Under the direction of the forest service engine and El Dorado County Sheriff, 100 individuals comprising of 70 children and 30 adults were successfully evacuated out of the music camp.
Incident command is classified as a type three however will be transitioning to a type two beginning tomorrow morning with anticipation completion by tomorrow afternoon. Instant command post and camp will be set up at the county fairgrounds.
Air support which was initiated at the onset included eight fire retardant bombers and five helicopters. In a collective effort to fully contain the fire, there are 200 firefighters from Cal Fire, the US Forest Service, and El Dorado County. Highway 50 is currently open with one lane escort.
The extent of the fire is still being determined; however, early estimates put the range between 160 and 400 acres. The fire is in the older burn site of Fred's fire which poses many advantages for containment.
While the fire is relatively small the steep terrain makes for many challenges: air support has to contend with variable winds and a shift in the wind could cause a potential issue for residents in Strawberry and Kyburz. Additionally, knowing that highway 50 is critical for economic sustainability, every effort is being made to keep the highway open while maintaining public safety.
Given the extreme conditions, our resources are severely burdened; therefore, it is crucial that we take extra precautions when dealing with fire.
The Kyburz Fire began today at 12:41 approximately 1/2 mile east of 29 Mile Post off Highway 50. 2 air tankers, one helicopter, 8 engines, ten engines are on order, 7 hand crews are on order.
Update 7-10: 615 acres, 80%
Update: 1810 50 acres, 0% contained.
Update: 18:00 40 acres in size.
Update: 15:30 Air attack now saying 30+ acres but hard to confirm due to smoke.Update: 14:45 IC reports 25 plus acres and expect growth due to winds. T-43 & T-41 pulled from Bison Fire enroute to Kyburz Fire.
GPS: 38.774228, -120.293644