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.
The CHP advised motorists to use Highway 50 or Mount Rose Highway as alternate routes during the closure.