Six-Acre Brush Fire Caused by Accident on Highway 79 [San Diego, CA]

Six-Acre Brush Fire Caused by Accident on Highway 79 [San Diego, CA]

Six-Acre Brush Fire Caused by Accident on Highway 79 [San Diego, CA]

Blaze Burned Vegetation after San Diego Motorcycle Collision on Highway 79

 
SAN DIEGO, CA (October 8, 2019) – A vehicle and motorcycle collision caused a six-acre brush fire on Highway 79 on October 7.
 
By 4:00 p.m., firefighters contained the burning vegetation by 76%. The incident occurred about 11:00 a.m. when a motorcycle and vehicle collided on Highway 79, near the Green Valley Campground in Guatay.
 
“Parts of the motorcycle came off that were hot and then landed in the grass,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Kurt Zingheim.
 
The collision ended with a small vegetation fire.
 
According to firefighters’ initial report, the fire burned light flashy fuels at high speed.
 
The Cal Fire contained the blaze both in the air and on the ground.
 
The incident shut down traffic in both directions of Highway 79. The CHP helped in managing traffic in the area.
 
By noon, firefighters stopped the forward spread. CalFire noted that crews will work in the area overnight.
 
Traffic was closed in both directions of Highway 79. The California Highway Patrol escorted traffic through the area.
 
“We were able to identify which trails were affected and state parks took care of any of those issues,” Zingheim said about the fire’s damage.
 
No one suffered any injury in the collision.


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