Lake County fire contained along Highway 29, firefighter injured

Cal Fire and Lakeport firefighters carry an injured inmate firefighter along the fire line at the Bottle fire in Kelseyville on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. (KENT PORTER/ PD)


A car crash on Highway 29 in Lake County ignited a brush fire Tuesday that grew to about 75 acres before a large response by firefighters on the ground and in the air mostly corralled the blaze by nightfall.

CHP Sgt. Josh Dye said two vehicles involved in the crash were traveling in opposite directions near another accident, where there was traffic control, when they collided about four miles south of Kelseyville. One vehicle ended up in a field, where it ignited grass.

Authorities temporarily closed Highway 29 and Bottle Rock Road and issued voluntary evacuation notices along those roadways and Soda Bay Road nearest the fire. No structures were reported damaged or destroyed.

More than 100 firefighters, plus four air tankers, three helicopters and six bulldozers helped achieve containment over at least 50 percent of the fire by 7:30 p.m., Cal Fire reported.

One firefighter was injured. Details about the extent of the injury were not immediately available.