PLEASANTON (CBS SF) — A vehicle fire on Interstate Highway 580 between Santa Rita Road and El Charro Road Sunday evening spread to adjacent grass and to a nearby backyard fence, but was stopped short of threatening houses near the freeway, the Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department said.

The fire was called in to the California Highway Patrol at 6:48 p.m. as a grass fire adjacent to the freeway, but it was soon evident that a Toyota Scion was on fire on the eastbound highway shoulder, said LPFD Battalion Chief Aaron Lacey. The car, he said, was “completely involved” and generated thick black smoke.

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The grass fire, which Lacey said burned a 300-by-20-foot patch along the freeway shoulder, also burned a fence in the backyard of a home in the 3600 block of Annis Circle a half mile west of El Charro Road. But Lacey said no houses in that tract were damaged by fire.

“The fire was moving toward the backyard of a residence with a wood pile and a shed,” Lacey said. “Without quick action (by firefighters) it could have spread, but it probably would have taken a while.”

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No one in the burned car, nor any firefighters, were injured, Lacey said.

The fires created substantial backups on Interstate 580 for almost two hours, mostly affecting eastbound traffic.

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