A section of St. Marys Road was blocked Saturday afternoon after a grass fire ignited in the woods, Columbus fire officials said.
The road was blocked between Alamo Drive and Bunker Hill Road as seven firefighters doused a wooded area in the 5500 block of St. Marys Road after the fire ignited around 3:20 p.m.
"There is no property damage or anything," said Battalion Chief Donnie Jones of the Columbus Department of Fire & Emergency Medical Services. "We just didn't want it to get burning and get away from us."
It took firefighters about 20 minutes to get the fire under control, Jones said.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but Jones cautioned motorists about pulling off the road after a vehicle has been running. Under dry conditions, the catalytic converter on a vehicle's exhaust system could start a spark and ignite a fire in the grass. Cigarettes also are a hazard when it is dry outside.
"Everything is dry right now," the battalion chief said. "You need to be careful when pulling off the side of the road with catalytic converters and throwing cigarettes out."
A resident who lives in the area said he thought there was a controlled burn when he spotted the blaze.
Firefighters were called later to check on other fires along St. Marys Road.
Firefighters in Muscogee and Harris counties have been busy since Thursday after nine fires ignited along Interstate 185, forcing authorities to temporarily shutdown a section of the road for more than four hours. Smoke was a hazard for north and southbound motorists on the four-lane highway.
Fire officials said those fires remain under investigation.