Fires Could Cause Traffic Problems In California

September 30, 1999

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Dry conditions and high temperatures have meant forest fires in California, with more than 134,000 acres ablaze. Earlier this week, fires near Interstate 5 stalled traffic when smoke reduced visibility.

The California Highway Patrol had to escort vehicles in small batches through the smoky section of road Tuesday at the base of the Grapevine near Fort Tejon. Another fire burned about 80 acres of wheat fields along southbound I-5 north of Highway 166.
Major fires have already burned nearly 50,000 acres since Sept. 8, when they were sparked by lightning strikes. Low humidity and brisk winds have made it difficult for firefighters to contain the blaze.
Fire danger is also high in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

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