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Grass fire along I-5 snarls traffic for hours


SMOOTHLY, BUT THAT WASN’T THE
CASE EARLIER WHEN 10
FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED. THIS IS WHAT JEFF AND HIS SON
SAW ON THEIR DRIVE HOME TO NORTH
NATOMAS. HE SAYS THEY RUSHED BACK.>>I SAW A REALLY BIG TUMBLEWEED
COMING TOWARD THE HOUSE. REPORTER: THEY STARTED PACKING
UP
GRABBING KEEPSAKES LIKE A TEDDY
BEAR AND PHOTO ALBUMS. AS ONE FAMILY PACKED, ANOTHER
SAID THEY WERE STUCK.>>WE JUST SAW CARS ALL AROUND
THE NEIGHBORHOOD. REPORTER: I-5 NORTH AND
SOUTHBOUND WERE SHUT DOWN FOR
HOURS, DIVERTING TRAFFIC AND
CLOGGING UP ROADS. HIS SEVEN-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER
ISABEL SHAKEN IT WAS SO CLOSE TO
HOME.>>THE FLAMES WERE PRETTY HIGH. THE MIDDLE OF THE FREEWAY WAS
BURNING DOWN. THE FLAMES IN THE FIELD WERE
GOING AS FAST AS THE CAR. REPORTER: ACCORDING TO
SACRAMENTO FIRE, T FIRE
STARTED HERE. ECRU WAS SEEN CLEANING OUTSIDE
AND EQUIPMENT ROOM. FIREFIGHTERS SAY THE SPARK
SPREAD FROM THE HOTEL TO I-5,
STRETCHING THREE MILES DOWN
TOWARDS I-80.>>IT DID START TO GET OUT OF
HAND QUICKLY. WHEN IT IS WIND DRIVEN, MOTHER
NATURE IS IN CONTROL. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL DO WHAT
WE CAN TO GET RESOURCES, BUT
THESE SITUATIONS WHEN THEY ARE
WIND DRIVEN, WE CAN’T DO
ANYTHING ABOUT IT EXCEPT MOVE
PEOPLE AND GET AHEAD OF IT. REPORTER FIREFIGHTERS TOOK
CONTROL AND EXTINGUISHED THE
FLAMES AS THREE BURNED-OUT CARS
WERE LEFT ALONG THE FREEWAY AT
DRIVERS PLOWED THROUGH A
FRIEND’S TO GET AWAY — FENCE TO GET AWAY.>>YOU THINK LIVING OUT

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