Flat fire

A firefighting helicopter dumps water onto the Flat fire Downriver on Wednesday, July 1.

The Flat fire, started by a vehicle accident on Highway 299 near Cedar Point, Downriver, is said to be at 25 percent containment as of Thursday morning. According to Shasta Trinity National forest reports, the fire has reached about 70 acres in size.

Currently, there are five hand crews, three helicopters, four fire engines and two water tender trucks working on the fire, which is burning up a steep hillside. No structures are threatened at this time.

According to California Highway Patrol, driver Barry Howell, 56, was driving west on Highway 299, when his foot slipped from the brake onto the accelerator pedal. Howell’s 1955 Chevy truck rolled onto its top and caught fire after he was helped from inside by passing motorists. He was taken to Mad River Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The highway is reduced to one lane with five-minute delays as firefighters work in the area.

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