Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were called to a lorry on fire between junction 8 and Wicken Road on the M11 at Saffron Walden.
On arrival, the lorry’s trailer, which was carrying 40 tonnes of wood, was well alight. Two hose reel jets were used to extinguish the fire by 11:50hrs. The northbound carriageway was closed to traffic.
Station Officer Paul Curtis, of Saffron Walden Fire Station, said: “The quick actions of the driver prevented the fire from spreading further, which also prevented a lengthy motorway closure.
“Firefighters acted promptly to extinguish the fire and make the incident scene safe. We believe a tyre on a tractor, which was being transported on the lorry, caught alight.”