SECRET TOWN, Calif. — CalTrans temporarily closed I-80 in Placer County near Dutch Flat due to a truck fire on an off-ramp on Sunday.
The fire was at the Secret Town Road off-ramp on westbound I-80. Around 10 p.m., Caltrans announced that all lanes were reopened.
Cal Fire NEU responded to the fire Sunday afternoon and arrived to a well-involved commercial trailer and vegetation fire. Officials said the vehicle fire spread into the vegetation and was progressing at a moderate rate of spread due to winds.
Firefighters said homes were threatened in the Gold Run Area, but they were able to contain the fire at 1.1 acres with no structure loss.
According to Cal Fire, 2020 was one of the most severe fire seasons on record as 9,917 wildfires burned 4.2 million acres. Over 9,000 structures were destroyed, and 31 people (civilians and firefighters) were killed.
California also experienced its first "Gigafire" because of the August Complex Fire, burning over 1 million acres by itself. Four of California's top five largest wildfires in state history happened in 2020.
If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.
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