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Highway 99 re-opens after grass fire in Galt halted traffic

Fire in Galt shuts down Highway 99

Firefighters were battling a major wildfire that jumped the freeway in Galt.
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Firefighters were battling a major wildfire that jumped the freeway in Galt.

Highway 99 has re-opened after a major grass fire in Galt jumped the freeway at Pringle Avenue at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, stalling traffic in both directions, the California Highway Patrol said.

The fire spread to a wrecking yard and commercial building on the east side of the freeway, Cosumnes Fire Department Chief Mike McLaughlin said, and firefighters were delayed in containing the fire due to downed power lines in the yard.

The fire was contained as of 4:29 p.m., according to CHP logs, and crews are addressing damage.

While cars are moving again, traffic will be restricted to one lane in both directions until about 9 p.m., the CHP logs said. The on-ramp and off-ramp at Simmerhorn Road remain closed as well, CHP logs said.

Eleven engines and more than 20 resources from Sacramento fire, Metro fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and other agencies were assigned to the “fairly major firefight,” McLaughlin said. No injuries have been reported.

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