Small grass fire sparks near Sacramento Railyards along I-5, causing traffic slowdowns

A small grass fire near the Sacramento Railyards close to Interstate Highway 5 sparked Saturday afternoon, causing slowdowns as cars struggled to pass through the smoke.

Sacramento Fire Department responded to the grass fire, which sparked around 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Jibboom Street and Railyards Boulevard, north of the I Street Bridge.

The fire just south of the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers was contained and extinguished by 1 p.m., according to fire department spokesman Capt. Keith Wade.

Traffic has resumed after being backed up along the southbound I-5 highway up to West El Camino Avenue, according to Caltrans live cameras, with cars moving less than 15 miles an hour. Caltrans closed an auxiliary lane for several minutes around 1 p.m.