WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Cape Foulweather: Car fire that escaped into the brush

Ken Potter got this picture of the fire being put out.  Firefighters kept the fire from spreading too far into the brush.

Ken Potter got this picture of the fire being put out. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading too far into the brush.

Jess Johnson got caught in traffic that was backed up while firefighters chased down the brush portion of the fire.

Jess Johnson got caught in traffic that was backed up while firefighters chased down the brush portion of the fire.

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.

4pm
Now calling for full mutual aid.

Calling ODOT for traffic control. Big traffic back up.

4:45pm
Fire command has released Newport’s water tender. Sounds like they have a pretty good handle on the fire.

5:00pm
Sounds like the fire’s out. No reports of any injuries.

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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.

SPECIAL THANKS TO KEN POTTER AND JESS JOHNSON FOR PASSING ALONG CELL PHONE PHOTOS OF THE SCENE. ALWAYS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. SUCH HELP ALLOWS NEWS LINCOLN COUNTY TO BE JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME, WHICH IS A GREAT SERVICE TO EVERYBODY. THANKS AGAIN YOU GUYS!!

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