After a five-acre fire shut down part of Highway 50 and led to 49,000 people to be without power Monday, electricity is slowly being restored.
At the request of Cal Fire, PG&E “de-energized” power lines in the area to protect both firefighters and infrastructure. Forty-nine thousand customers were left without power while the lines were shut down.
As of 7:25 p.m. Monday evening, that number was reduced to 17,000.
Westbound lanes of Highway 50 were reopened fairly quickly. One eastbound lane was reopened later, while the other lane remained closed until later Monday evening.
Cal Fire investigators are still working to figure out what caused the blaze.
Luana Munoz will have the latest on this story on FOX40 News at 10.