Interstate 80 has reopened to traffic after a wildland fire closed the freeway between Truckee and the California-Nevada state line Monday afternoon.
Eastbound lanes reopened about 6:30 p.m. and the California Highway Patrol reported shortly after 8 p.m. that westbound travel had resumed, although traffic was limited to the left lane as fire crews continued to work in the area.
The Farad Fire started about 1 p.m. in Sierra County, along Interstate 80 and the California-Nevada state line, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s incident web page. As of 6 p.m., CalFire reported it was 10 percent contained with 600 acres burned.
The highway was closed in both directions about 4:30 when the fire pushed down to the freeway. The westbound freeway was closed at the state line and eastbound traffic was held at Hirschdale Road near Truckee.
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The CHP advised motorists to use Highway 50 or Mount Rose Highway as alternate routes during the closure.