SALEM -- A grass fire along Highway 22 in Salem has gone to four alarms after threatening nearby homes, officials said.

Fire crews put protective wrap around three homes near College Drive NW to keep them from burning, according to Laird Case of the Salem Fire Department.

It was a terrifying day for homeowners like Kathy Doan, who spent hours evacuated and worrying about her property.

That's the visions that were going through my head. California and places like that where it takes out whole subdivisions just like that and you don't know what's gonna be left. So it's a scary situation, Doan said.

Trucks, crews and hoses were on standby at other homes in case of a flare-up.

The fire was contained by 1:30 p.m., but crews planned to stay at the scene for several more hours putting out hot spots.

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Investigators said a transportation crew working on a guardrail sparked the blaze.

Drivers should expect slower traffic in the area as crews continue to mop up and investigators clear the scene.

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