RV fire on Highway 20 in Penn Valley snarls traffic (VIDEO)
A faulty transmission or oil line likely caused an RV to catch fire Thursday afternoon on Highway 20, destroying the vehicle and reducing traffic to one lane for about two hours, authorities said.
The fire started around 1:15 p.m. in the eastbound RV, near Poker Flat Road. The driver of the 40- to 50-foot vehicle stopped the RV, unhitched the car he was towing and rescued dogs he had with him, said Capt. Josh Miller, with the Penn Valley Fire Protection District.
“The RV was a total loss,” Miller said.
The out-of-town driver spoke with officers before leaving for a hotel, he added.
The blaze burned about a 30-by-75-foot area of grass that could have grown out of control without firefighters extinguishing it, Miller said.
The fire reduced the highway to one lane for about two hours, the captain said.
Five engines, three water tenders and an ambulance responded to the scene. Fire crews extinguished spot fires in the area to prevent the blaze from spreading into surrounding vegetation.
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