Fires

Kyburz fire fully contained at 75 acres

Jessica Reeve with the U.S. Forest Service digs out burning debris at the Kyburz fire off Highway 50 on Saturday in Eldorado National Forest.
Jessica Reeve with the U.S. Forest Service digs out burning debris at the Kyburz fire off Highway 50 on Saturday in Eldorado National Forest. aseng@sacbee.com

The Kyburz fire was reported fully contained Wednesday after burning through 75 acres of timber and steep canyon areas off Highway 50 in El Dorado County.

The fire was reported around 2 p.m. July 23 in the south fork of the American River canyon, west of the community of Kyburz. It burned east of Whitehall on both sides of Highway 50, prompting evacuations and closure of Highway 50. One lane of the highway reopened Friday evening. All lanes were open on Saturday.

Although a car fire reportedly spread into trees and brush in the area, the U.S. Forest Service reports that the cause of the Kyburz fire remains under investigation.

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