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[UPDATES] Highway 101 North of Leggett Diminished to One-Lane Traffic After Car Catches Fire Lighting Nearby Vegetation

Car fire spreading near Leggett [Crop of a photo by Stephanie Vansteen]

At approximately 10:22 p.m. a vehicle drove off Highway 101 just north of Leggett, caught on fire, and now firefighters are responding after the flames spread into nearby vegetation. 

At 10:40 p.m., the Incident Commander reported the fire is currently at one-quarter acre and is burning in timber at a slow rate of spread.

The fire is currently only on the south side of Highway 101. The CHP Traffic Incident Information Page indicates one-way controlled traffic is being established.

The Incident Commander requested a medic be dispatched to the scene at 10:47 p.m.

The CHP Traffic Incident Information Page indicates the occupant of the vehicle is safe while trees are catching on fire.

There are reportedly 10-12 people on scene trying to assist.

UPDATE 11:04 p.m.: The dispatcher reported a REACH air ambulance has accepted a request to respond to the incident.

UPDATE 11:09 p.m.: The Incident Commander has reported the fire is contained. He has requested one crew continue to the scene and has cancelled a dozer and two Humboldt fire engines.

UPDATE 11:13 p.m: The California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page states the driver has been extracted from the vehicle successfully.

UPDATE 11:52 p.m. The Incident Commander reported the fire is contained and the patient has been transported to the landing zone.

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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