A white sedan is burning on Highway 101 at milepost 129. The car’s tires have exploded and the fire has jumped off into the brush. On scene firefighter says they need mutual aid, including a water tender from Newport.
Now calling for full mutual aid.
Calling ODOT for traffic control. Big traffic back up.
Fire command has released Newport’s water tender. Sounds like they have a pretty good handle on the fire.
Sounds like the fire’s out. No reports of any injuries.
Final word: Depoe Bay Fire Chief Josh Williams says the motorist was headed northbound on 101 when he smelled something funny. He suddenly noticed that the paint on his hood was discoloring. Taking that as an omen, he pulled the car over and got out. A passing motorist called 9-1-1.
Chief Williams said that arriving units saw that the fire had blown out two of the vehicle’s tires and that it had escaped the car, ignited nearby brush and was working its way up the hill. Firefighters called for back up and got a water tender from Newport along with two state forestry units out of Toledo. Forestry crews helped to ensure the fire was dead out by cutting trees that might have caught some embers.
The car was towed. No injuries.
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