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Published on May 19, 2024
Grass Fire on Yerba Buena Island Shuts Down Bay Bridge Lanes, Disrupts San Francisco TrafficSource: Stepheng3, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Officials reported that A grass fire erupted on Yerba Buena Island, causing major closures on the Bay Bridge and leading to significant traffic disruptions Saturday afternoon. CBS News San Francisco stated that the flames, intensified by strong winds, necessitated the shutdown of all eastbound lanes around 2:30 p.m., wreaking havoc on travel plans across the bridge, which serves as a key artery for Interstate 80 traffic.

Justin Schorr, a San Francisco Fire Department captain, told reporters that the fire presented a challenge for personnel with its location on a steep hillside lacking roads and fire hydrants. By 3:40 p.m., the fire had grown roughly to an acre, according to dispatch traffic from CHP; this battled on a terrain where history whispers from the old U.S. Coast Guard structures are now standing in preserved vulnerability. The firefighting efforts included around 40 personnel who quickly responded from the water and land, halting the blaze before it could consume more than an acre or damage historic structures.

In the aftermath, officials have cautioned that while the fire was resolved, drivers should still expect delays and consider alternative routes. An advisory on AlertSF indicated: "Expect continued delays and use alternate routes." Real-time traffic and transit updates were made available on 511.org to assist motorists in navigating around the congestion.