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Update: Interstate 80 reopened in both directions after being closed because of Farad Fire

A brush fire has burned about 500 acres along Interstate 80 near the Farad Exit.

A westbound lane of Interstate 80 near the state line of Nevada was reopened after being closed for hours because of a wildfire that has burned about 600 acres roughly 12 miles northeast of Truckee, authorities said.

The wildfire was 10 percent contained as 6:07 p.m., CAL FIRE said

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

 

EARLIER VERSION 6:43 P.M.

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 have been reopened after being shuttered because of a wildfire that has scorched about 600 acres about 12 miles northeast of Truckee, authorities said.

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The westbound side should be open in about an hour, said California Highway Patrol Officer Pete Mann at about 6:43 p.m. on Monday, July 10.

“The winds have calmed down,” he said.

The wildfire was 10 percent contained as 6:07 p.m., CAL FIRE said.

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

 

EARLIER VERSION 6:07 P.M.

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 6:07 p.m., CAL FIRE said.

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 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 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 state line.

“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.