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Interstate 5 is shut down in both directions in the Santa Nella area of Merced County due to a brush fire.
Authorities say there is heavy smoke in the area, and they are diverting traffic onto Highway 33.
TrafficAlert: Merced County I-5 closed in both directions @ Santa Nella due to Brush Fire. Heavy smoke in the area Detour at SR-152. No ETO. Use Alt. Route— Caltrans District 10 (@CaltransDist10) May 9, 2020
1,231 PG&E customers have lost power in the area, according to the utility company's website.
Authorities say a big rig's trailer caught fire at about 2:30 pm, and the flames spread, sparking the brush fire.
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