TRACY (KCBS) — Traffic was snarled on eastbound Interstate Highway 580 in the Altamont Pass area because of a grass fire that was sparked by a crash.

The brush fire started because of a car fire in the area of I-580 and Grant Line Road about 9:50 a.m. on Thursday according to the California Highway Patrol.

Cal Fire Spokesman Daniel Berlant described it as a “fast-moving grass fire” and that it had burned about 20 acres shortly after 11 a.m. The fire was still burning at that time and Cal Fire crews were on the scene along with multiple local agencies.

Berlant said the fire was about five-miles west of Tracy and that there ware a lot of resources on it, including helicopters and several air tankers. He said the wind and dry conditions contributed the quick spreading of this fire.

The No. 4 eastbound lane was shut down because of the fire, which was still burning shortly before 11 a.m.

About half an hour after the car fire was reported, a crash occurred that left a car overturned in the highway’s eastbound lanes near North Flynn Road.

CHP Officer James Evans said the car was on its roof and four lanes were blocked. He did not yet know if there were any injuries.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
LIVE: Monday through Friday from 3am – 3pm PST

Watch & Listen LIVE