Gwinnett County firefighters have now reopened I-985 after working on three grass fires along the interstate, the largest being roughly two to three acres.
Crews had to close both northbound 985 lanes near mile marker 2 and 2.5, which is about halfway between the Interstate 85 split and Buford Drive. One lane was reopened in the past hour, and spokesman Tommy Rutledge said both lanes are now open.
“There are no vehicles or structures involved and no injuries have been reported. The exact cause of the fires is currently under investigation. Motorists are asked to use caution as they travel on I-985,” Rutledge wrote in an email.
Rutledge said investigators are interested in a truck that was seen in the area prior to the fire.
"The exact cause of the fires along the interstate is still undetermined and is under investigation. The first fire crew to arrive at the scene was told by a passerby, that they saw a white pickup truck stopped on the side of the interstate around the same time that the fires erupted. The pickup truck was last seen traveling northbound on I-985 from the incident location. It is unknown what role the stopped pickup truck may have played in the cause of the fires. A fire investigator is following up on the information," Rutledge wrote.
Anyone who has information about the white pickup truck or the fires is asked to contact the Gwinnett Fire Investigations Section at 678-518-4890 or Gwinnett Police (non-emergency line) at 770-513-5700.