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Fire burns 75 acres near I-580 at Altamont Pass; CHP investigates possible arsons in area

California's wildfire risk map updated after 15 years
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LIVERMORE – Crews are responding to a fire that has broken out along Interstate 580 near the Altamont Pass in eastern Alameda County Saturday morning. Meanwhile, authorities are investigating possible arsons along the highway.

Shortly after 7 a.m., authorities said firefighters were battling a fire next to the westbound lanes near Grant Line Road. Initial reports were that the fire burned 25 acres.

UPDATE: Search on for arsonist who started fires along I-580 at Altamont Pass

According to Cal Fire, the fire has burned 75 acres and is 85% contained as of 10:30 a.m.

The California Highway Patrol is also investigating several possible arson incidents in the area over an eight-mile stretch.

"Crews from the Alameda County Fire Department, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, the California Department of Forestry, and CHP are working to extinguish multiple fires along the freeway and keep traffic moving," the Alameda County Fire Department tweeted around 9 a.m.

 Anyone who may have information about the fire is asked to call the CHP at 707-641-8300.

Saturday morning's fire near the Altamont Pass is the second in the area in less than 24 hours. On Friday evening, crews responded to a fire that burned along the eastbound direction of the freeway near Flynn Road. 

The fire burned more than 40 acres before it was fully contained late Friday night.

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