A brush fire near westbound Interstate Highway 80 and Gilman Street caused a temporary traffic closure Monday afternoon.
Berkeley Fire Department on-duty Battalion Chief Bill Kehoe said the fire, which was reported to BPD and BFD about 2:19 p.m. Monday, burned roadside vegetation on the west side of the Gilman Street off-ramp, creating lot of smoke and “reducing visibility on the freeway to almost zero.”
California Highway Patrol officer Kevin Bartlett said the Gilman Street off-ramp had been closed to traffic as a result of the reported brush fire. Kehoe added that the westbound Gilman off-ramp was closed for about 40 minutes for the duration of the incident, but the Gilman off-ramp has now been reopened.
The fire was under control and extinguished by about 2:40 p.m., according to Kehoe, and caused slight damage to nearby guard rails and irrigation systems — but no injuries.
Kehoe said BFD did not know what exactly caused the fire, as of press time.
“If I venture to guess, the cause was discarded smoking material, also known as a cigarette,” Kehoe said.