See semitruck on fire near Colfax
Update at 12:15 p.m.:
One lane of traffic remains open in each direction as of 12:11 p.m., while the second lane each way is expected to be closed until at least 4:15 p.m. for cleanup, the California Highway Patrol’s Auburn office said in a tweet.
Update at 11 a.m.:
One lane of traffic is open in each direction as of 11 a.m.
Update at 10:30 a.m.:
One lane of eastbound traffic reopened after 10:30 a.m., according to CHP.
Both directions of Interstate 80 have been closed just west of Colfax after a semitruck fire spread into the wildland area off the freeway Monday morning, Placer County authorities and Cal Fire said.
A semitruck “fully engulfed” in flames closed westbound lanes between Weimar Crossing and Canyon Way, Caltrans said in a tweet just before 9:30 a.m.
Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit then said via Twitter that the fire had spread into the wildland area near Canyon Way.
Cal Fire said in a tweet less than 10 minutes later that the wildfire threat had been controlled, but that eastbound I-80 was also closed at Placer Hills Road, a few miles south of Canyon Way, as crews handle the commercial vehicle fire.
One lane of eastbound traffic reopened after 10:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Westbound I-80 remains closed with no estimated time of reopening. Travelers are urged to avoid the area.
CHP’s incident log indicates the semitruck driver exited the vehicle safely.