Area fires continue to burn; one near Blue Canyon |

Area fires continue to burn; one near Blue Canyon

Sun News Service

The Government Springs Fire, which has already scorched 5,500 acres, continues to burn within three miles of Blue Canyon west of Donner Summit on Interstate 80.

That fire in Placer County raged with only 10 percent contained Sunday, said Marian Swinney, public information officer with the Bureau of Land Management, and is part of the American River Complex fires.

Active fire behavior was the norm Sunday, with spotting up to half a mile ahead of the blaze, Swinney said Sunday.

Spotting occurs when winds carry live embers, creating new fires beyond the periphery of the main fire, said Brenda Bowen, a spokeswoman with the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team that is overseeing the American River Complex fires.

Firefighters couldn’t carry out burnout operations they had planned on the Government Springs Fire over the weekend due to the winds, she added.

Additional firefighters arrived Friday to assist on the Westville Fire, in the same complex of fires and close to the Government Springs Fire, forest officials said. The Westville Fire nearly doubled in size over the weekend.