Monday, 06 February 2023

Suspicious car fires take place in remote Northshore area

LUCERNE – Officials are investigating two car fires that occurred late last week in a remote area above Lucerne.


Northshore Fire Chief Jim Robbins said Monday that his firefighters responded to a report of a car on fire on Dunstan Road, located in the paper subdivision above Lucerne, at about 6:30 a.m. last Friday, March 7.


The car had been reported stolen out of Clearlake Oaks, said Robbins. Firefighters arrived on scene to find it fully involved.


Then on Saturday at about 9:30 p.m. firefighters again responded to the area, where another car also was ablaze. Robbins said that car appeared to have been previously abandoned and, again, was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters got there.


Robbins said whoever is dumping the cars is taking the license plates before setting them on fire.


The Dunstan Road area has become a trouble spot, said Robbins. “In last three months we've had three car fires up in there.”


The area is one of several slated to be gated off with redevelopment funds in the coming months, said Robbins.


The county is undertaking the gating project in order to try to stop illegal dumping, as Lake County News has reported.


Northshore Fire has forwarded a report to the California Highway Patrol on the stolen car fire, Robbins said.


In other fire news over the weekend, Northshore Fire responded to a fire at WorldMark in Nice, where a fire deployed some sprinkler heads in a room on Saturday. Only water damage was reported, said Robbins.


Kelseyville Fire reported a chimney fire occurred on Sunday night, but the fire was out by the time firefighters arrived.


No other districts reported any weekend incidents.


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