Fighting the Trailhead Fire with fire
Fire crews on Saturday continued to battle the Trailhead Fire in the steep, heavily forested canyon between Georgetown and Foresthill.
As of Saturday evening, the fire had burned 3,387 acres and is 12 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported. No structures have been damaged or destroyed, Cal Fire reported.
Nearly 2,000 fire personnel are battling the fire that began Tuesday on the middle fork of the American River.
Mandatory evacuations stayed in effect for residents near the community of Volcanoville and elsewhere in rural El Dorado County, but were downgraded to advisory for residents Placer County, the U.S. Forest Service reported.
The shelter for El Dorado county evacuees is at Golden Sierra High School, 5101 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley. The shelter can accommodate small animals. All large animals need to be taken to 1100 Cold Springs Road, where Animal Services has arranged for accommodations, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The Dru Barner campground in the Georgetown Ranger District is closed but no roads or campgrounds in the Tahoe National Forest are closed. Access to the middle fork of the American River from the Oxbow Reservoir is also temporarily closed, Cal Fire reported.
Also on Saturday, crews battled the Appaloosa Fire, which burned 325 acres near Appaloosa Road and Pinto Drive 5 miles southwest of Angels Camp in Calaveras County. As of Saturday evening, the fire, which started just before 1 p.m. Saturday, had burned 325 acres and was 10 percent contained, Cal Fire reported. Highway 4 remained open and there were no evacuations reported, according to Cal Fire.