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Brush Fire Disrupts Traffic on Highway 4

Lanes in both directions reopened.

-Bay City News

A brush fire prompted the California Highway Patrol to shut down lanes on state Highway 4 in Martinez Wednesday afternoon, a CHP officer said.

The fire was reported on the right shoulder of eastbound Highway 4 just west of Alhambra Way at 2:51 p.m.

Eastbound traffic was blocked, and only one lane was open in the westbound direction, CHP Officer Scott Cakebread said. Both lanes reopened around 3:45 p.m. 

Initial reports indicated that smoke was billowing across the highway.

Jed July 05, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Ah, smoke! Good reason to shut down a freeway... just like they do when some mysterious white powder is spilled........... give it a rest - California drivers know how to speed through any weather condition (such as fog)... sometimes they make it!!
Patrick J. McNamara July 05, 2012 at 03:39 PM
It wouldn't be the 4th of July in Martinez without the nostalgic aroma of burning European Wild Oats.
Doreen July 05, 2012 at 05:54 PM
LOLaughs! The wind was sewing its European Wild Smoky Oats right to my house. Though a native, I'm not sure nostalgia is exactly what I felt!
Tatter Salad August 23, 2012 at 12:37 AM
It's not the smoke that caused the CHP to shut down the area, per se. It is the RISK that some brain-dead driver will simply STOP in the middle of it, and cause an accident... and now you have a massive party at the barbecue, some being unemployed lawyers... THAT'S why you block off the freeway.

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