Highway 50 in Fire Zone Reopened for Local Residents


US Highway 50

District:  District 3 - Marysville
Contact:  Steve Nelson
Phone:  (530) 701-9459



El Dorado County – U.S. Highway 50 in the evacuation zone of the Caldor Fire was reopened to local residents this morning.

The area between Kyburz and Meyers also is open for commerce vehicles today but is still closed to the general public. The full reopening of Highway 50 to all motorists is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Residents and property owners can access their properties inside the Highway 50 evacuation area by obtaining a pass from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Passes are available until 4 p.m. today at the following locations:

  • Eastbound: Chevron parking lot in Fresh Pond, 7720 US 50, Pollock Pines
  • Westbound: 1834 Santa Fe Road, Meyers

Online pass applications can be filled out beforehand at: https://arcg.is/0LHeCX.

Homeowners or residents must bring any reasonable documentation showing residency or ownership to the command posts to obtain a pass to enter the evacuation area. Passes are not available at the roadblocks on Highway 50. Property owners can’t occupy their residences today but can examine the property and retrieve items.

Motorists should be alert for tree crews, utility crews and fire personnel still working in the area. The Caldor Fire started August 14 and is currently at 75 percent containment with 219,101 acres burned. Highway 50 was closed on August 20.

Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department will issue updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.