Woman driving on tire rim causes multiple fires

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A woman driving on a tire rim is suspected of causing multiple fires in San Andreas, California. After a tire went flat, Renee Hogan continued driving as the tire caught fire and sparks were created as the metal rim dragged on Mountain Ranch Road.

Several fires started in the nearby vegetation that eventually merged to become the Willow Fire which has burned 450 acres and required evacuations in the Willow Valley Subdivision.

The California Highway Patrol arrested Ms. Hogan at the easternmost fire, which also burned her vehicle. She was initially arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Upon further investigation, she was arrested for causing a fire that resulted in a structure burning, seven counts of causing a fire to forestland or a structure, and one count of committing a violation during a declared state of emergency.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

One thought on “Woman driving on tire rim causes multiple fires”

  1. Scary Start-Good Stop. It was less than a year ago that the Butte Fire (9-9-2015) claimed hundreds of homes and other structures, five lives. This fire (Willow) was just a few air miles from last years Butte. The civilian who stopped this person allegedly driving under “something” should be given some type of recognition. Not only did this intervening civilian stop the car but pulled the driver out of the vehicle as it became fully engulfed.


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