Trailhead Fire 85 percent contained, all evacuations lifted

The Trailhead Fire, which has been burning more than a week in Placer and El Dorado counties, was reported 85 percent contained Wednesday evening.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday afternoon that evacuations had been lifted. All evacuations in El Dorado County were lifted Tuesday.

The fire began on the afternoon of June 28 along the middle fork of the American River near the Placer County community of Todd Valley. The fire spread on both sides of the river, with the majority of the fire activity occurring in El Dorado County. As of Wednesday evening, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported a total of 5,614 acres burned.

Firefighters focused during the day on identifying and extinguishing hot spots that could flare up and threaten to reignite the blaze.

Fire officials said the so-called mop-up activities will be conducted within distances from the fire lines needed to ensure the fire doesn’t cross those lines. Unburned islands of vegetation inside the perimeter will continue to burn in coming days, they said, and residents and visitors can expect to see some smoke in the area.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy