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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Multiple fire crews have extinguished a brush fire along  the Downtown Expressway in Richmond.

Traffic was reduced to one lane west of the toll plaza for much of Friday afternoon.

The fire was about a quarter of a mile west of the toll plaza on an embankment near the Boulevard exit.

Official said the blaze was likely sparked by a contractor working on the Open Road Tolling project. That contractor tried to put out the fire before calling the fire department.