Durham County

Rash of grass fires along I-40 brings Durham firefighters to highway

Westbound traffic on Interstate 40 near the Page Road interchange bunches up as drivers slow to pass a fire truck on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Grass fires broke out at several spots along the highway in late morning. The cause was unknown.
Westbound traffic on Interstate 40 near the Page Road interchange bunches up as drivers slow to pass a fire truck on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Grass fires broke out at several spots along the highway in late morning. The cause was unknown. North Carolina Department of Transportation

Firefighters were sent to several locations along on westbound Interstate 40 late Monday morning to put out a string of small grass fires that sprang up next to the highway.

The cause of the fires was unknown.

Firefighters from several departments used conventional engines and smaller brush trucks to put out the flames, which left blackened areas along the interstate in the area of Page Road and Miami Boulevard.

Traffic was slowed because of the fire equipment along the shoulder.

Firefighters headed back to their stations by 12:15, they reported.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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