What a week! | SierraSun.com

What a week!

This hasn’t been the easiest week in Truckee’s history.

First, an earthquake struck the area Friday, shaking a lot of shelves and rattling many peoples’ nerves.

Then, the fire flared up at Emigrant Gap Sunday, and by Monday afternoon the blaze had grown enough to force the closure of Interstate 80 for nearly two days. It’s the second severe fire within 30 miles of Truckee this fire season, and it might not be the last.

One never really knows how much traffic there is on Interstate 80 until it stops. It’s the main artery between Sacramento and Reno-and San Francisco and Maryland, where it eventually ends a few thousand miles east of here.

Having traffic stopped on Interstate 80 in the winter isn’t a rare sight in these parts, but having it closed in the summer in the height of tourist season is a little different.

Traffic didn’t just back up in downtown Truckee. It backed up in Reno, in Auburn, in South Lake Tahoe and even in Carson City and Roseville.

Fortunately, most of those who were forced to detour or delay their travels due to the Gap Fire were understanding of the situation. While local law enforcement agencies reported a lot of frayed tempers and close calls, there were thankfully few major accidents related to the fire.

It’s been said before and it’ll be said again, but it’s hard to grow tired of saying it: our firefighters and policemen deserve a huge round of applause from everyone in Truckee. Their tireless efforts in battling the Gap Fire and the concurrent traffic chaos that ensued from I-80’s closure were amazing.

A shopworn cliche that’s often used in cases like this is to say the workers went “above and beyond the call of duty.”

But the truth is, all the brave men and women involved this week simply answered the call of duty to the very best of their ability – and fulfilled the oath they signed when they agreed to serve in their uniforms.

Our thanks to you all.

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