Car Fire on Highway 18

On the afternoon of Tuesday January 28th a car fire started in on Highway 18. The call came in to the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station, but was then handed off to Arrowhead California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino County Fire Department. CHP Officer Jacob Greide said that the fire began for an “unknown reason” and that officers from Arrowhead CHP closed the highway for approximately 30 to 40 minutes while the firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. 

The fire completely consumed the vehicle and then started moving up the hillside “a little bit” according to Greide, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze before it became more severe or ignited any of the nearby brush.

Greide says that the driver of the vehicle had pulled over when smoke started coming from under the hood. The driver pulled over as quickly as possible as they tried to pull off the road as far from traffic as possible before the flames started coming up from under the hood. Greide said that the car didn’t appear to be modified in any way.

“It was a simple car fire,” Greide said, “Just a regular car that caught on fire.”