Flat fire

Strike teams and aircraft from around the area converged on the Flat fire which was caused by a truck crash near Cedar Flat off Highway 299.

A wildland fire, still burning in steep vegetation, started June 30 when the driver of a classic truck lost control and crashed near Cedar Flat Creek.

According to California Highway Patrol reports, driver Barry Howell, 56, of Eureka, was driving west in a 1955 Chevy pickup when he lost control. The report said as he attempted to regain control, his foot slipped from the brake and onto the accelerator pedal. The truck rolled onto its roof and caught fire after passing motorists helped Howell out of it.

Howell was taken to Mad River Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The fire spread uphill from the truck into roadside vegetation, bringing state, federal and private fire agencies to the scene.

In a day, the fire grew from five acres to roughly 70 acres. By Friday, there were five hand crews, three helicopters, four fire engines and two water tenders at the fire. Strike teams came from Mountain Gate Fire Department, Shasta County Fire Department, Shasta Lake Fire Department and Elk Mountain Hotshots from the Upper Lake Forest Service office.

According to Shasta Trinity National Forest reports, hose was laid up the flanks of the fire approximately 2,000 feet as helicopters brought water to higher elevations. As of Friday, STNF said no powerlines were down and no structures were threatened by the fire.

According to the Inciweb reporting system, the fire was estimated at 65 acres and considered 50 percent contained as of Monday morning.

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