Kyburz Fire 95 percent contained
July 12, 2013
Firefighters hope to have the Kyburz Fire fully contained this evening after maintaining 95 percent containment since Wednesday evening.
While an estimated size of the fire was put at 634 acres Tuesday evening, officials mapped the fire again during the night and reduced the size estimate to 615 acres. The number of resources assigned to the fire was reduced to about 25 crews and 25 engines, according to U.S. Forest Service public information officer Jean Hawthorne. Two outbuildings had been destroyed by the fire.
Firefighters started rehabilitation work Thursday, in addition to securing the perimeter and extinguishing hot spots. They also brought in a specialist to assess the damage and determine how to prevent soil erosion and put the roads and trails back to the condition they were in before the fire started, she said.
"We've had good weather to assist us and the added air resources really helped us," Hawthorne said.
Highway 50 remains open to two-way traffic. Granite Springs and Webber Mill roads remain closed for public safety. All campgrounds are open.
El Dorado County Air Quality management District Health Services Department put out a wildfire smoke advisory Wednesday morning. Officials expect that El Dorado County may continue to be affected on an intermittent basis, the release stated. Smoke conditions can vary a great deal in El Dorado County because of the terrain, wind direction and weather.
"If you see or smell smoke you should limit outdoor activity," El Dorado County Air Pollution Control Officer Dave Johnston stated in the release.