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Two lanes reopen through fire area on Capital City Freeway

Crews work to get grass fire near Sutter's Landing under control

A vehicle fire started a grass fire that spread along an embankment Monday, shutting down the westbound Capital City Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident website. The fire began about 4:20 p.m.
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A vehicle fire started a grass fire that spread along an embankment Monday, shutting down the westbound Capital City Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident website. The fire began about 4:20 p.m.

A vehicle fire that sparked a grass fire shut down a section of westbound Capital City Freeway for about an hour Monday afternoon between Cal Expo and the E Street exit in Sacramento.

A recreational vehicle towing a small vehicle caught fire on the freeway near E street at about 4:20 p.m. Monday and ignited grass along the shoulder, said Chris Harvey, spokesman for the Sacramento Fire Department. The fire spread up an embankment and onto the site of the old city dump east of Sutter’s Landing. Fire crews set backfires to limit the spread on the former dump site.

Harvey said the fire was contained shortly before 6 p.m. with 18 acres burned. He said crews would be on scene into the evening putting out hot spots. In addition to triple-digit temperatures, they had to contend with wind in the area. The fire department later said the fire was contained but had still grown to 20 acres.

The fire at one point shut down all lanes of westbound Capital City Freeway and traffic was diverted to Exposition Boulevard. Two lanes reopened to traffic at about 5:20 p.m.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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