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UPDATE: Car reported on fire on Highway 1 north of Hearst Castle

UPDATE: 5:14 p.m. The southbound lane of Highway 1 north of Ragged Point is now open, according to dispatches on the CHP website’s Traffic Incident Information Page. However, the northbound lane is not expected to open until approximately 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE: The vehicle is no longer on fire, but emergency dispatches say that the roadway could be closed for at least two additional hours. Weekend motorists are advised to use another route, according to dispatches on the CHP website’s Traffic Incident Information Page at http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx. Initial dispatches show that no people were injured in the fire.

ORIGINAL: A vehicle is on fire approximately one mile north of Ragged Point on Highway 1, according to emergency dispatches.

The vehicle is fully involved, and has set fire to vegetation. Details on the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page website say the vehicle may be blocking the entire road.

There may be small arms inside the vehicle because a dispatch said that bullets were exploding as the car burned.

This story will be updated if further information can be gathered; CHP officers in the field cannot always be reached on weekends.

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