Firefighters contain blaze, Hwy 1 partially reopens

August 17, 2010 5:55:22 PM PDT
Firefighters have contained a vegetation fire that shut down state Highway 1 along the San Mateo County coast this afternoon.

The blaze was reported at about 3 p.m. near Gazos Creek Road, south of Pillar Point.

Firefighters responded with a number of crews and several aircraft, including a helicopter and two air tankers, Cal Fire Capt. Scott Green.

The fire, which burned along the east side of Highway 1, brought down power lines.

"We had to hold back a little bit because of the power line issue and firefighter safety," Green said.

The California Highway Patrol shut down the highway in both directions while firefighters battled the blaze. At 4:20 p.m., one lane was reopened and one-way traffic was being allowed through, CHP Officer John Short said.

Shortly before 5 p.m., firefighters had contained the blaze to about an acre and expected to have it controlled within two hours, Green said.

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