be over five acres. The fire pictured above is reported to be under control by a witness, Mark Nelson. We have reporters headed to two of the fires.
Cal Fire is responding with lights and sirens to a fire near Blue Lake as of 4:42 P.M.
UPDATE 4:53 p.m.: “Eastbound 299 is to remain close,” reports the Incident Commander over the scanner. He also said that one fire is burning around mile marker 13, one fire is out, and there are no fires burning east of mile marker 17.
UPDATE 5 p.m: The Incident Command is now at mile marker 12.86. on Hwy 299.
UPDATE 5:01 p.m.: The fire at King Salmon is reported to be a small grass fire.
UPDATE 5:03 p.m.: According to scanner traffic, law enforcement is looking for a possible arsonist headed eastbound on 299 in a white van.
UPDATE 5:16 p.m.: Bobby Kroeker our reporter, sends us this photo and video from the King Salmon fire.
UPDATE 5:22 p.m.: Another video from King Salmon.
UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: Cal Fire reports, “Vegetation Fire in the Green Hill Area; multiple air and ground crews are at scene; approx. 10 acres.”
UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: Cal Fire says there are multiple incidents and reminds everyone this is Red Flag Warning weather when flames are most likely to spread quickly. All the fires together likely total 10 acres is what they are reporting. The fires are burning in brush and timber with timber slash.
According to Battalion Chief Laura Coleman, there are “probably around 6ish [fires]. [I]t is hard to tell from the plane and many burned together by the time ground got there.”
UPDATE 5:49 p.m.: Photo and video from Mark McKenna, our reporter on the scene on Hwy 299.
UPDATE 7:20 p.m.: Dozers are now coming in and staging at the weigh station. The fire continues to burn at mile marker 13.6. Here’s a video of the flames climbing into trees.
UPDATE 7:28 p.m.: Hwy 299 is now almost completely open. There are hot spots where there is only one lane traffic from mile marker 12 to 14 roughly.
UPDATE 7:57 p.m.: “We anticipate having containment prior to the early morning,” says the Incident Commander.
UPDATE 10:54 a.m.: Cal Fire tweeted this morning, “The “Green Hill” Fire is Contained at 10 acres; re-mapping occurring in daylight today to confirm acreage; no life threat.”