Saturday, June 3, 2023

[UPDATE: Reopened]Highway 101 Closed North of Willits After Tree Falls on Powerlines

[Stock photo by Matt LaFever]

Highway 101’s north and southbound lane are being shut down by officials north of Willits near Oil Well Hill after a tree fell on powerlines causing smoke and flames.

Officials have closed both lanes as they attempt to secure the scene and clean up the roadway.

Adding to the complexity, there is a medical situation at the Creekside Cabins and RV park north of the closure that Willits-based paramedics can no longer tend to so Laytonville resources are responding.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates that Highway 101 has reopened and traffic is moving in both directions.

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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  1. Didn’t they just spend 6 months and millions of tax payer dollars clearing trees between Reynolds Highway and Simmons Ridge road. I’m pretty sure that includes Oil Well Hill…

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