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Smoke covers part of I-80 in Sacramento from vegetation fire

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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Smoke covers part of I-80 in Sacramento from vegetation fire

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Updated: 6:19 PM PDT Jun 4, 2024

COVERING PART OF INTERSTATE 80 THIS AFTERNOON. CHECK THIS OUT. A GRASS FIRE SPARKED ON THE SIDE BY WATT AVENUE. LOOK AT ALL THIS SMOKE IN THIS CALTRANS VIDEO. YOU CAN SEE CARS ARE STILL DRIVING THROUGH AS THE SMOKE IS BILLOWING OVER THE LANES. I’M SURE THEY GOT A LOT OF CALLS ON THAT ONE. CATALINA ESTRADA JOINING US LIVE NOW. CATALINA, HOW THICK IS THE SMOKE WHERE YOU ARE? AH YEAH. SO YOU CAN SEE RIGHT BEHIND ME. IT’S STILL PRETTY THICK, BUT CREWS ARE RIGHT NOW WORKING TO PUT ALL OF THIS SMOKE OUT. TY. THEY SAY THAT THIS GRASS FIRE STARTED AT AROUND 4:42 P.M. THIS IS ON THE ON RAMP TO I-80 WESTBOUND NEAR WATT AVENUE. THEY SAY THEY’RE STILL INVESTIGATING EXACTLY WHAT LED TO THIS FIRE, BUT RIGHT NOW THEY’RE WORKING TO PUT OFF ALL OF THESE LITTLE SPOTS THAT ARE STILL SMOLDERING. AND THEY SAY THAT THE AMOUNT OF FIRE OF SMOKE THAT WE SAW IS DUE TO ALL OF THIS BARK THAT IS IN THIS AREA. THEY SAY THAT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT TO PUT OUT ALL OF THESE SPOTS AND TO GET RID OF THAT SMOKE. THAT IS WHY, RIGHT NOW CREWS ARE HERE MAKING SURE THAT THEY’RE PUTTING OUT ALL OF THIS AND GETTING RID OF ALL OF THAT SMOKE THAT IS STILL, UM, HEADING OVER TO WHERE PEOPLE ARE DRIVING RIGHT NOW ON INTERSTATE I-80 YOU CAN SEE IT WHEN WE WERE DRIVING DOWN, WE WERE ABLE TO SEE IT WHEN WE WERE ABOUT FIVE MINUTES AWAY. SO IT WAS DEFINITELY A LOT OF SMOKE THAT THIS SMALL HALF AN ACRE GRASS FIRE CREATED HERE. AND THEY SAY ONE OF THE CHALLENGES OBVIOUSLY, WAS THE WIND AND THE HOT TEMPERATURES, BUT THEY ARE WORKING. IT’S COMPLETELY PUT OUT AND THEY ARE WORKING TO GET RID OF THAT SMOKE. THEY SAY THE ON RAMP TO WESTBOUND ON I-80 HERE IN WATT AVENUE WILL BE CLOSED AT LEAST FOR ANOTHER HOUR. WHILE THESE CREWS WRAP UP ALL OF THEIR EFFORTS HERE. AND LIKE I MENTIONED, THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. AND JUST LIKE BRITNEY SAID, WE’VE BEEN SEEING THESE GRASS FIRES AND HOUSE FIRES THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THIS IS OUR THIRD FIRE. AND OF COURSE, UM, IT CREWS ARE JUST HAVING A VERY DIFFICULT TIME PUTTING OUT ALL OF THESE FIRES THAT WE’VE SEEN THROUGHOUT OUR AREA. LIVE IN SACRAMENTO,

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Smoke covers part of I-80 in Sacramento from vegetation fire

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Updated: 6:19 PM PDT Jun 4, 2024

A vegetation fire that burned along Interstate 80 in North Sacramento on Tuesday has been put out, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said. Sac Metro Fire said the fire started around 4:42 p.m. and burned about half an acre. A Caltrans camera at the Watt Avenue overcrossing showed smoke drifting over the westbound lanes of I-80. The smoke was largely due to bark that had caught fire, Sac Metro Fire said. An on-ramp will be closed for about an hour, Sac Metro Fire said at 5:30 p.m. The cause of the fire is being investigated. See our traffic map. Fires are more likely on Tuesday because of triple-digit heat and gusty north winds. Find our full forecast here.This story is developing. Stay with KCRA 3 for updates.

A vegetation fire that burned along Interstate 80 in North Sacramento on Tuesday has been put out, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said.

Sac Metro Fire said the fire started around 4:42 p.m. and burned about half an acre.

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A Caltrans camera at the Watt Avenue overcrossing showed smoke drifting over the westbound lanes of I-80. The smoke was largely due to bark that had caught fire, Sac Metro Fire said.

An on-ramp will be closed for about an hour, Sac Metro Fire said at 5:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

See our traffic map.

Fires are more likely on Tuesday because of triple-digit heat and gusty north winds. Find our full forecast here.

This story is developing. Stay with KCRA 3 for updates.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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