Video Courtesy of Citizen App
SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – Fire crews responded to a grass fire burning along westbound Interstate 80 in Solano County on Tuesday evening.
Around 5:30 p.m. the fire was reported near American Canyon Road offramp.
A Red Flag Warning in Solano County expired earlier on Tuesday but that did not keep a fire from breaking out.
KRON4 is told the fire started after a woman experiencing car trouble pulled off and a fire started in the front end of her car. Due to the wind, the flames then carried into the dry brush along the freeway.
Video from the Citizen App shows smoke billowing up as fire chewed through the dry vegetation.
Cal Fire officials say about 3-acres were burned.
A severe traffic alert was issued around 6:12 as the right lanes were blocked.
Around 7:40 p.m., all westbound lanes were reopened.
Crews were still mopping up about the scene around 9 p.m.
Fire crews on scene say this fire shows the dangers of extremely dry land and hot, windy weather.
This fire was kept relatively small because multiple crews including Cordelia, Fairfield, Suisun City and Cal Fire crews jumped on it quickly.
There were no injuries to report.
KRON4 is told the woman whose car was in trouble also had a baby on board — Both are reportedly doing fine tonight.
This is another example of fire season being upon us and why it’s important for people to understand the danger that’s out there right now.
Fire officials of course want people to take precautions and help keep the threat level low.