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Containment looks good on Sacramento region’s Cold and Alder fires

Cal Fire crews control hot spots on the slow-moving Cold Fire near Lake Berryessa on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.
Cal Fire crews control hot spots on the slow-moving Cold Fire near Lake Berryessa on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. rbenton@sacbee.com

Firefighters on Monday continued to corral wildfires burning west of Winters and in Eldorado National Forest in El Dorado County.

Crews made progress on the Cold Fire near Lake Berryessa, which was reported 80 percent contained Monday evening with 5,731 acres burned.

Jonathan Cox, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the fire did not grow during the day. Crews were mopping up hot spots and working to complete containment lines. He said full containment is expected Wednesday.

The Cold Fire started Aug. 2 and firefighters have battled the blaze in steep, rugged terrain. About 1,050 personnel were still assigned to the firefight Monday.

No structures have been damaged. The cause remained under investigation.

The Alder Fire in El Dorado County started about 3 p.m. Saturday on the south side of Highway 50 in the vicinity of Sand Flat campground, the U.S. Forest Service reported. It is burning in heavy timber and steep terrain by Ice House Road between White Hall and Kyburz.

As of late Monday afternoon, the Forest Service reported that the fire had burned 25 acres and was 85 percent contained. Full containment is expected Friday.

Forest Service officials said residents in the area can expect to see smoke as the fire consumes vegetation.

The cause of the Alder Fire also was under investigation.

The wildfire that broke out in western Yolo County Tuesday night grew to an estimated 4,000 acres by Wednesday afternoon.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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