Kyburz Fire Update

Kyburz Fire Update:

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the mandatory evacuation order for the area of Whitehall, East to the Sand Flat Campground. This same area remains under a voluntary evacuation and continues East up the Highway 50 corridor to Kyburz. The fire has burned approximately 200 acres and is approximately 30 percent contained.

One lane of Highway 50 is being opened for metered traffic from Alder Creek Tract, East to the Sand Flat Campground. Please drive safely due to fire crews working in and around this area.

Kyburz Fire


Kyburz fire update: The Kyburz fire has burned approximately 100 acres. The fire began as a result of a vehicle fire. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the residents of Whitehall, east to the Sand Flat campground.

75 residences/vacation homes have been evacuated along with fifteen camp sites from the Sand Flat Campground. There are 224 assigned personnel fighting the fire. Helicopters and air tankers are being utilized as well.

The Red Cross has set up and is staffing an evacuation center at the Pollock Pines Community Center located at 2675 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines.

Scammer’s targeting El Dorado County Residents

During the past two weeks, several El Dorado County residents have been the target of scam artists attempting to obtain money from them. The Scammers are not from the area and use internet based phones which allow them to select a local area code. The Scammers have been identifying themselves as local law enforcement. They tell the call takers that they have missed jury duty and that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The Scammers tell the victim’s if they don’t pay, they will be arrested for the warrant. In most cases the Scammer has told the victim the amount of the warrant was $5,500.00 dollars.

There have been approximately fifty reports in regards to this called in to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center. In one case, a local bank called and reported that an elderly female was attempting a withdrawal of $6,000.00 dollars. The bank felt the elderly female was possibly being targeted by a scam artist. An El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy was sent to the bank and spoke to the elderly female. She told the Deputy that she received a phone call from a male who identified himself as Lieutenant Allen from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. The Deputy obtained the phone number and contacted the subject. The unknown subject confirmed that he was in fact attempting to scam money from the elderly female and boasted that he was experienced at doing this and would not be caught.

We would like our citizens to spread the word that the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office DOES NOT contact people by telephone to advise them of warrants or to solicit/collect money for warrants. If you are contacted by anyone identifying themselves as a member of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office or any other government agency and they are soliciting money, DO NOT GIVE THEM ANYTHING. If you have been the victim of this scam and suffered a monitory loss or have information that would assist in this investigation please contact the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Detective’s Unit at (530) 642-4703.