Sacto 9-1-1
July 8, 2013
UPDATE: Blown tire starts fire, closes Highway 50 in Sierra

By Tony Bizjak and Cathy Locke

Highway 50 is closed to eastbound traffic at Pollock Pines and westbound traffic at Meyers due to a fire that is sending heavy smoke over the road, making it unsafe.

The fire, in a rural area between White Hall and Kyburz, has burned between 40 and 50 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which reported that eight air tankers and five helicopters are being used to battle the blaze.

The California Department of Transportation announced that eastbound traffic is being held at Sly Park Road in Pollock Pines. Westbound motorists are being diverted at Meyers, with Sacramento-bound travelers advised to take Highway 89 to Highway 88 or Highway 89 to Initerstate 80. Caltrans officials said they do not know when Highway 50 will reopen.

The California Highway Patrol reported that a blown vehicle tire started the fire.

Caltrans is tweeting at @D3PIO.

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