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I-5 partially reopened in Shasta Lake area after closure due to fire

Brush and vehicle fires shut down a section of Interstate 5 near Shasta Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.
Brush and vehicle fires shut down a section of Interstate 5 near Shasta Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. California Department of Transportation

A section of Interstate 5 near Shasta Lake that was closed to traffic due to brush and vehicle fires was partially reopened early Tuesday evening.

According to the California Highway Patrol website, one southbound and one northbound lane were opened shortly after 7 p.m.

What has been dubbed the Bridge Fire was reported at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday along I-5 just north of the Pit River Bridge on Shasta Lake, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s incident website. As of early Tuesday evening, it was reported 20 percent contained with 41 acres burned.

A southbound semi-truck carrying hay caught fire when it passed the Bridge Fire and after it crossed the Pit River Bridge, the truck became fully engulfed on the south side of the bridge, causing a secondary fire.

Northbound I-5 was closed north of the Fawndale exit and southbound lanes were closed at the O’Brien exit.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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