A small brush fire shut down Interstate 40 westbound mid-morning Wednesday.
According to Mt. Juliet Public Safety Director Andy Garret, the Fire Department of Mt. Juliet responded to the brush fire near the 223 mile marker around 10:50 a.m.
“It was a small fire that required the crew of just one engine to extinguish,” he said. “We did not need assistance.”
He said the decision to shut down two lanes of the interstate was to protect motorists.
“We didn’t want any embers to hit the cars,” he said. “This could have caused the interstate to be shut down for several hours and possible injuries.”
Garrett said there was no indication of the cause of the fire, but generally these type fires spark from a thrown cigarette.
“It’s always dry near the interstate because of all the blowing air,” he said.
Traffic resumed at 11:30 a.m.