One lane of Highway 50 is partly back open in the area of the Kyburz Fire. But traffic is moving slowly because it is being metered and drivers are being escorted about a mile by Caltrans vehicles.
Traffic on Highway 50 is moving again, but moving slowly, after one of the highway lane reopened through the area of the Kyburz Fire.
Authorities have confirmed suspicions that the wildfire burning near Kyburz was sparked by a car.
A CBS13 viewer captured a blanket of smoke and flames swallowing Highway 50 near Kyburz. Part of the westbound lane was later lined with crime scene tape and a truck being towed away. Investigators would not say it it’s the same vehicle related to early reports of a car fire in the area.
The U.S. Forest Service says it expects to have a Northern California wildfire fully contained by Friday.
The Cleveland Fire killed two firefighters and charred more than 22,000 acres of forest land. It shut down main roadways and cost millions in resources.
Highway 50 has been closed indefinitely in both directions near Kyburz in El Dorado County due to thick smoke blowing across the roadway from a nearby fire.