10:45 a.m. All lanes of Highway 99 have reopened in Manteca after a grass fire blocked visibility for drivers at the Highway 99/120 interchange. Though traffic was moving, it was backed up on southbound and northbound 99, said Adrian Quintero, a California Highway Patrol spokesman.
It appeared the fire started near Highway 99 but jumped across it and was centered on the west side, Quintero said. Eastbound 120 to 99 was also full reopened around noon, he said.
CHP officers were performing "round robins" where they pull out in front of oncoming traffic to slow down drivers before they reach the backed-up cars.
Three vehicle accidents have occurred so far on Highway 99 as a result of the fire and traffic backup. Two accidents resulted in minor injuries. No one was hurt in the third, in which someone struck a CHP car from behind.
Manteca firefighters are still on scene investigating the cause.
11:24 a.m. CHP officer Adrian Quintero says the grass fire is centered on the west side of Highway 99. Fire crews are working to keep it from a cluster of propane tanks at business near the intersection of highways 120 and 99.
Two lanes of southbound traffic are open on Highway 99; one lane is open northbound. Quintero said northbound traffic is backed up to Lathrop Road.
MANTECA -- Traffic on the Highway 120 Manteca Bypass and Highway 99 at the junction came to a halt this morning because smoke from a nearby fire was blinding drivers, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The fire was reported at 10:20 a.m. at the junction of eastbound Highway 120 with northbound Highway 99.
The CHP escorted traffic for a short time then at 10:36 they shut down the highways in both directions.
Smoke from the fire could be seen in Salida, an employee of a recreational vehicles sales business said.