Fires

Trailhead Fire grows slightly; containment expected Saturday

The Trailhead Fire along the middle fork of the American River was 85 percent contained as of Friday morning, the U.S. Forest Service reports.
The Trailhead Fire along the middle fork of the American River was 85 percent contained as of Friday morning, the U.S. Forest Service reports.

The Trailhead Fire has grown slightly to 5,646 acres and remains 85 percent contained as of Friday morning, the U.S. Forest Service reports. Full containment is expected by Saturday, according to the Forest Service.

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.

Although crew sizes have been reduced, traffic may still be heavy as firefighters work to contain the fire.

Fire officials said there are unburned islands of trees and brush inside the containment lines that are likely to ignite in the coming days. Residents and visitors to the area should not be surprised to see smoke. Prior fuel-reduction projects within the burn area aided significantly in slowing the fire’s progress, according to the Forest Service.

Access to the Middle Fork of the American River from Oxbow Reservoir put in to Ruck-A-Chucky take-out reopened Thursday.

Alejandra Reyes-Velarde: 916-321-1005

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