Coast fire stopped at 168 acres

A wildfire sparked during a fatal crash on Highway 101 Tuesday afternoon has been contained at 168 acres.

The Pistol River Fire 9 miles south of Gold Beach along Highway 101 was contained at 8 a.m. today, the daily fire news update from the Oregon Department of Forestry said.

The blaze started when a truck that had collided with a passenger vehicle careened off the road and caught fire at about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

A 2009 Toyota Scion driven by Vincent Jaramillo of Brookings drifted into the oncoming traffic lane. Jaramillo was killed and the truck driver, Allen Hart, 61, suffered minor injuries.

Coos Forest Protective Association sent two helicopters, one lead plane, four fire engines, two bulldozers and one water tender for the fire. A large structural firefighting force was also on scene to protect commercial properties threatened by the fire. Today two inmate crews, and association resources including four fire engines and a water tender remain at the site.
The fire burned on both sides of the highway, driven by strong coastal winds.

The highway was closed for several hours, then one lane opened with a pilot car guiding drivers past the scene. All lanes reopened at 3:30 a.m.

— Anita Burke

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