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Fourth of July update: Trailhead Fire up to 5,444 acres, 25% contained

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Fire crews assess the 5,444-acre Trialhead Fire on Sunday; the blaze is burning an hour or so west of Lake Tahoe.
Courtesy Calfire |

Live updates

You can visit the Calfire incident information page on this fire at the following web address: calfireinformation.weebly.com/trailhead-fire-updates.html

Another website to follow for live updates is the InciWweb reporting system on the Trailhead Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4825/

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Fire crews are starting to get a handle on the Trailhead Fire that’s burning an hour or so west of the Truckee-Tahoe region.

As of Monday morning, July 4, the fire is up to 5,444 acres in size, and also at 25 percent containment, according to a Calfire update from about 8 a.m.

The Trailhead Fire started on June 28 in the Middle Fork of the American River Canyon in Placer County.

The fire is now in El Dorado County and on the Eldorado National Forest. Its cause remains under investigation.

In all, 2,123 personnel are helping battle the blaze, including 124 engines, 76 different crews, 27 dozers, 13 helicopters and 9 water tenders.

The fire is burning around the community of Volcanoville and other areas. Volcanoville is roughly an hour and a half drive from Truckee; as the crow flies, it’s roughly an hour west of Lake Tahoe.

The Tahoe region is not in any danger from the fire. That said, depending on weather patterns, smoke from the fire is likely to continue filtering into the region, as it has for the last week or so now.

Mandatory evacuations remain in place for several neighborhoods in El Dorado County. While 2,600 strictures are threatened by the fire, no structures have been damaged or destroyed.

According to Calfire, on the Placer County side of the fire, lines held well overnight Sunday, and crews are backhauling equipment from fire lines and monitoring the fire.

On the El Dorado County side, the fire was relatively quiet along the river, with all lines holding well overnight Sunday.

“Crews are monitoring carefully for spot fires over the river, and will work (Monday) to further secure containment lines,” officials said. “… Containment lines west of Volcanoville also held well overnight.”

The only campground directly affected by the fire is Dru Barner in the Georgetown Ranger District which is within the closure area. No roads or campgrounds are closed in the Tahoe National Forest.