EL DORADO COUNTY, CA -The California Highway Patrol is now allowing one-way traffic on Highway 50between Alder Creek and Sand Flatnear Kyburzafterheavy smoke from a brush fire closed the main artery Monday afternoon.
The flamestorched 160 acres and firefighters have reached 40 percent containment as of Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
For some property owners in the area, they say the fire reminds them of the destructive Cleveland Fire 20 years ago.
"Every cabin in our tract lost their home, and when we drove back up, all that was standing was the chimneys," said Jackie Johnston.
Monday night, Johnston said she was grabbing some items out of her cabin just in case, but she believes the firefighters will get the fire under control. The CHP says a wheel axle started sparking while someone was towing a car along the highway. That was at 12:41 p.m.
The CHP says a wheel axle started sparking while someone was towing a car along the highway. That was at 12:41 p.m.
About 100 campers, including 70 kids, were evacuated from Sugarloaf Oregon campground in the area, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. One small outbuilding burned.
The flames wereburning toward the northeast up the mountainside, according to the USFS.
Sacramento-bound motorists can also detour onto Highway 89 to Highway 88 or take 89 to Interstate 80.
Earlier Monday, there wasa 55-acre blaze west ofSmartsville off of McGanney Lane and Highway 20. That one began about 10 Monday morning, said Lynne Tolmachoff with Cal Fire.Two structures were threatened but did not burn.
Crewscontained the fire and Highway 20 was reopened.