Big-rig fire spreads to nearby dry grass, trees along I-80 in Fairfield
FAIRFIELD — A big-rig fire Monday on eastbound Interstate 80 near Travis Boulevard in Fairfield sent a swath of black smoke over a portion of the city as the truck and its cargo burned.
The truck fire started shortly before 3:30 p.m. after the big-rig ran off the freeway and crashed into the sound wall. The truck and some trees caught fire and prompted evacuation of at least one business located on the other side of the freeway wall.
Officials shut down all five eastbound lanes within minutes, which led to a severe traffic alert from the regional Transportation Management Center. The Travis Boulevard onramp to eastbound I-80 was also shut down. The two left lanes of eastbound traffic reopened at 3:45 p.m. The onramp reopened shortly at about 4 p.m. An additional lane reopened about 20 minutes later. Another lane opened at 4:50 p.m.
Initial reports from the scene indicated that the driver of the big-rig may have been inside the burning vehicle. It was later reported that the driver got out of the vehicle.
The fire was reported as under control shortly before 4:25 p.m.
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Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.