Highway 50 is closed east of Sly Park Road in Pollock Pines and west of Meyers as 6:55 p.m. Further assessment shall take place before the route can be open again for traffic the next day, July 24.
The Eldorado National Forest Service advised motorists to take a detour south on Sly Park Road five miles to Mormon Emigrant Trail, then to Highway 88.
Motorists are highly advised NOT to follow their GPS as the service will only reroute them from Sly Park to Park Creek Road, which will lead them back to the closure area and they should not take that route.
U.S. Forest Service reported that the Kyburz fire started at approximately 1:58 p.m. on July 23. The fire brought with isolated torching but firefighters are making good progress. Five percent of the fire had already been extinguished. The section of fire on the south side of the highway still has some short range spotting up to a 1/4 mile, the Forest Service said.
— Ed Joyce (@EdJoyce) July 24, 2015
Mandatory and voluntary evacuation in place
Both mandatory and voluntary evacuations are already taking place as of Thursday. Mandatory evacuations are in place from Whitehall to Sand Flat Campground while residents from Sand Flat to Strawberry are advised to evacuate voluntarily.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire is burning the north of American River on both sides of Highway 50. Fire is burning north towards the 2013 Kyburz fire area.
The American Red Cross of Sierra-Delta posted to Facebook that it is establishing a shelter operations at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center.