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Placer County wildfire fully contained after reaching 65 acres

7 largest fires in California history

Two wildfires from 2018 – the Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex – have joined the list of California’s largest recorded fires by acreage. The top seven have scorched over 1.7 million acres, all since 2003.
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Two wildfires from 2018 – the Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex – have joined the list of California’s largest recorded fires by acreage. The top seven have scorched over 1.7 million acres, all since 2003.

The small wildfire that broke out Friday near the Sugar Pine Reservoir in Placer County reached full containment on Sunday morning, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

The Sugar Fire burned through 65.5 acres – about one-tenth of a square mile – of the Tahoe National Forest since it started on Friday, the Forest Service said in a news release.

More than 100 personnel responded from three agencies assisted in the firefighting efforts on Friday, Tahoe National Forest spokesman Joe Flannery said. More than 30 firefighters were still in the area Sunday morning working on mop-up efforts, Flannery said.

Sugar Pine Road was closed to the public on Friday but was reopened just before noon on Saturday.

The U.S. Forest Service is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

The fire was located at Sugar Pine Road and Big Reservoir Lane, about 7 miles northeast of Foresthill and 10 miles east of Colfax. It was the first wildfire in the four-county Sacramento region this year. There have been several other small wildfires in Butte County.

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