Wednesday, 04 October 2023

Highway 29 crash triggers small grass fire

KELSEYVILLE – Highway 29 was closed for a few hours Monday afternoon to allow firefighters to mop up after a small vegetation fire sparked by a vehicle fire.

The California Highway Patrol reported that a Jeep flipped over and caught fire on Highway 29 near Kelseyville Auto Salvage and Tow just after 3:30 p.m.

The Jeep fire sparked a grass fire which burned less than a quarter of an acre, according to Cal Fire, which responded to the scene along with local fire officials.

Lake County Animal Control also was called to respond to the scene because of a dog that was found loose following the collision.

Shortly after the Jeep crash was reported another collision involving a motorcycle took place to the south, according to the CHP.

A total of three people were reported injured, with two being transported to the hospital via REACH and CalStar air ambulance, which used Kit's Corner for a landing zone. A third victim was taken by ambulance to Redbud Community Hospital, officials at the scene reported. At least one person was reported with major injuries.

The Jeep crash blocked the highway and backed traffic up for nearly two miles, the CHP reported.

Traffic was diverted from Highway 29 onto Highway 175 and Highway 281/Red Hills for a few hours while the scene was cleared and firefighters mopped up the fire area.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Cal Fire said that the two fires were contained and that firefighters were mopping up the area.

The roadway was reopened shortly before 6:30 p.m., the CHP reported.

No further information about the injured parties was available late Monday.


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