Officials reopen part of Highway 20 to valley


LAKE COUNTY – Officials are reporting that traffic is beginning to move after it was closed down along the Highway 20 corridor into Colusa County due to a truck fire.

The California Highway Patrol reported a big rig tanker on fire shortly before 10 a.m. on Highway 20 one mile west of Mitchell Flats and several miles into the boundaries of Colusa County.

CHP reported that the truck, which was giving off heavy smoke, was completely blocking the highway after the fire began. At least three CHP units were on scene.

Just after 11 a.m. the Chico Dispatch Center reported that the truck – a double tanker carrying 75,000 gallons of kerosene – was “still an active burn” and that it was going to be allowed to burn out.

At shortly before 1 p.m. CHP reported one lane of traffic has been reopened.

Previous to that, traffic was being either turned around or rerouted onto southbound Highway 16 when possible.

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

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