A portion of Highway 168 westbound from Clovis was closed Tuesday afternoon because of visibility problems from small grass fires, Clovis police said.
The fire jumped onto the freeway from an embankment along Sierra Avenue and Highway 168. Smoke from the fire led to zero visibility about 5:25 p.m., causing closure of westbound lanes. Clovis police requested that the California Highway Patrol close the freeway.
After the lanes were opened briefly, there was an accident, said Officer Ty Wood, and the freeway was closed again.
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Just after 6 p.m. two lanes were reopened, said Clovis Fire Chief John Binaski.
He said three separate spot fires started in dry weeds between Sierra and Bullard avenues.
Each fire was about 100 feet by 25 feet in size, Binaski said.