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Park rangers respond to truck fire just outside Death Valley

Black smoke billows out from bright red flames that are fully engulfing the engine and cab of a semi-truck. Two tan trailers are behind it. In the foreground on right is a brown sign, "Driving Off Designated Roads Prohibited".
Semi-truck on fire just outside Death Valley National Park's eastern boundary on CA-190.

Bill Larsen (not NPS photo)

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News Release Date: May 19, 2023

Contact: Abby Wines, 760-786-3221

Contact: Nichole Andler, 760-786-3279

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Firefighters from the National Park Service and Southern Inyo Fire Protection District responded to a truck fire on Highway 190 just outside the east boundary of Death Valley National Park on May 17, 2023.

The semi-truck was pulling two dumpster trailers full of brush trimmings. After climbing 3,000 feet out of Death Valley, the truck broke down, then caught on fire.

Firefighters used firefighting foam to contain the fire to the cab and the first trailer. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Highway 190 was temporarily closed. 

Last updated: May 19, 2023

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