A travel trailer blew a tire, and the sparks from its rim caused a 2-acre fire in the median along Interstate 5 in Lacey on Saturday morning, Lacey Fire District 3 Battalion Chief Steve Crimmins said.
The fire was reported just after 10 a.m. near Exit 111, south of Marvin Road.
The grass was so dry that the flames spread quickly, Crimmins said. Lacey Fire brought two engines, two brush units, a water tender and a command unit to the scene.
“It was starting to get in the trees,” Crimmins said. “We made a pretty big hit on it.”
Lacey Fire crews quickly knocked the flames down and once it was contained, crews from the Department of Natural Resources continued with the mop-up, he said.
Two southbound lanes of the freeway were closed for about an hour near the scene, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The freeway’s left lane was closed for nearly two hours.
Smoke and lane closures caused traffic backups in both directions. Northbound lanes through Olympia were already clogged up from a bridge repair project in the area.