Fire at state line worsens |

Fire at state line worsens

A wildfire in steep terrain along Interstate 80 near Truckee grew to 300 acres Tuesday and was only 20 percent contained.

And investigators have determined it was caused by people – though they do not know who did it or how, Marnie Bonesteel of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest said.

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,” Bonesteel said. “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.”

The fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. Monday about 500 feet from the freeway.

Bonesteel said there is no known containment time for what is now being called 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.


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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