SAN JOSE — Firefighters quickly knocked down a single-alarm brush fire Sunday near Highway 87 at the Interstate 280 interchange, authorities said.
Just before 2 p.m., California Highway Patrol officers learned of smoke and flames seen near the right-hand side of southbound Highway 87 lanes at the interchange.
Officers worked to close nearby on-ramps onto the highway, while San Jose Fire Department firefighters dispatched to the fire at 2:05 p.m. responded to the scene with only a minor delay due to multiple calls reporting the fire at different locations.
Sixteen firefighters managed to put out the fire, which had erupted from an acre-wide mulch-covered area near a gore point, and a CalTrans crew was summoned to help clear out the area to prevent smoldering and re-lighting.
The CHP issued a Sig-alert at 2:46 p.m., blocking the Nos. 2 and 3 lanes. All lanes were reopened by 4:30 p.m., a CHP officer said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or a cause.
New start in San Jose. Not sure where, exactly. pic.twitter.com/WWQfhC7Bmw
Cascadia Fire Season (@barkflight) June 7, 2020
Brush fire on Southbound CA-87 at I-280 Interchange in San Jose. Right Lane Blocked. https://t.co/ITRwoLsl4h
— 511 SF Bay (@511SFBay) June 7, 2020
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