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IVFD Assisted California Firefighters with Putting Out US Highway 199 Blaze

The Illinois Valley Fire District assisted California firefighters and citizens in putting out a weekend fire off Redwood Highway near the Collier Tunnel.

On Saturday at 2:15 p.m., IVFD, Gasquet Fire, Cal-Fire the US Forest Service and the National Park Service responded to a small vegetation fire at milepost 34.5 of US Highway 199.

IVFD officials said arriving units found the fire being extinguished by bystanders who pulled over as well as a nearby property owner. They said the citizens did a fantastic job in stopping the blaze from spreading into the surrounding wildland.

The small fire was mopped up and lined by firefighters before being turned over to Gasquet Fire to continue operations. The California Highway Patrol assisted with traffic control while the scene was active.

Officials said the cause of the fire was under investigation, but it may have started from a faulty catalytic converter on a passing vehicle.
Posted on 5/20/24 6:02AM by Sam Marsh