Hwy. 4 in Martinez reopens

July 28, 2008 2:31:30 PM PDT
All lanes of state Highway 4 in Martinez were reopened just before 2 p.m. following two roadside grass fires that temporarily slowed westbound traffic this afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

One fire, which burned about 2 acres, was reported just after 12:30 p.m. along the highway west of Alhambra Avenue, according to CHP Officer Marc Johnston. That fire prompted the closure of one westbound lane.

A Contra Costa Fire Protection District dispatcher said the blaze was controlled by 1:15 p.m., but that firefighters are still in the area conducting overhaul.

A minor-injury traffic collision was reported on the highway near that fire, said CHP Sgt. John Carman.

Fire crews also put out a small fire near Morello Avenue that started just minutes before the fire near Alhambra Avenue, the dispatcher said.

A Sig-alert was issued for the area at 1:05 p.m. and canceled at 1:55 p.m.