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Clark Fire was sparked when produce truck's tire burst

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Jun 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-09 23:29:53-04

UPDATE (3:01 p.m.) - The Clark Fire was sparked when the tire of a produce truck burst.

The rear passenger side tire caught fire, igniting the truck, which was hauling cauliflower. The truck drove for roughly a mile before stopping, leaving a trail of cauliflower in multiple spots along the road.

The fire stretched one mile south from just below Solomon Rd. and Hwy 1. Flames burned on the east shoulder of the highway.

The winds pushed the fire south, burning brush and vegetation.

By 2:35 p.m., most of the fire had been put out, and crews were working to clean up the area.

Officials have not shared how soon the highway could reopen.
UPDATE (2:25 p.m.) - Fire crews have mostly knocked down the Clark Fire and are continuing to put out hot spots.

Loads of cauliflower and pieces of rubber were visible in the road near where the fire started. CHP reports that crews cleared the vegetables from the road.

KSBY is checking with officials to confirm what sparked the fire.
Fire crews are working to contain a vegetation fire that sparked along Hwys 1 and 135 in Orcutt Thursday afternoon.

The Clark Fire was first called in around 1:24 p.m. on June 9. Fire officials say it is made up of multiple fires burning along the road, south of Clark Ave. in Orcutt.

So far, officials say has burned under 4 acres and is spreading slowly. Incident logs indicate the fire is burning towards nearby homes.

CHP reports that traffic is being diverted around the fire, and closures are in place at Clark Rd. and Black Rd. to keep cars away from where the fire is burning. Northbound traffic in the area has been stopped at Hwy 135.

Santa Barbara County Fire and Santa Maria Fire Departments have crews fighting the fire at the scene.

Initial reports say a trailer carrying produce appears to have started the fire.

This is a developing story, and KSBY has a crew heading to the scene. Check back for updates.