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Kyburz fire shuts down Highway 50

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From page A1 | July 10, 2013 | 10 Comments

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A CAL FIRE air tanker drops retardant over the Kyburz Fire on Monday, July 8. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

A fire closed Highway 50 near Kyburz Monday afternoon and as of Tuesday afternoon, was burning about 615 acres.

The fire was reported at 12:41 p.m. Monday, said Cal Fire’s Teri Mizuhara. According to the U.S. National Forest’s Website, it originated about a half-mile east from the Mile 29 post marker off Highway 50. Problems with smoke and terrain prevented a more accurate acreage count, Mizuhara said.

The fire was about 40 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon, Mizuhara said, and two outbuildings had been damaged. A music camp voluntarily evacuated about 100 people just after the fire was reported, but no buildings are currently threatened. The fire is mostly heading north, she said, into a “timber, rugged” area.

“Spotting ahead of the main fire” has impeded crews, she said, and they have tried to “draw a line and put everything out in that containment line.”

Aircraft and hand crews are being used where possible, she said, and Highway 50 is only traveling in one direction with a Cal Trans escort vehicle. The other direction is required to circle back. Fire equipment is on the highway, she said, and they are worried debris from the fire could roll onto the road.

The fire could be upgraded from a Type 3 to a Type 2, Mizuhara said, meaning a new management team would come in and take over. Fire crews from around the state and possibly the country would be brought in to relieve local crews, who would go back to local calls. The decision was to be made at 6 p.m. Tuesday, after the Mountain Democrat’s deadline.

Although CHP has declared the fire to have been caused by a vehicle, the Forest Service, the lead agency on the fire, has not disclosed a cause yet.

There were 864 personnel, 23 hand crews, 50 engines, four helicopters, two air tankers and an air attack plane responding to the fire Tuesday morning. The Forest Service, Cal Fire, El Dorado County Fire, Rescue Fire, Garden Valley Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire, Cal Trans, CHP and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the blaze.

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Discussion | 10 comments

  • FranJuly 09, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    All those good people--I pray no one gets hurt.

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  • reasonable robJuly 09, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    Socialism. My thanks to all who serve.

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  • FranJuly 09, 2013 - 8:35 pm

    What an odd response...I would almost think you didnt care about the people risking their lives...but are trying to make some point? Socialism...you need to figure out what it means...and go back to caring about these huge crews of individual people risking their lives. It is not 11 people--it is 864+ individual people who care enough to say to themselves--I may not make it home to my own family tonight...but im going in anyway. That is an individual decision. And I honor all of these people.

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  • Angela LatimerJuly 10, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Well put Fran. THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY PERSON WORKING THE FIRE, AND THEIR FAMILYS. This fire could have been a lot worst.

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  • cookie65July 10, 2013 - 11:23 am

    Fran, I can help you out with deciphering the twit comment of socialism. Things such as fire departments, law enforcement, military, public safety are all paid for from moneys collected from all who pay taxes. So the person who wants you to pay for their healthcare, food, rent, utilities equates the need for something everybody supports with socialism as a whole. To them there is no difference in the fact that everyone understands and supports the need for taxation to provide public safety and the use of taxation to compensate for an individuals unwillingness to support themselves. Most everyone who pays taxes is willing to do there part to provide for public safety, decent roads, clean water. So the inept, vote for a paycheck socialist will attempt to leverage those necessities into what the call social justice or economic justice. They call it the social contract and it simply means that as long as the government is using tax money for the good of everyone then the good of everyone should include economic support for those to lazy to work.

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  • FranJuly 10, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    Thank you Cookie...I just didnt get the comment.

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  • reasonable robJuly 10, 2013 - 7:42 pm

    I apologize for my attempt at brevity and wit. Yes, Cookie, I was making light of the view held by some here that taxation is theft; I was glad to see some of my tax dollars at work. I don't agree with how all of them are spent, just like you. But no one should go hungry, or homeless, or without needed medical care, and as a beneficiary of this society I'm willing to chip in for my share. What really gets me is the amount of corporate welfare and related corruption. One less bank bailout would pay for a lot of beans. Or firefighters. cc/NSA

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  • cookie65July 10, 2013 - 8:11 pm

    Wasn't it eric holder who said some of those corrupt institutions are too big to prosecute? Crony capitalism is not free market and we have never seen an administration so determined at picking winners and losers. How many people would the green fraud feed? The government uses confiscated tax dollars to feed itself and uses the poor as an excuse for the confiscation.

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  • cookie65July 10, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    Is a 50% death tax really taxation or is it confiscation?

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  • waggyJuly 11, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    Preach it Cookie, preach it; you are dead on. The left leadership loves to vilify corporations as greedy. Meanwhile the amount of money that Washington house and senate leaders have influence over dwarfs it. Nameless corporations are just a deflection. Handouts equal votes which equals power which equals money.

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