Traffic returned to normal on Highway 152 Wednesday after a 124-acre grass fire shut down both lanes earlier in the week, the California Highway Patrol reported.
A total of 120 Cal Fire firefighters were called to the blaze on Pacheco Pass around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to officer Jesse Lopez, spokesman for the CHP in Los Banos.
The fire had the potential of burning 700 acres, Lopez said. The CHP responded to assist with traffic control because of heavy smoke in the area.
Both directions of Highway 152 were shut down for about 35 minutes, Lopez said. Traffic was backed up for several miles, and drivers were escorted through by the officers. Lopez said no collision or injuries were reported as a result of the traffic congestion.
"The CHP would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to slow down when visibility is reduced," Lopez said. "Don't stop on the roadway, and move away from stalled or disabled vehicles."