A grass fire Friday afternoon slowed westbound traffic on Interstate 30 as firefighters worked to douse the spreading flames.
At 2:22 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, the Caddo Valley Fire Department was dispatched to the I-30 overpass for a grass fire on the west side of the highway. Firefighters from DeGray and Arkadelphia were summoned to the scene by 2:50 p.m., followed later by the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
The forestry commission has the entire southwestern portion of the state under a “moderate” wildfire danger, though only Sebastian and Pike county judges have issued burn bans.
It isn’t known what caused the fire, although officials at the scene said roadside fires are typically caused by a lit cigarette tossed from a vehicle, especially under dry conditions.