Fire burns 576 acres on I-5 in western Merced County

A grass fire burned 576 acres today in west Merced County, a spokesman for Cal Fire said.

The blaze started around noon at Interstate 5 and Nees Avenue north of the John Erreca rest area, Cal Fire said. The fire was contained around 6:50 p.m.

No homes or businesses were threatened. The cause is under investigation.

-- Ezra Romero/Fresno Bee