Highway 50 opens
Once the California Highway Patrol deemed the major thoroughfare safe from falling debris, Highway 50 opened Monday morning, after a fire that burned 320 acres this weekend loosened rocks and trees.
The road closed Friday between Meyers and Pollock Pines for 64 hours.
The opened road had no significant problems or challenges, as in traffic jams from the influx of motorists, CHP Tahoe spokeswoman Sherry Reehl said.
The authorities closed the road when a fire that started that evening in the Eldorado National Forest a quarter mile from the St Pauli Inn appeared too dangerous for motorists to drive on.
The blaze covered an area previously burned by the Cleveland fire, which consumed the American River Basin hillside about eight years ago.
— Susan Wood