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News Fire Update on 6 Fires Along Interstate 680

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.

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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