A pickup truck towing a fifth-wheel trailer up Oregon Mountain caught fire Thursday, July 13, and the fire spread to grass.

The travelers were coming up the west side of the mountain on Highway 299 when the vehicle started smoking and caught fire, Weaverville Fire Chief Todd Corbett said.

The trailer had all their possessions, and a bystander helped them to use a chain to pull the trailer away from the vehicle.

In another stroke of luck, two U.S. Forest Service hand crews happened to be driving by and assisted.

The fire spread to vegetation and burned about 1.5 acres on the south side of the road. The fire was reported at around 12:30 p.m. and the Weaverville and Junction City volunteer fire departments responded, as did Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service.

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