11 fires doused Saturday along Hwy. 101

Arcata Fire and Cal Fire Humboldt-Del Norte Unit were dispatched to a series of vegetation fires alongside U.S. Highway 101 between Clam Beach and Murray Road in McKinleyville Saturday afternoon, June 22.

Joint efforts with Arcata Fire Protection District, Cal Fire, Westhaven Fire, Blue Lake Fire, Humboldt Bay Fire, Caltrans and CHP resulted in successful containment of the fires before they spotted across the highway and potentially threatened homes in the area.

A bucket from a loader reportedly fell off a trailer and was dragged down the highway, showering the side of the road with sparks which ignited the fires. The investigation into the fires continues.