By Ryan Hill

CAMERON PARK (CBS13) – A grass fire that broke out in the Cameron Park area caused evacuations and impacted traffic on Highway 50 on Sunday, Cal Fire said.

Cal Fire AEU said Sunday night that the fire was started by a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 50.

“[I’m] hanging in there. Anxious,” Valerie Fox, whose parents live near the fire, said. “It’s right by their apartment complex which is really scary. So, I’m a little nervous just wanting to get up there and make sure everybody’s okay.”

Cal Fire said the fire has burned about 15-acres and was 25% contained. Forward progress has also been stopped.

Evacuations were ordered for the area between north of Durock Road and Highway 50 but have since been lifted. At least one home has sustained damage and two other structures were destroyed, Cal Fire said at around 7:20 p.m.

Mike McCarthy manages two apartment complexes up on Durock Road. He didn’t take a chance with the flames inching closer to one of them.

“When I saw it, I got to my 82-year-old mother that I wanted to get evacuated out. So, we came down here to wait it out,” McCarthy said.

At least one eastbound Highway 50 lane in the area was closed between the Cameron Park Drive and Ponderosa Road exits, but Cal Fire said at around 9:20 p.m. that all roadways were open.

Cal Fire said crews will be working throughout the night to gain further containment of the fire and prevent further damage to buildings.

Crista Brown was on her home from Sacramento and is now left wondering if the flames hit her house.

“I’m kind of up the hill. So, I think that if it was my house, I would see the smoke more because it’s higher,” Brown said. “Just saying some prayers.”

The California wildfire season is once again putting people on alert and on edge.

“I was like, ‘Really? We don’t need this right now. Please,’” Fox said. “Yeah, it’s been crazy and this is another thing to worry about.”


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