Eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 just east of Colfax in Placer County have reopened after Pacific Gas & Electric crews removed power lines that were down across those lanes.
Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said lanes were reopened at around 6:20 p.m. thanks to "a quick response by PG&E."
Berlant said the power lines were knocked down by a pine tree falling onto them just before 5:30 p.m. today.
The California Highway Patrol subsequently closed the eastbound lanes of I-80, giving PG&E crews time to safely remove the power lines and clear debis from the roadway.
Officials said they do not now know why the pine tree fell. They did not link its falling to storms currently peppering the Sierra Nevada from Placer County up to the Oregon border.
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