Grass fires in I-459 median causing major traffic delays

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- UPDATE: Rocky Ridge fire says fires were spread along 6 miles of interstate from mile marker 17-23. Most all of them are out now.

According to Capt. Harrell with Birmingham Fire Department, the brakes of an 18-wheeler sparked the brush fires.

The CBS42 Real Time Traffic tracker says speeds are slowed from 5-10 mph on either side of the interstate, and drivers should expect severe delays up to 30 minutes.

Our Jamie Ostroff will be live from the scene on the CBS42 News at 5 and 6.

ORIGINAL: Multiple grass fires in the median of I-459 are reportedly causing major traffic delays on both sides of the interstate.

According to the CBS42 Real Time Traffic tracker, speeds both east and westbound on I-459 are currently around 15 mph. According to Birmingham Fire, smoke is obscuring visibility.

Please exercise extreme caution and take a detour if at all possible.


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