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UPDATE: Big rig fire that spread to trees and brush knocked down near Lake Shasta

Redding Record Searchlight logo Redding Record Searchlight 11/5/2020 Damon Arthur, Redding Record Searchlight

A big rig fire that had spread to the surrounding trees and brush along Interstate 5 near Lake Shasta has been knocked down, firefighters at the scene reported on emergency radio traffic.

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze said it "has spread into the brush and it's going pretty good," according to emergency radio traffic.

The firefighter at the scene requested an additional engine to help fight the fire.

A passenger in the truck reportedly had chest pains and was suffering from smoke inhalation, according to scanner traffic.

The incident was first reported just before 5 p.m. and the fire was spreading into the surrounding woods about a mile south of the O'Brien Rest Area in the northbound side of I-5.

The fire had grown to about a half-acre, according to an official at the scene.

Damon Arthur is the Record Searchlight’s resources and environment reporter. He is among the first on the scene at breaking news incidents, reporting real time on Twitter at @damonarthur_RS. Damon is part of a dedicated team of journalists who investigate wrongdoing and find the unheard voices to tell the stories of the North State. He welcomes story tips at 530-338-8834 and damon.arthur@redding.com. Help local journalism thrive by subscribing today!

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