Truck Fire At Sherwin Grade

On 09/22/21 at approximately 8:39 PM, CHP responded to a report of a semi truck that was on fire along southbound US-395 on the Sherwin Grade. When units arrived on scene, they located a semi truck and trailer stopped along southbound US-395 and the semi trailer was fully engulfed in flames. Nearby vegetation had caught fire as a result of the vehicle fire. It was later determined the semi truck was transporting 42,000 lbs. of dried dog food. Southbound lanes of US-395 were closed to traffic for an extended period of time while multiple fire departments worked to extinguish the fire. Personnel from Wheeler Crest Fire Dept. Long Valley Fire Dept., Bishop Fire Dept, CalFire, Inyo National Forest Fire, Caltrans, and Bishop CHP responded to the incident scene.

This incident is still under investigation by Bishop CHP.

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Augustino
Augustino
28 days ago

How come its always trucks filled with dog food that catch fire on Sherwin? Isn’t this the third one in as many years?

Fat Happy Squirrels
Fat Happy Squirrels
28 days ago
Reply to  Augustino

I was wondering the same thing! I think there may have been 4 in the past 5 or so years. I get that dog food (especially Purina apparently) is flammable….but still. A pretty high percentage of the Sherwin Grade truck fires are full of dog food. Any possible legit or funny theories fellow readers?

Sami
Sami
28 days ago

It looks like it was specifically the trailer that caught fire here, so if that’s the pattern… Something about high mass with the friction of all the little flammable kibbles, maybe?

Mono Person
Mono Person
28 days ago
Reply to  Augustino

In Walker Canyon, there is a turn we call Budweiser Curve…..at least 3 trucks dumped their load in the River….

Fat Happy Squirrels
Fat Happy Squirrels
28 days ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Haha! That’s funny Mono, and kinda awesome if you’re on the clean up crew! Just don’t crack it open right away. Now that there’s a good reason people with scanners don’t want law enforcement to encrypt their communications and an excellent incentive for people to volunteer to pick up after others (just to tie in a couple other recent Sierra Wave stories)

Rosie D.
Rosie D.
28 days ago

Thank you fire crews and CHP.