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Farad Fire Update: Interstate 80 reopened in both directions; blaze grows to 670 acres

A brush fire has burned about 500 acres along Interstate 80 near the Farad Exit.
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The Farad Fire was 20 percent contained as of late Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The wind-driven wildfire has consumed about 670 acres in the hills adjacent to Interstate 80 about 12 miles northeast of Truckee.

The fire also forced the closure of I-80 in both directions earlier Tuesday. The eastbound and westbound lanes have since been reopened, but traffic is heavy coming from Nevada into California.

EARLIER VERSION 2:55 P.M.

The Interstate 80 eastbound and westbound lanes have been reopened, the California Highway Patrol said at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. However, only one westbound lane is open at this time.

The California Highway Patrol will be escorting traffic from the Farad Exit to Nevada state line in order to allow helicopters to cross the interstate.

EARLIER VERSION 12:44 P.M.

The Farad Fire, which is burning in an area about 12 miles northeast of Truckee, has grown to 670 acres, authorities said on Tuesday afternoon, July 11.

The eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 80 remain closed. There is no timetable for the lanes to be reopened.

There are no evacuation orders in effect, although seven structures are being monitored in the Gold Ranch and Verdi Peak areas. No injuries have been reported.

EARLIER VERSION 9:30 A.M.

The eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 80 remain closed as of 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, because of the Farad Fire about 12 miles northeast of Truckee, the California Highway Patrol said.

The westbound side of I-80 was closed about 7 a.m. near the stateline, while the eastbound side was shuttered a short while later near State Route 267. Closures were made because of water helicopters working the fire, smoke, and debris.

The wildfire, which has scorched about 600 acres, is 5 percent contained, according to an update from CAL FIRE at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 11.

There are no evacuation orders in effect, although seven structures are being monitored in the Gold Ranch and Verdi Peak areas.

EARLIER VERSION 7:54 A.M.

The eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 80 were closed on Tuesday morning, July 11, because of the Farad Fire about 12 miles northeast of Truckee, the California Highway Patrol said.

The closures were made because of water helicopters working the fire, smoke, and debris.



The fire, which is located in the hills above I-80 near the Farad Exit, was reported about 1 p.m. on Monday, July 10. The wind-driven fire quickly made its way up the adjacent hillside, and continues to burn in an area void of structures.

The wildfire, which has scorched 600 acres, is 10 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE.




Original story:

A wildfire northeast of Truckee has grown to 600 acres and shut down Interstate 80 in both directions, authorities said.

The fire is 10 percent contained as of 6:06 p.m., CAL FIRE said.

The fire, which is located in the hills above the I-80 near the Farad Exit, was reported about 1 p.m. on Monday, July 10. The wind-driven fire quickly made its way up the adjacent hillside, and continues to burn in an area void of structures about 12 miles northeast of Truckee.

Eastbound motorists are being diverted at State Route 267, the California Highway Patrol said. Highway 50 and Mount Rose Highway are advised alternate routes.

There is no timetable for the I-80 to reopen. No injuries have been reported.

EARLIER VERSION 5:55 P.M.

A 500-plus acre wildfire northeast of Truckee has shut down Interstate 80 in both directions, the California Highway Patrol said.

The fire, which is located in the hills above the I-80 near the Farad Exit, was reported about 1 p.m. on Monday, July 10. The wind-driven fire quickly made its way up the adjacent hillside, and continues to burn in an area void of structures.

At one point, the flames got within 10 feet of the interstate, said California Highway Patrol Officer Pete Mann. No injuries have been reported.

“In the interest of public safety, we closed the (interstate),” he said.

There is no timetable for the I-80 to reopen.

Eastbound traffic is being diverted at State Route 267. A “hard closure” was put in place at 5:58 p.m. Westbound motorists are largely stuck near the stateline.

“They are parked,” Mann said.

Highway 50 and Mount Rose Highway are advised alternate routes.

EARLIER VERSION 4:40 P.M.:

The westbound and eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 have been closed because of a brush fire near the Farad Exit, the California Highway Patrol said.

The eastbound lanes were closed about 4:40 p.m. Monday, July 10. A single westbound lane was reopened earlier, but a shift in the wind led authorities to shutter I-80 in both directions, said California Highway Patrol Officer Pete Mann.

“It’s blowing pretty good,” said Mann on the wind conditions in the area roughly 12 miles northeast of Truckee.

Eastbound I-80 has been closed at Hirschdale Road, the California Highway Patrol said.

The blaze, which has been dubbed the “Farad Fire,” has scorched more than 500 acres, CAL FIRE said.

No injuries have been reported. No structures have burned.

EARLIER VERSION 3:40 P.M.:

One westbound lane of Interstate 80 has been reopened on Monday afternoon, July 10, after all lanes were closed because of a brush fire on the adjacent hillside, the California Highway Patrol said.

“It’s a slow go,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Pete Mann at 3:40 p.m. on Monday about the westbound traffic headed toward Truckee.

He added, “Eastbound is flowing.”

The wind-driven fire had burned more than 500 acres, CAL FIRE said in a Facebook post about 3:09 p.m. Monday.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

ORIGINAL VERSION 2:35 P.M.:

A westbound stretch of Interstate 80 has been shut down east of the Farad Exit because of a brush fire on Monday afternoon, July 10, the California Highway Patrol said.

The fire is located about 12 miles northeast of Truckee. Eastbound I-80 is open.

“Looks like it started near the roadside,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Pete Mann at 2:35 p.m. on Monday.

He added that the fire was working its way up an adjacent hill, and a California Department of Transportation crew was working to open up a westbound lane.

This story will be updated.

Wyatt Haupt Jr. is a reporter for the Sierra Sun, a sister paper of The Union. Contact him at whaupt@sierrasun.com.


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