Wildfire rages through Truckee River Canyon
In just five hours Sunday, a wildfire engulfed more than 4,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land east of Truckee.
The fire started at about noon near the small community of Hirschdale south of Interstate 80 and the Truckee River. By 3 p.m., the fire had jumped the river and the interstate, burning 2,000 acres and prompting authorities to close westbound Interstate 80 at the Nevada state line and
eastbound at Highway 89.By 5 p.m., the fire had grown to 4,000 acres.
One firefighter was being treated for heat exhaustion, but no one else was injured, said Tina Rose, fire prevention officer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Three hours into the fire, more than 220 firefighters were battling the blaze from the ground and the air. Because of the dry conditions and consistent breeze, more were being called to the fire.
“We’re ordering from all over California right now,” Rose said. “We’ve got some wind pushing it there, and that’s making the sight from the air very difficult. If we can’t fight it from the air, that really hinders the containment of a forest fire.”
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department evacuated the small community of Floriston as the fire approached. It is unclear how many people were evacuated and where they were sent.
Watching from her deck, Glenshire resident Gail Tondettar watched the fire work its way easterly – away from her house.
“We’ve been watching it for hours,” she said. “The helicopters were taking water out of the pond by my house.”
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