Traffic conditions for motorists headed to recreation areas east and west of Sacramento eased somewhat late Friday with at least partial reopening of highways through fire areas.
One lane of Highway 50 in El Dorado County reopened at 5:30 p.m. Officials said traffic would be metered at Sly Park Road in Pollock Pines and at Meyers, and escorted through the fire area.
In the area of the Wragg fire, burning in Napa and Solano counties, Highway 128 reopened about 5 p.m. It had briefly reopened around noon, but then was closed again due to spot fires, according to the California Department of Transportation.
In El Dorado County, where the Kyburz fire was burning mostly north of Highway 50, motorists had been detoured south on Sly Park Road five miles to Mormon Emigrant trail, then to Highway 88. Big trucks were advised to take Highway 49 south to Jackson and east on Highway 88 to Highway 89 and north to Lake Tahoe.
The California Highway Patrol, however, warned of extremely heavy traffic on Highway 88, saying motorists could experience delays of more than two hours trying to make it across Highway 88. No gas stations or restrooms are available along that detour route.
As an alternate route, the CHP suggested taking Interstate 80 to Highway 89, or Highway 28 to Highway 50 and into South Lake Tahoe. Caltrans also suggests taking I-80 to Highway 267, then Highway 28 along east shore of Lake Tahoe to Highway 50.