Other fires continue
Although the cause of the Gap Fire is still under investigation, the blaze itself was controlled on Monday.
A total of 2,462 acres were burned and two cabins and one outbuilding were destroyed in the blaze that was started Aug. 12 by what is suspected to be an unauthorized campfire, said U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Anne Westling. The exact cause of the fire won’t be released until the investigation is completed, she said.
Evacuation orders caused by the fire were lifted on Thursday, although the Forest Service is recommending that all non-residents stay clear of the fire area because of the danger of falling trees and burning “stump holes.”
Bob and Adrianne Brummer of Tulare, Calif., were vacationing at 1,000 Trails Campsite off Yuba Gap when the fire struck and they had to be evacuated. On Thursday, they returned to their campsite where they left a trailer and some other belongings.
The couple planned a two-week vacation, but decided to cut it short because of the fire.
“We’ve had enough excitement,” Adrianne Brummer said. “After 52 years of marriage, this is the first time we had to endure a forest fire.”
On Friday, just after the Gap Fire was contained, firefighters and air tankers from the Gap Fire were sent to a blaze near Colfax that started from an automobile fire.
The Colfax fire caused road closures and evacuations along I-80 and burned a total of 2,780 acres. A total of 20 firefighters have suffered injuries fighting the blaze.
The California Department of Forestry reported that the Colfax fire was contained on Tuesday.
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