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Trailhead Fire containment increases to 90 percent

Crews work on a containment line July 2, 2016, near Volcanoville. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see smoke as unburned islands of vegetation inside the perimeter of the fire continue to burn.
Crews work on a containment line July 2, 2016, near Volcanoville. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see smoke as unburned islands of vegetation inside the perimeter of the fire continue to burn.

Firefighters have increased containment of the Trailhead Fire to 90 percent and expect full containment by Monday.

The Eldorado National Forest assumed management of the 5,646-acre Trailhead Fire on Friday, according to a U.S. Forest Service release issued Saturday. The blaze in a canyon along the middle fork of the American River began three weeks ago.

The Forest Service said fuel-reduction efforts around the burned area contributed greatly to containing the fire. Night operations have been discontinued since the fire is nearly fully contained.

The Dru Barner campground, just south of Volcanoville, is now open, the Forest Service announced Saturday morning.

Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see smoke as unburned islands of vegetation inside the perimeter of the fire continue to burn.

All evacuations caused by the fire were lifted Wednesday, but the Forest Service said to expect heavy traffic in the area.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection estimates that 116 acres have burned in Placer County and 5,530 acres have burned in El Dorado County. No structures have been damaged.

Thomas Oide: 916-321-1009, @thomasoide

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