Fire on Yerba Buena Island forces lane closures on Bay Bridge

Fire on Yerba Buena Island forces lane closures on Bay Bridge
Fire on Yerba Buena Island forces lane closures on Bay Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO — All eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge were closed on Saturday afternoon as San Francisco firefighters responded to a growing grass fire on Yerba Buena Island.

Lanes on Interstate 80 were closed at about 2:30 pm as San Francisco firefighters responded from boats and from the bridge, but a statement from the fire department said their fire boats were having trouble reaching the fire.

Their hoses and other equipment caused all eastbound lanes on the bridge to close near Treasure Island Road.

The fire was burning on a hillside on the southwest corner of the island near the US Coast Guard station and had grown to roughly an acre by 3:40 pm, according to dispatch traffic from CHP.

California Highway Patrol officers were working to open at least two lanes of the interstate as of 3:30 pm to allow limited movement but the eastbound lanes highway remained closed at that time with significant impacts on the westbound lanes as well.

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