Styrofoam Fire Erupted Early This Morning on Highway 299, Spread to Vegetation

Early this morning, a fire ignited in a large pile of Styrofoam construction blocks that had been stored for years along Hwy 299 near Glendale just east of Hwy 101. The blaze, which was first reported at 1:23 a.m., quickly spread to surrounding vegetation.

According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page mirrored on the Lost Coast Outpost, the first reports of the fire indicated that construction equipment was on fire. Updates soon confirmed that the fire involved a large pile of Styrofoam construction material. The fire was spreading and traffic control was needed on Hwy 299.

Not long afterward, the fire spread to the surrounding vegetation as firefighters still attempted to extinguish the blaze. Crews fought the flames for hours but eventually contained it. Styrofoam is known for its flammability and difficulty to put out when it catches fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Tangled Massocells
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Tangled Massocells
15 days ago

CalTrans will be cited for environmental impact violations and the cost will be paid by the taxpayers and their lungs. Source: me.

tru matters
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tru matters
15 days ago

If it looks like Styrofoam, feels like Styrofoam, and tastes like Styrofoam.
It’s a rice cracker.
ANONYMOUS –

old guy
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old guy
15 days ago

possible bum/tweaker ignition involved

Onlooker
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Onlooker
15 days ago
Reply to  old guy

Or possible Old Guy. Speculation is pointless.

Ernie Gist
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Ernie Gist
15 days ago

I Knew I Smelled Smoke When I Took Annie, my Dog; best Friend, out At 5:30.

Mel
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Mel
15 days ago
Reply to  Ernie Gist

Thanks for the news.

Just Charge Me (taxpayer)
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Just Charge Me (taxpayer)
15 days ago

Been wondering WTH those are and why they’ve been just sitting there for years. Eye-sore…as they say…use it or lose it!

tru matters
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tru matters
15 days ago

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Jim Brickley
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Jim Brickley
15 days ago

If it’s what I think it is, they’re like Lego blocks in which you pour in concrete along with rebar. We used them for our foundation and they worked real well.

The Real Guest
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The Real Guest
15 days ago

Burning styrofoam, or polystyrene, releases toxic chemicals into the air that can be hazardous to human health.

Chemicals released

Burning styrofoam releases styrene, carbon monoxide, and other toxic compounds. Styrene is considered carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Health effects

Exposure to these chemicals can impair the nervous system, cause vision and hearing loss, and affect memory and concentration.
Environmental impact

Burning styrofoam also releases polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which can cause birth defects and contaminate the environment.

-AI-

Kicking Bull
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Kicking Bull
15 days ago

Styrofoam homes, super peak civilization

Rick
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Rick
15 days ago

Does anyone know what that obnoxious pile of styrofoam is for? At least it’s not packing peanuts… Goddess I hate those things.

Friday
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Friday
15 days ago
Reply to  Rick

Along with others, I’ve wondered what those blocks were for years. Styrofoam blocks that size are often used to build light-weight highway fill, in slide prone areas. We have several places in our area, where the highway is built on those.

Ernie Branscomb
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Ernie Branscomb
15 days ago
Reply to  Rick

EPS Geofoam is often used for road highway construction and has been across the world since the 1970’s. The use of a lightweight fill material like EPS geofoam blocks has enabled roads to be built faster, lighter, and with greater stability than they would have with other similar fill materials.

https://geofoamintl.com/geofoam-applications/road-construction/#:~:text=EPS%20Geofoam%20is%20often%20used,with%20other%20similar%20fill%20materials.

They used these blocks to build the roadbed just south of Ridgewood Hill south of Willits.
The hill is solid mud and the blocks are so light the hill doesn’t slide under the roadway.

Farce
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Farce
15 days ago

That’s a good use right there. I used to drive Ridgewood Grade daily and watch it slide some more almost daily…

Pat Bitton
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Pat Bitton
15 days ago
Reply to  Rick

I had heard they were destined for incorporation into the Indianola overpass project.

Over it
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Over it
15 days ago

That stuff was supposed to be used for construction but plans changed is what I was told. Secondly, homeless used it as a fort for camping in the back of it so I would bet that’s what started it.

Mountain Man
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Mountain Man
15 days ago
Reply to  Over it

Stored for Indianola overpass

BoffinD
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15 days ago
Reply to  Mountain Man

It was there long before the indianola overpass was approved

Korina42D
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14 days ago
Reply to  Boffin

Google maps shows them not there in 2019, there in 2021. HTH.

Farce
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Farce
15 days ago
Reply to  Over it

So…nobody monitored this storage site? They just allowed the bums to live inside of expensive and highly flammable styrofoam?! If true that is almost incredible negligence…

Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
15 days ago

It appears the minions of Satan have been let loose across the country. Mayhem, chaos, death, fire, and destruction. The rudderless vacuum is being filled alright.

Maverick Rhoyd
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Maverick Rhoyd
15 days ago
Reply to  Al L Ivesmatr

America used to use ROCK to fill the rudderless vacuum. It was more difficult for the Okies to burn. That Commie word-user Jack London tried to burn down the STEEL pipe bum camp on Cannery Row he shared with that anarchist Senator from Delaware JR Biden..How’d that work out!?

Country Joe
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15 days ago
Reply to  Maverick Rhoyd

Please define you word Okies…I was told it’s a disparaging and bigoted word.

Maverick Rhoyd
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Maverick Rhoyd
15 days ago
Reply to  Country Joe

I’ve heard said that “Happiness is: a Texan headn South with an Okie in each arm.”

eyeheartD
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14 days ago
Reply to  Country Joe

It’s a place where even squares can have a ball.

Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
14 days ago
Reply to  Maverick Rhoyd

Jack London was an interesting fellow and a great writer. His house and property in the Valley of the Moon is incredible. Now a historic state park and rarely visited. It wasn’t built from styrofoam but instead local rock. The billboard advertising champagne baths with him showing off his muscles has been there for years. He seems like he actually lived up to his words and was not afraid of meeting people outside the back of the gymnasium or bar. Now that’s really living…….

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Lost Croat OutburstD
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Lost Croat Outburst
14 days ago
Reply to  Al L Ivesmatr

Yes, a great writer and interesting bigot. If you weren’t of Northern Europe, Anglo-Saxon, British ancestry, you didn’t meet his criteria. He resented Dalmatian (coastal Croatia) immigrants who loved California for its familiar climate and who sought the American dream through hard work. They weren’t White enough for him (sarcastic font). Ridiculous bohunk peasants would work in the fields and orchards, put pennies away, buy land, put in an orchard, and name every tree. Every tree? Idiots! Brown, white, Asian, Black – – all substandard.
good writer though. You would think he’d be more sensitive.

Creosote
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Creosote
14 days ago

I hear he has been much more sensitive in his subsequent lifetimes. What were you like in your past incarnations?

StoptheplanetIwantoffD
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15 days ago

That eyesore has been there for years, can anyone explain what the plan for that material was? Somebody brought truckloads of styrofoam, covered it with sheet plastic, built a fence around it, and then left it to rot.

Bozo
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Bozo
15 days ago

Purchased for ‘fill’ at the Indianola Project. A CalTrans engineer figured it was cheaper than compacted dirt and rock.
Hopefully the toxic slime left behind the fire didn’t make it to the Mad River.

Farce
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Farce
15 days ago
Reply to  Bozo

Hmmm…are they still filling over at the Indianola Project? I thought they had the base done by now….so these were extras and never needed? Or do they now need to be bought again? I sure hope the slurry doesn’t hit the river!

Pepe la musteyD
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Pepe la mustey
15 days ago

That crap was stored there for over three years… Caltrans needs to be investigated for why they were stored next to the Mad River for this period of time. Now, the taxpayers will pay for the soil remediation and the TONS of environmental mitigation from the toxic slurry left behind. I hope heads roll, but knowing Caltrans promotes the problem!

Maverick Rhoyd
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Maverick Rhoyd
15 days ago
Reply to  Pepe la mustey

Anywhere else, Proud Americans would fashion a foam barge, tidy cabin, asbestos floors, beans, and flour; and set a course for the Yukon, gaining certain wealth, and experience and pelts along the way. But these tight jeaned Californios just lollygag around waiting for their EBT cards to re up so they can go hit Larupins again.

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Bill Harper
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Bill Harper
15 days ago
Reply to  Maverick Rhoyd

The Styrofoam lightweight fill on the Boonville grade Failed and they a rebuilding it again.

Bozo
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Bozo
15 days ago

Was by there this afternoon. Firemen saved about 2/3 of the pile.
Rest of it… ‘vanished’ (like up in smoke)… except for a black coating of soot and ash on the ground.

Korina42D
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14 days ago
Reply to  Bozo

So we’re breathing it now. Charming.

Akasha
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Akasha
14 days ago

Looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen. I’m sure somebody will start that.