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Two dead in fiery crash, Highway 299 reopens after Bella Vista Fire reaches 30 acres

Two killed in Highway 299 crash

Update 6:30 p.m.:

Caltrans says Highway 299 has reopened in both directions.


Update 5:30 p.m.:

The California Highway Patrol says two elderly people were inside the vehicle that crashed on Highway 299 earlier Sunday. Both are confirmed deceased.

Sgt. Garcia said the vehicle was traveling around 60 m.p.h. A witness called to report the vehicle was swerving shortly before it crashed.

Caltrans will reopen Highway 299 soon, and are letting local vehicles through.

Cal Fire says the Vista Fire has reached 30 acres.

Update 5:00 p.m.:

Highway 299 remains closed at this hour as crews continue to work on the Vista Fire burning in Bella Vista. Cal Fire says 20 acres have burned and the fire is fully contained, though crews are still working fire lines. Power lines were damaged, but no power was lost. Cal Fire also says no structures were damaged, and there have been no injuries reported.

Update 3:45 p.m.:

One person is dead after a vehicle crash caught fire on Highway 299, spreading to nearby vegetation. Homes on Woodman Lane were immediately threatened. Authorities are closing down all lanes of Highway 299 at east mile marker 36 near Salt Creek Drive for 1-to-2 hours.

Cal Fire says the fire has reached 15-20 acres. They are engaging the fire both on the ground and by air.

We will update this article as we learn more.

Original Article:

A vehicle crash on Hwy 299 near Deschutes Rd. has caused a fire that has spread to vegetation. Structures in the area are threatened. This is a breaking story and we have a reporter on the way to the scene.

We will update this article as soon as we learn more.

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