NEWCASTLE (CBS13) — The latest on a string of grass fires near Newcastle:
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Cal Fire reports that all three fires have now been contained.
Traffic is still moving slowly on eastbound I-80 between Penryn and Newcastle.
Expect fire crews to be on scene through the afternoon.
#Update Incident Commander reports all three fires are contained. Traffic moving slowly on eastbound Interstate 80 in the Penryn and Newcastle areas.
— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) July 21, 2021
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A grass fire just off of Interstate 80 in Newcastle has prompted some evacuation orders.
The fire is in the area of Newcastle Road.
According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, residents within a 1-mile radius of the area are being asked to leave the area.
#TrafficAlert: There are multiple vegetation fires reported along I-80 EB near Newcastle. The slow lane is currently blocked for fire response. No ETO@PlacerCA @CHPAuburn @CALFIRENEU @PlacerSheriff pic.twitter.com/bXYjvsC1kn
— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) July 21, 2021
Cal Fire says the incident appears to have started as several spot fires along the eastbound side of the freeway.MORE NEWS: Citrus Heights Woman Captured on Surveillance Video Before Arson Arrest
Updates to follow.