Bear falls on Sheriff’s vehicle causing crash and fire

falling bear vehicle crash fire
A bear fell onto a Humboldt County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle causing a crash followed by a fire. Photo: Hoopa Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services

We have written about animals causing fires a number of times, but this situation is unique.

On August 3 in Northern California a Humboldt County sheriff’s deputy was responding on Highway 96 to a report of an overdose when the patrol vehicle crashed, burned, and started a small vegetation fire that was suppressed after blackening half an acre.

It took several days for the surprising cause of the accident to be revealed.

On August 7 Caltrans reported that the deputy’s vehicle was struck by a bear that fell off an embankment. Thankfully the officer escaped the vehicle without serious injury. The bear fled the scene, refusing treatment.

falling bear vehicle crash fire
A bear fell onto a Humboldt County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle causing a crash followed by a fire. Photo: Hoopa Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services

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. Google+

4 thoughts on “Bear falls on Sheriff’s vehicle causing crash and fire”

  1. I had no idea a bear could cause fire. LOL. I am happy the bear was safe and returned to wherever he came from. I can imagine how stressful life is nowadays for big wild animals in the forest under global warming. Food and water sources must have been unstable.

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