RICHMOND (CBS SF) — A brush fire burning near I-580 in Richmond shut down the freeway in both directions for a time as area fire crews responded to the blaze, according to authorities.
The fire was first reported about 12:30 p.m. along the freeway
near Central Avenue, and started at a homeless camp, the CHP said.
The city of Richmond issued an alert regarding a large brush fire burning by I-580 at Central Avenue east of Bayview Avenue.
The fire briefly shut down I-580 in both directions. Residents and drivers were asked to avoid the area until further notice.
CHP issued an alert a short time later saying that just the right and center eastbound lanes were closed to traffic due to the fire.
Fire on Eastbound I-580 East of Bayview Ave in Richmond. Right and Center Lanes Blocked. https://t.co/ITRwoLsl4h
— 511 SF Bay (@511SFBay) July 24, 2020
By about 2:08, CHP had announced that all lanes were reopened. While there was no official confirmation from fire officials regarding the status of the fire, video from Chopper 5 indicated that it was under control by shortly before 2 p.m.
People in the area were posting video and photos of the fire. One video clip showed multiple fire and CHP units at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline.
— Kenya Wheeler (@kenyaw) July 24, 2020
Fire by I-580 in Richmond pic.twitter.com/pbyYdJIzld
— Chris Treadway (@christreadway) July 24, 2020