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Highway 50 reopen after fire forces lane closures, evacuations in El Dorado County

Fire officials say the fire is 15 acres and 25% contained, all evacuation orders lifted

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. — 10:15 p.m. update:

All evacuation orders have been lifted after a fire between Highway 50 and Durock Road burned through 15 acres of brush and dry grass Sunday, Cal Fire officials said. The fire remains at 25% containment.

The fire was started by a vehicle traveling along eastbound Highway 50, and fire officials urged drivers to make sure their vehicle is properly maintained.

All lanes of eastbound Highway 50 have reopened to traffic, and Durock Road is also open to traffic in both directions.

7:30 p.m. update:

Crews are making progress in fighting a fire that started near Highway 50 and Durock Road on Sunday afternoon.

As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Cal Fire officials said the fire was 10 acres and 25% contained. 

Eastbound traffic on Highway 50 has been reduced to one lane between Cameron Park Drive and Ponderosa Road, and Durock Road is still closed to traffic in both directions.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Evacuations are underway for some areas in El Dorado County as firefighters try to knock down a five-acre fire.

Cal Fire said the blaze is between Durock Road and Highway 50. Durock Road has been closed to all traffic and the right lane of eastbound Highway 50 is closed at Cameron Park Drive as crews continue the fire fight.

Officials said structures are threatened and evacuations have been issued for areas north of Durock Road and Highway 50.

Caltrans said crews have responded to the area and drivers should expect delays along the highway.

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