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Fire along Interstate 580 burns 25 acres near Altamont Pass in Alameda County

LIVERMORE — Firefighters responded Saturday morning to a 25-acre grass fire that broke out along Interstate 580 near the Altamont Pass, and officials said a series of small fires in the area may have been set intentionally.

Crews from the Alameda County Fire Department started battling the flames around 7 a.m. near Grant Line Road, which burned next to westbound traffic and closed the no. 4 lane, according to tweets from the California Highway Patrol’s Dublin office.

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, Cal Fire and the CHP all responded to several fires that erupted over an 8-mile stretch. The CHP said they were investigating the series of fires as possible arson incidents.

By 9 a.m., Alameda County officials warned of major delays for westbound travel along I-580.

The CHP asked that anyone with information about the fires call (707) 641-8300.

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