CONCORD -- A car that hit a telephone pole and brought down utility lines sparked a 15-acre vegetation fire Tuesday evening, shutting down Kirker Pass Road in both directions and backing up traffic during rush hour.

The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Kirker Pass Road near Nortonville Road when a Ford SUV hit a telephone pole, according to Robert Marshall, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

No structures were threatened by the fire, which was contained by about 6:30 p.m. About 1,700 PG&E customers were briefly without power, but service was restored to all but a handful by about 7 p.m.

The fire district called in air support from CalFire to help crews battle the blaze and Kirker Pass Road was expected to reopen by 9 p.m.

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