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UPDATE: Axel Fire in El Dorado County at 100 percent containment

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An air tanker drops fire retardant on the Axel Fire near the South Fork of the American River Saturday evening, July 8.

UPDATE

A fire that burned 74 acres in El Dorado County has been completely contained.

According to an update Monday evening by CalFire, firefighters have achieved 100 percent containment on the Axel Fire that had been burning near the South Fork of the American River since Saturday. The blaze started near Axel and Barrister courts in the community of Rescue.

While the initial estimate pegged the fire at 100 acres, the final update by CalFire Monday dropped that number to 74 acres.

Wildfires continue to burn in California and across the West, including the Farad Fire, which caused closures on Interstate 80 Monday while scorching approximately 600 acres about 12 miles northeast of Truckee.

ORIGINAL POST: Axel Fire in El Dorado County at 70 percent containment

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Fire crews have held a fire burning near the South Fork of the American River in El Dorado County to 100 acres and improved containment to 70 percent, according to a Monday morning update from CalFire.

The fire, dubbed the Axel Fire, started near Axel and Barrister courts in the community of Rescue around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. By Sunday morning it had grown to 100 acres and crews had achieved 50 percent containment, according to CalFire.

As of Sunday evening, forward progress of the fire had been stopped and crews were strengthening containment lines and performing mop-up and patrol, according to CalFire. Those efforts were being hampered by steep terrain.

So far the blaze has consumed brush and timber. Officials have not ordered any evacuations or road closures at this time.

The fire is just one of more than a dozen burning in California.