A fivethousand acre fire is burning near Kyburz along Highway 50 in Eldorado County. The Freds Fire started yesterday. A 20 mile stretch of Highway 50 from Myers to Sly Park is closed. Residents of Kyburz and Silver Fork were evacuated last night. So far no homes have been destroyed. This fire is 3o-percent contained. A fire manager there says downed power lines may be to blame
To the south, firefighters have been battling a 12-thousand acre fire near Highway 88. The Power Fire is burning 17-miles east of the town of Pioneer. No homes are threatened right now but crews do have structure protections in place near dozens of summer cabins that have been evacuated. This fire is 30-percent contained with full containment expected by October 30th.