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Semi truck fire burns 10 acres, closes Highway 41

Firefighters battled a 10-acre blaze that began with a semi truck and spread to the grass on Highway 41 near the border between San Luis Obispo and Kern counties on Thursday.
Firefighters battled a 10-acre blaze that began with a semi truck and spread to the grass on Highway 41 near the border between San Luis Obispo and Kern counties on Thursday.

Highway 41 east of Cholame was closed Thursday afternoon when semi truck caught fire and set nearby brush ablaze, according to Caltrans.

The closure forced motorists to use Highways 46 and 33 as detours.

The incident was originally reported to the CHP as a vehicle fire at about 12:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms and the CHP’s incident information log.

The flames spread from a commercial tractor-trailer into vegetation on the side of Highway 41 near the border between San Luis Obispo and Kern counties.

As of 1:45 p.m., the fire had burned about 10 acres of grass and was 40 percent contained, according to Cal Fire, and firefighters stopped forward progress on the fire.

“The fire’s slowing down quite a bit,” Elms said at the time.

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported, he said.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

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