SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Heavy smoke billowed over Highway 280 near Saratoga Avenue in San Jose Sunday morning from a ‘rapidly spreading’ brushfire, authorities said.
A SigAlert was issued around 9:30 a.m. — “Santa Clara County, North 280 north of 880, lanes #2,3,4 blocked due to heavy smoke. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes.”
The wind-whipped fire was reported shortly before 9 a.m. and there sere reports of trees and shrubs burning and heavy smoke. The California Highway Patrol said lanes were blocked by emergency responders and equipment.
By 10:15 a.m., fire crews brought the blaze under control and the lanes were reopened.
The region is currently under a wind advisory under 4 p.m. with forecasters warning of northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.