A smoky brush fire in Martinez caused some delays on Highway 4 for about an hour Wednesday and briefly threatened some nearby homes before it was quickly contained.
The California Highway Patrol shut down eastbound lanes on the freeway and one westbound lane just west of Alhambra Way after reports of the fire, which was reported around 2:50 p.m.
The fire started below Highway 4 near Franklin Canyon Road and raced up the hill toward the freeway, which stopped its progress, Contra Costa Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard said. Fire companies attacked the fire from both sides to contain it, he said.
One exterior building, possibly a shed, was destroyed in the blaze, but none of the homes on the 2000 block of Franklin Canyon were damaged, Broschard said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The fire was not a hazard to drivers, but the smoke caused visual problems, CHP Officer Scott Cakebread said. All lanes of the freeway were reopened around 3:45 p.m.
For updates, check back to ContraCostaTimes.com.