Last modified on Jul 18, 2016

Trailhead Fire

Trailhead Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: July 18, 2016 9:50 am   FINAL
Date/Time Started: June 28, 2016 1:55 pm  
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit / El Dorado National Forest 
County: El Dorado County,Placer County  
Location: along the Middle Fork of the American River near Todd Valley  
Acres Burned - Containment: 5,646 acres - 100% contained  
Structures Threatened: 2,600  
Injuries: 3  
Cause: Under Investigation 
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE , US Forest Service, Placer County Sheriff’s Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, California Office of Emergency Services, and local fire departments from across the region.  
Long/Lat: 38.96741, -120.9375  
Conditions: The Eldorado National Forest will assume management of the fire at 6am on July 8, 2016. Crews will remain in place and working for the duration of the fire, and updates will continue until the fire is 100% contained, and then be generated as needed. The fire information line number will remain the same.

All evacuations on the Trailhead fire were lifted as of 5pm on July 6, 2016. Fire traffic is still heavy as firefighters work to fully contain the fire. Please drive slowly and use caution on roadways.

As of 8am, July 7, 2016 access to the Middle Fork of the American River from Oxbow Reservior put in to Ruck-A-Chucky take out is OPEN.

The fire remained quiet overnight, with the last piece of open line (on the southwest corner) burning down to the river yesterday. Mop up and suppression repair continued around the rest of the fire. Suppression repair includes putting in erosion mitigation measures, like waterbars, which divert the flow of water off the fireline, and chipping, which aids in the revegetation of recently burned areas.

Unburned islands of vegetation inside the perimeter will continue to burn in the coming days, and residents and visitors in the area should expect to see smoke.  

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