Grass fire near interstate forces I-405 closure

Grass fire near interstate forces I-405 closure
This photo taken from an ODOT traffic camera shows a burned patch of grass near Interstate 405, which was shut down Saturday afternoon while crews contained the fire.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Firefighters put out a grass fire along Interstate 5 Saturday.

The fire started just after 12:30 p.m. along northbound I-5, firefighters said. A nearby construction crew working with a cutting torch caused the fire.

Part of Interstate 405 was shut down while fire crews contained the fire. It was reopened later Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters said the construction crew took proper precautions, which included a water supply, but the dry grass and windy conditions spread the fire faster than they could contain it.

The fire burned about 10,000 square feet, firefighters said.

A red flag warning is in effect through the weekend. A burn ban remains in effect in Portland. All outdoor burning is prohibited with the exception of charcoal or gas barbecues.