(UPDATING) Numerous Engines Dispatched to Spreading Vegetation Fire Along Highway 299 Near Blue Lake
UPDATE, 6:55 p.m.:Calfire says via Twitter that the fire has been stopped at 25 acres in size. One building was destroyed.
Blue Incident along Hwy 299, 25 acres. Forward progress stopped. One structure destroyed. pic.twitter.com/kAc9njtcsP— CAL FIRE HUU (@CALFIRE_HUU) October 9, 2017
UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: The fire’s forward progress definitely seems to be halted, reports the Outpost’s Andrew Goff, but ground crews and several planes and helicopters are still on scene. Chainsaws can be heard up Greenhill Lane.
UPDATE, 6:20 p.m.
Outpost reporter Andrew Goff is on scene and confirms that the highway is still shut down in the area.
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.:
A helicopter and water bomber have made multiple drops on the fire.
Photos sent in by Outpost readers show just how close flames are getting to nearby structures.
UPDATE, 5:20 p.m.:
Highway 299 is completely shut down due to the wildfire, which is threatening numerous homes in the area.
According to CHP, eastbound traffic is being diverted through Blue Lake Boulevard.
PG&E reports that nearly 2,000 residents are without power in the area.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.:
According to scanner traffic, firefighters are evacuating Blue Lake Boulevard.
The fire is reportedly burning north of Highway 299, but the wind appears to be blowing toward the highway and up a nearby hill.
A helicopter and multiple spotter planes are flying over hear surveying the fire.
UPDATE, 5 p.m.:
Outpost Editor Hank Sims is on scene and reports that the fire is burning dangerously close to homes and Blue Lake Elementary.
Word came across the scanner moments ago that evacuations are being issued.
A hillside home south of Highway 299.
A multitude of fire engines have been dispatched to a vegetation fire spreading along Highway 299 near Blue Lake.
According to the California Highway Patrol incident report, the fire was ignited by a downed PG&E power line.
Outpost Editor Hank Sims is near the scene and reports that the fire seems to be spreading at a rapid pace.
Calfire issued a red flag warning today due to low humidity and strong winds which will cause any wildfires to spread rapidly.
We will continue to update as more information comes in.