PACHECO, Calif. (KTVU) - Firefighters took two hours to extinguish a grass fire alongside Highway 680 in Pacheco that spread to a nearby storage unit facility on Tuesday.
Fire is now extinguished and in extensive mop up. Some 450 of this 500-plus unit storage facility were saved from fire today with no injuries Fire risks are especially high along our areas streets and highways. Please use extreme caution in ALL outdoor activities. #pachecoic pic.twitter.com/0FteLWZZ2y— Con Fire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) July 16, 2019
The two-alarm fire started at about 2:43 p.m., according to Steve Hill of Contra Costa Fire Protection District. The fire broke out near the Highway 4, Interstate 680 intersection.
By 4:50 p.m. Contra Costa Fire tweeted the operation was in "extensive mop up" and that 450 of the 500-plus storage units were saved at Pacheco Mini Storage.
Many of the units contained vehicles, Hill said.
There were no injuries as a result of this fire, officials said.
Hill said that 90 percent of the recent fires of this type "are started by human activity," particularly along a highway where a tossed cigarette or vehicle malfunction can quickly spark dry vegetation.
"These are very high fire danger times and it's going to be worse between now and October," he said. "We need people to be responsible."
Bay City News contributed to this report.
Multiple storage units are now involved in the grassfire in the Southeast corner of Hwy 4 & I680. Both routes are open but Hwy 4 ramp to S 680 is closed. Please avoid surface streets in area. #pachecoic pic.twitter.com/u7yxU2ztQ9— Con Fire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) July 16, 2019
Con fire is on scene of a second alarm grass fire at the intersection of highway 4 and interstate 680. Please avoid area surface streets to allow emergency vehicles access. #pachecoic— Con Fire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) July 16, 2019