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Northbound lanes of Highway 41 temporarily closed after vehicle fire spreads into brush near Road 200

A photo provided by reader Shea-Lyn Thomas of a vehicle that caught ablaze on Highway 41 near Road 200 Thursday, May 11, and sparked a fire in nearby brush.
A photo provided by reader Shea-Lyn Thomas of a vehicle that caught ablaze on Highway 41 near Road 200 Thursday, May 11, and sparked a fire in nearby brush. Submitted photo

Flames from a car that caught fire around 12:45 p.m., about a half mile north of Road 200 on Highway 41, quickly spread into surrounding brush and forced a closure of the highway’s northbound lanes as crews worked to stop the blaze.

Kaci Lutz, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol, said an elderly couple escaped from the gray SUV after it caught fire. She said the vehicle had a full tank of gas, causing it to burn out for a long period of time.

By 1:30 p.m., Cal Fire spokeswoman Jaime Williams said the fire was contained at about a tenth of an acre.

The northbound lanes of the highway were blocked at that time, and crews were using one of the southbound lanes to keep traffic flowing in each direction. The lanes were reopened about an hour later.

The cause of the vehicle fire remains under investigation.

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