Solano County

CHP: Grass fire blows smoke over I-80 in Vallejo

By From page A5 | May 29, 2014

VALLEJO — A grass fire near the Interstate 80 and Interstate 780 connector forced some ramp closures just before the rush hour commute.

California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Van Ekert said motorists reported the blaze about 3:45 p.m. at I-80 and I-780 near a mobile home park. The fire was apparently down on the I-780 portion, near the I-80 overpass, he said.

CHP officers arrived on scene about the same time as Vallejo fire responders and the fire appeared to be spreading into some trees, Van Ekert said. Fire officials shut down the eastbound I-780 ramp from westbound I-80 and then the westbound I-80 ramp from eastbound I-780 about 4 p.m. after the fire apparently spread into the I-780 center divider. Fire officials said smoke from the 3-alarm blaze was blowing across I-80.

CHP issued a SIG alert about 4 p.m. for visibility and the ramp closures, Van Ekert said.

Westbound I-80 traffic appeared to have backed up to Redwood Road but eastbound traffic didn’t reach the Carquinez Bridge, Van Ekert said.

Fire responders seemed to knock down the blaze relatively quickly, Van Ekert said. There was little smoke left by 5 p.m.

Responders continued to work on hot spots for several hours. There were concerns about a significant amount of mulch on the center divider, Van Ekert said.

The ramps were eventually reopened at different times and the SIG Alert was cancelled at 8 p.m., Van Ekert said.

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Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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