Grass Fire Causes Freeway Backup in Fairfield

A grass fire in Fairfield briefly closed several freeway connector ramps this afternoon and triggered heavy traffic warnings, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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    Two small grass fires that closed several freeway ramps in the Fairfield area this afternoon were extinguished quickly with little damage, according to fire officials.

     

    A fire reported just after 3 p.m. in an area near eastbound Interstate Highway 80 at Green Valley Road closed connector ramps including the northbound Interstate Highway 680 to eastbound I-80 ramp, the eastbound I-80 ramp to southbound I-680, and the Green Valley Road on and off-ramps to I-80, according to the California Highway Patrol.

     

    The closures, due to smoke on the road, were lifted in less than an hour. The fire, located right next to the freeway, was less than half an acre in size and was quickly extinguished, said Fairfield Battalion Chief Steve Trepagnier.

     

    The fire's cause remains unknown.

     

    A second, smaller fire was also reported near state Highway 12 and Chadbourne Road around 3:10 p.m. That fire briefly closed an onramp to eastbound state Highway 12.

     

    Trepagnier said a third report of fire in the Benicia area, near southbound Interstate 680 just north of Parish Road just before 3:30 p.m., appears to have been unfounded.