East Bay brush fire closes all lanes of I-580

Firefighters from multiple agencies battled a brush fire that burned about 500 acres Sunday evening and forced the California Highway Patrol to close Interstate 580 lanes in both directions east of Livermore, authorities said.

Shortly after 5:05 p.m., CHP officers received word of grass fires along the right-hand side of westbound lanes of Interstate 580 between North Flynn Road and Grant Line Road.

Firefighters called a second-alarm on a wildland mutual aid response for that fire, which burned at least 250 acres on at least one side of the interstate.

In addition to Alameda County and Tracy firefighters’ responses, CHP officers received reports of westbound I-580 drivers turning around as smoke lowered lane visibility. Other CHP bureaus were working to close other roadways nearby, including Mountain House at Interstates 205 and 580.

Just before 6:30 p.m., the CHP issued the alert closing I-580 in both directions from Grant Line to North Flynn roads with no estimated time of reopening.

Firefighters around the East Bay had been kept busy with responses to fires earlier Sunday as well.

Just before 2:10 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a hillside on fire in the 16700 block of Marsh Creek Road at John Marsh in front of a mobile home park, the California Highway Patrol said. Crews from Contra Costa County and East Contra Costa fire districts responded to that incident.

Around 4:40 p.m., firefighters received word of flames in the 5900 block of Bruce Drive just east of Camino Tassajara and Finley Road, with at least one report of a field in flames near homes. No word was immediately available on any threatened structures or injuries.

Check back for updates.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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