- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State transportation authorities say warning flares put down by maintenance crews may have caused a pair of small fires on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge this week.

Caltrans spokeswoman Leah Robinson-Leach tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1MwyMYr ) the fires happened in the bridge’s far left eastbound lane just past Yerba Buena tunnel - one on Monday night and one at midday Wednesday.

The Oakland Tribune reports that (http://bayareane.ws/1SpGoxx ) both blazes burned several feet of rubber covering the joints that link sections of roadway.

California Highway Patrol spokesman told the Tribune that investigators initially suspected a discarded cigarette was responsible for Monday’s fire, a theory that has now been rejected.

No one was injured in either fire, but they slowed traffic while firefighters worked to put them out.

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