Oct 8, 2014 6:46 PM by News Staff
APPLEGATE, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters are battling five grass fires that have grown to about 50 acres and have forced the closure of eastbound Interstate 80 in the unincorporated community of Applegate in Placer County.
Officer Mike Martis of California Highway Patrol says officers were alerted to the fires at around 1:49 p.m. Wednesday. He says at least two callers reported seeing several car tires burning along the interstate's eastbound shoulder.
Martis says California Highway Patrol officers are enforcing the interstate's closure and diverting drivers.
He says it's unclear when the I-80's eastbound lanes will re-open.
Cal Fire has ordered the evacuation of several homes in the Weimar area. Martis says Placer County Sheriff deputies are assisting with the evacuations.
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