I-80 is closed in both directions due to a growing fire near Farad in the Sierra. Video courtesy of Kevin Quinn. pic.twitter.com/JntIiSG977— Brian Hickey (@kcraBrianHickey) July 10, 2017
by Jessica Lachenal
Fire season is underway, everybody.
Firefighters are currently battling seven wildfires throughout Northern California, including the newly ignited Farad Fire near Truckee which shut down I-80 in both directions Tuesday. While several of these fires are working their way to full containment, a few continue to rage on, likely well into this week. Keep an eye out for traffic reports if you’re planning on traveling, especially toward Tahoe or up around Oroville, and be safe out there!
Currently, the Farad Fire rages along the California/Nevada border near Truckee. It has consumed over 600 acres and sits at only about 5% containment. The fire's grown so bad that I-80 was shut down in both directions earlier today, and the video above shows how close the fire is to the freeway. There are no estimates as to when the highway will be opened back up, as firefighters are battling just to keep the fire from jumping over the freeway.
This 5,800-acre blaze has prompted Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency north of Bangor (Butte County) on Monday. It's at about 45% containment, and has destroyed at least 37 buildings while damaging five others.
Eagle Lake, Lassen National Forest (
Early morning estimates place this fire at about 10,000 acres set ablaze and counting. It was sparked by a lightning strike, and due to high winds, quickly spread across the area. Highway 93 and 24 were closed in response but have since re-opened.
Morgan Hill (
What started as a brush fire late Monday evening along San Felipe Road yesterday has, as of this morning, spread to consume 70 acres in Santa Clara County. Firefighters believe it to be CalFire's last estimate.
Klamath National Forest (
Interestingly enough, a lightning bolt triggered this blaze back in June. It's being closely monitored, though it appears to be in full containment.
This blaze in Yolo County has been going since last Thursday, and as of this morning, has consumed 2,269 acres. Firefighters believe that it is about 90% contained.