A roadside emergency turned into a smoky vegetation fire Monday after a car fire spread to the steep, brushy hillside along westbound Highway 24 in Orinda.
A second alarm was called shortly after the fire broke out at 12:58 p.m., the blaze scorching 25-plus acres and “running” on the steep hillside. Smoke could be seen for miles, prompting the closure of the freeway in both directions at approximately 1:25 p.m.
Resources from the East Bay Regional Parks district, CalFire and the Moraga-Orinda Fire District were rushed to the scene with calls issued for aerial support in fighting the blaze.
No structures were reported threatened as this was written (1:40 p.m.). Three westbound lanes of Highway 24 remained closed Monday afternoon as firefighters mopped up and moved apparatus along the freeway, but traffic was largely restored – if slow – by the evening commute.