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One lane of Highway 50 near Kyburz reopens after big rig fire

Cal Fire recommends taking Highway 88 to 89 through Kirkwood and 89 North if you are heading to South Lake Tahoe.

KYBURZ, Calif. — A big rig caught fire Friday morning, blocking off both directions of Highway 50 near Kyburz in El Dorado County.

Crews contained the fire, which spread to nearby vegetation causing stopped traffic on the highway with no way around.

According to California Highway Patrol Placerville, there is currently no estimated time for when the road will be fully reopened. Meanwhile, officials suggest travelers headed towards South Lake Tahoe take Highway 88 to 89 through Kirkwood and 89 North.

Caltrans District 3 tweeted around 1:40 p.m. the eastbound lane has reopened, and they are working on one-way traffic control to get westbound traffic through.

CHP Placerville told ABC10 that the driver of the truck is unharmed and the cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Traffic map, updates can be viewed HERE.

Watch more from ABC10: California Wildfires: Rices, Sandra Fire July 1 update

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