Fire at Nevada state line spreads to 300 acres |

Fire at Nevada state line spreads to 300 acres

A wildfire in steep terrain along Interstate 80 near Truckee grew to 300 acres this afternoon and was only 20 percent contained. One westbound lane of the freeway was closed near the Nevada and California state line, but traffic was moving.

“We have hand crews, engines and air attack on it,” said Marnie Bonesteel of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. “It’s in very steep terrain and there is rolling debris, rocks and logs that are going outside the fire lines. It’s pretty serious.”

Bonesteel said the fire which broke out around 1:30 p.m. Monday about 500 feet from the freeway was human-caused, but fire fighters on the scene do not know who did it, or how.

Bonesteel said there is no known containment time for The Highway Fire. There is a home about one mile from the fire that is being guarded but was not yet in danger, she said.

For more on the fire, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union.

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