Interstate 80 fire contained
July 12, 2004
Staff reportsFirefighters have contained a 50-acre wildfire along Interstate 80 near Floriston.
Fire officials said firefighters spent Saturday mopping up the site near Floriston. The fire was contained overnight.Fire crews responded to the at about 2:15 p.m. on Friday. Winds quickly fanned the blaze to more than a dozen acres, according to Gene Welch, public information officer for the Truckee Fire Protection District.
By 6:30 p.m., approximately 50 acres had burned with 210 firefighters and massive air support containing about 20 percent of the blaze, said Daniel Berlant of the California Department of Forestry.No structures were threatened and no road closures were reported. One firefighter was pulled of the lines with heat exhaustion, Berlant said.At various times during the day, six air tankers, four helicopters, 25 engines, one bulldozer and six water tenders were on scene. Including six handcrews, there are 210 firefighters working to contain the fire from Truckee, North Lake Tahoe Fire District, the CDF and the U.S. Forest Service.
Berlant said that while Interstate 80 remained open, rubber-neckers were causing a slowdown.”There is some distraction with the aircraft in the air and helicopters filling their buckets from the [Truckee] river,” he said. “Traffic is moving slowly.”
Its cause remained under investigation Saturday.Associated Press contributed to this story.