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Update on 6 Fires Along Interstate 680

The California Highway Patrol is investigating six fires that happened along the 680 yesterday, the source of which are still unknown. 

Milpitas Fire Chief Enforcement Officer/Investigator Eric Emmanuele said the fires’ source “could have been a multitude of things,” but he has “no reason to believe it was intentional.”

The six fires started on the 680’s freeway side, as opposed to the hill side. Given the state of the wind and the summer warmth and dryness, the conditions were perfect for a blaze. 

In the case of yesterday’s fires, they were spread out at intervals along the freeway, indicating that faulty machinery on a car might have been responsible. For example, when an internal issue causes a vehicle’s catalytic converter to fail, it can melt at upwards of 1,200 degrees, dropping red hot aluminum along its path, which can easily start a fire. 

Yesterday’s smaller fires began along Montague. Its larger ones began along Calaveras. They spread in a southbound succession, at a speed Emmanuele said was consistent with vehicle traffic. He also explained that a person on foot could not have progressed so fast, and that he found no flares or matches at the scenes. 

All six fires were completely contained.


Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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