Several small brush fires spark along freeway in Lakeside

Sig Alert cancelled for SR-67 at Riverford

Heartland Fire Department responded to several small brush fires along State Route 67 in Lakeside on Saturday afternoon.

Fire officials were initially called to the area at about 4:20 p.m. to respond to a small grass fire on the right shoulder near the Riverford off ramp.

Once on scene, they observed nine small brush fires on both sides of the freeway.

A Sig Alert was issued for both sides of the 76 at Riverford, while crews extinguished the fires.

As of 5:30 p.m. all lanes of the freeway were reopened.

The cause is still under investigation, but fire officials say they may have been started by a car’s catalytic converter sparking on the freeway.

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