Trailhead, American River Canyon, Foresthill

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  • Incident Name: Trailhead, American River Canyon, Foresthill
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: ENF
  • Size (acres): 5,646
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: July 18, 2016
  • Personnel: 80
  • Structures Destroyed: 0

Trailhead, Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit. Four miles north of Georgetown, CA. Timber, hardwood slash and hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior. Trail closures in effect.

July 18, 2016 at 9:07 AM

CAL FIRE photo

CAL FIRE photo

As of 9:00 am today, the Trailhead Fire is 100% contained.

July 11, 2016 at 7:14 PM

The Trailhead Fire transitioned to a local Type 4 command Sunday night. As the fire is now 98% contained this will be the last update for this fire.

Please drive slowly and use caution on roadways as crews will continue repair work along the perimeter and on roads and dozer lines. Suppression repair includes putting in erosion mitigation measures, like waterbars, which divert the flow of water off the fire line, and chipping, which aids in the revegetation of recently burned areas.

Fire fighters are finalizing their work to identify any remaining heat along the line. Firefighters will continue to patrol the line and keep a look out for hot spots within the interior. 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.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team will begin work on July 13.

Progress on the fire was aided significantly by the fuels reduction efforts adjacent to the burned area. Fuels reduction slows the progress of a wildland fire and provides a defensible space from which firefighters can fight a fire.

July 11, 2016 at 7:53 AM

Full containment is expected by tonight.

July 10, 2016 at 8:55 AM

The Fire will transition to a local Type 4 command at 6 pm, today, July 10th. Crews will remain in place and updates will continue until the fire is 100% contained, and then be generated as needed. Progress on the fire was aided significantly by the fuels reduction efforts adjacent to the burned area. Fuels reduction slows the progress of a wildland fire and provides a defensible space from which firefighters can fight a fire.

Repair along the entire perimeter and continues. A grader worked along Bottle Hill Road yesterday to help bring the road to proper function. Dozer and hand lines used to fight the fire and constructed as contingency line are required to be refurbished. Suppression repair includes putting in erosion mitigation measures, like waterbars, which divert the flow of water off the fire line, and chipping, which aids in the revegetation of recently burned areas.

Fire fighters are finalizing their work to identify any remaining heat along the line. The incoming team will remain in place to patrol the line and keep a look out for hot spots within the interior. 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.

July 9, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Fire activity limited to smoking stumpholes and consuming heavy fuels.

Fire will transition to a local Type 4 IC at 6pm on July 10th. Crews will continue to mop up to the degree necessary to maintain containment lines, patrol and back haul supplies off the line. Suppression repair crews will continue to make repairs as needed in the fire area.

A BAER team will start on July 13.

July 9, 2016 at 1:03 PM

The Dru Barner Campground is OPEN

July 9, 2016 at 8:36 AM

Cooler daytime temperatures and higher nighttime humidity recovery keep the fire behavior minimal. Firefighters continued to mop up around the fire where sources of heat were established. Crews also progressed with suppression repair efforts and erosion control measures, along with removing existing hose lines from the fireline.

The Dru Barner campground is still closed.

July 8, 2016 at 6:28 PM

IMT 3 Leusch assumed command today.

July 8, 2016 at 8:34 AM

The Eldorado National Forest has assumed 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.

Repair map for July 8, 2016

Repair map for July 8, 2016

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 fire line, 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. Prior fuels reduction projects within the burned area assisted significantly in slowing of the progress of the fire.

Evacuations: All evacuations on the fire on the Trailhead Fire were lifted as of 5pm on July 6, 2016. Although crew sizes have been reduced significantly. Fire traffic is still heavy as firefighters work to fully contain the fire. Please drive slowly and use caution on roadways.

Road/Area Closures: As of July 7, 2016, access to the Middle Fork of the American River from Oxbow Reservoir put-in to Ruck‐A‐Chucky take-out is OPEN.

Assisting Agencies: Placer County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and local fire departments from across the region.

July 8, 2016 at 7:14 AM

No change in acreage, the fire was quiet overnight. Rehab and demobilization continue.

July 7, 2016 at 7:12 PM

Fire crews tonight will continue the suppression repair work initiated by today’s day shift crews, as well as searching for possible heat sources within the containment line.

Minimal fire activity is expected through the night.

July 7, 2016 at 8:45 AM

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 fire 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. Pleased rive slowly and use ca ution on roadways.

As of 8am today, July 7, 2016, access to the Middle Fork of the Amer ican River From Oxbow Reservoir 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 fire line, 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.

July 7, 2016 at 6:54 AM

Ongoing demobilization of resources. NorCal Team 2 will turn the fire back over to the local units tomorrow.

July 6, 2016 at 8:14 PM

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

The fire remained quiet today, with the last piece of open line (on the southwest corner) burning down to the river by about 3pm today. Crews remain stationed on the north side of the river, monitoring the fire to make sure it doesn’t cross. 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 aid 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.

July 6, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Placer Sheriff has canceled all voluntary evacuations for the Trailhead Fire for Placer County.

July 6, 2016 at 7:58 AM

July 6, 2016

July 6, 2016

Another good night on the fire. Focus is shifting to the rehabilitation phase of the fire. Firefighters are mopping up, backhauling equipment and hose lines, and starting to rehabilitate firelines.

As of this morning, 72 engines, 15 water tenders, 49 crews, 22 dozers, 8 helicopters and air tankers as needed are assigned to the fire.

The fire was quiet overnight, continuing to back toward the river on its southwestern edge. Firefighters continue to focus on strengthening that last open piece of line while mopping up around the rest of t he fire. Mop up (identifying and extinguishing hot spots that could flare up and threaten containment ) will continue for some time and presents specific challenges to firefighters, including fire-weakened trees, snags, and stump holes. Crews mop up inside containment lines only to the depth (distance from the fire line) that will assure that t he fire does not cross those lines. 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.

Crews are also assessing and beginning suppression re pair on contingency (secondary) lines around the fire. Suppression repair includes putting in erosion mitigation measures, like water bars and berms, to prevent soil in recently burned areas from sliding downhill when rain returns.

July 5, 2016 at 8:34 PM

Progression map

Progression map

All evacuations on the El Dorado County side of the fire were lifted as of 5pm today, July 5, 2016. Fire traffic is still heavy as firefighters work to fully contain the fire. Please drive slowly and use caution on roadways, and do not attempt to drive on constructed dozer lines as they are still being used for firefighting efforts.

The most active portion of the fire continued to be the southwest corner as crews have completed firing operations down to the Middle Fork of the American River but there remains a portion of unburned fuels along the river’s edge. The fire is anticipated to reach the river tonight or midday tomorrow. Firefighters will monitor the perimeter overnight.

The fire was well relatively quiet along the the northern, eastern, southeastern portions of the fire where crews focused on mop-up and repairs. Suppression repair consists of installing water bars and berms along constructed fireline. The berms and bars will direct the flow of rainfall off the line in order to avoid erosion problems. Mop up (identifying and extinguishing all hot spots that could flare up and threaten containment) will continue for some time and presents specific challenges to firefighters, including fire-weakened trees, snags, and stump holes. Crews mop up inside containment lines only to the depth (distance from the fireline) that will assure that the fire does not cross those lines. 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.

July 5, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Containment up to 60%, demobilization of excess resources and firefighters has begun.

Science on the fire:

Montana Study Group Looks Into Smoke Levels Faced By Wildland Firefighters

The National Technology and Development Center research crew – Zane Cuthill (from left), Jon Richert, Kathleen Navarro and Josh Starbuck – is in the second year of study measuring the levels of smoke faced by wildland firefighters not just in California but throughout the nation. NorCal Team 2 photo

The National Technology and Development Center research crew – Zane Cuthill (from left), Jon Richert, Kathleen Navarro and Josh Starbuck – is in the second year of study measuring the levels of smoke faced by wildland firefighters not just in California but throughout the nation. NorCal Team 2 photo

Some things are standard on wildfires: hand crews digging line, helicopters in the air, engines on standby for structure defense, sawyers wielding chainsaws, and lots of smoke in the air. Research groups aren’t typically part of that landscape, unless you were on the Trailhead Fire this past week.

A small group from the National Technology and Development Center in Missoula, MT, recently was attached to the Trailhead Fire for several days to get a glimpse at the amount smoke wildland firefighters are exposed to during various phases of suppression efforts.

“We measure the smoke concentration in the air and compare it to standard health benchmarks,” said Kathleen Navarro, one of four researchers with the group. “We’re looking to see what the levels [of particulates and carbon monoxide] are, what are the averages for that particular task. That’s what makes this project different, because [every firefighter] works in a different environment based on their job that day.”

The researchers are in the second year of the study and travel from fire to fire—four so far this year—and seek out volunteers who are willing to wear the small apparatuses used to monitor different variables.

“Crews are open to participating,” team member Zane Cuthill said. “Sometimes you get the reluctant type, but overall, they’re engaged. They think ‘That pertains to my physical health,’ and they want to help.”

The devices used to monitor particulate matter in the air, carbon monoxide levels, and firefighters’ steps and vertical travel. In total, the added gear weighs about a pound and attaches to the packs used for carrying safety gear and radios. Data from two of these components can be downloaded and analyzed using an iPad in the team’s ad hoc office—a 6 by 12 foot utility trailer that’s been dragged across the country chasing fires in the West during summers, and prescribed burns in the Southeast in the winter. The CO monitor and the ActiCal device (think heavy duty Fitbit) can provide almost real-time readings, while the particulates are captured in a filter, which must be sent back to the lab to determine exposure levels. Other elements the team measures include relative humidity, temperature, GPS location, and air pressure.

There also is a unit set up at base camp that monitors similar factors in the area firefighters sleep.

The team tracks and monitors three volunteers a day and will not monitor the same person twice but might spend several days getting readings from different members of the same crew depending on the willingness of the volunteer base.

The research crew is small and packs light in order to maintain mobility and the ability to transition from fire to fire as new starts ignite and new opportunities present themselves.

July 5, 2016 at 3:23 PM

The El Dorado Sheriff has canceled all advisory and voluntary evacuations for #TrailheadFire for El Dorado County.

July 5, 2016 at 7:59 AM

NorCal Team 2 will host a PUBLIC CAMP TOUR at 10am on Wednesday, July 6 at the Georgetown Incident Command Post. Come see inside the fire camp located at the 6530 Wentworth Springs Road! Please call 530-303-7006 to let us know you’re coming and for details.

Evacuations on the El Dorado County side of the fire were reduced from mandatory to voluntary as of 8pm last night, July 4, 2016. Only res idents with identification will be permitted past the roadblocks. Residents throughout the fire area are advised that there is still active fire inside the containment lines, and they may be asked to evacuate again should conditions change. Fire traffic is sti ll heavy as firefighters work to fully contain the fire. Please drive slowly and use caution on roadways.

The fire was quiet overnight, with lines holding well as crews monitored and mopped up as it was safe to do so. Crews on the southwest corner continued to carefully bring fire across the slope and down toward the river. By this morning, they had doubled the depth of the line, considerably lessening the chance of fire escaping containment. They will continue to strengthen that line today, with some fi ring operations planned as needed to meet that goal. They will work with crews across the river to monitor and hold the line in the steep river canyon.

Patrol and mop up (identifying and extinguishing all hot spots that could flare up and threaten containment) will continue around the rest of the fire. Mop up presents specific challenges to firefighters, including fire-weakened trees, snags, and stump holes. Crews mop up inside containment lines only to the depth that will assure that the fire does not cross those lines. Unburned islands of vegetation inside the fire will continue to ignite and burn in the coming days, and residents and visitors in the area should expect to see smoke.

July 5, 2016 at 6:24 AM

July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016

Tentative containment date for the Trailhead Fire has been advanced to July 9, 2016.

July 4, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Evacuations on the El Dorado County side of the fire were reduced from mandatory to voluntary as of 8pm tonight, July 4, 2016. Only residents with identification will be permitted past the roadblocks. Residents throughout the fire area are advised that there is still active fire inside the containment lines, and they may be asked to evacuate again should conditions change. Fire traffic is still heavy as firefighters work to fully contain the fire. Please drive slowly and use caution on roadways.

The fire was most active today at the southwestern corner as crews carefully burned to containment lines, bringing fire slowly to the river and reducing the chance that it will cross the river. They will continue that burn tonight, as conditions permit.

Crews around the rest of the fire began to mop up, identifying and extinguishing any remaining hot spots that could compromise the firelines. They will continue that work tonight. Mop up presents some safety challenges to firefighters, as stump holes and snags are common in the burned area.

Interior pockets of fuel continue to ignite and burn, and residents and visitors in the area will likely see smoke inside containment lines regularly in the coming days.

July 4, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Containment is up to 50%.

Effective at 8pm on Monday, July 4, 2016, the MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER for the residents in the areas of Volcanoville, Buckeye Point, and Kentucky Flat has been reduced to a VOLUNTARY EVACUATION ORDER. Roads associated with the evacuation will be opened to residents with identification only. Residents are asked not to attempt to get access prior to 8pm as fire traffic is extremely heavy on the road.

The fire is still active in the area, and residents should be ready to evacuate again if the order is raised to mandatory. Please refer to the El Dorado County sheriff’s information website for the most updated evacuation information (pio.edso.org).

Please be aware that fire equipment and personnel will remain in the area. Smoke will be visible for the coming days as islands of unburned vegetation continue to ignite inside the containment lines.

El Dorado County VOLUNTARY evacuations affect the following areas:

El Dorado County: Air Shaft, Antwine, Bear Flat, Bear Flat South, Bottle Hill, Bottle Hill Road, Bottle Hill Bypass, Breedlove Road, East side of from Canyon Creek to Bottle Hill, North of Canyon Creek, East from the intersection of Cement Hill Road, Dru Barner, Earthsong Lane, Four Wheeler Drive, Garden Tower Lane, N Hyder, S Hyder, Jinnor, Kelliher, La Cresta Drive, Little Miner, Mameluke Hill Road, Mining Claim, Miners Delight, Otter Creek Road, South of Otter Creek, South of Otter Creek, Paymaster Loop, Roanoak, Rowdy Road, Slow Go Road, Stag Lane, Strawn, Tierra Lane, North of Wentworth Springs Road, NF 13N16a.

Volcanoville area: 4 Wheel Drive Road, Bear State Road, Bearfoot Road, Breedlove Road, North of Bottle Hill Road, Bojac Court, Cassill Mine Road, Cecil Lane, Cedar Maddone Road, Christmas Tree Lane, Country Court, Country Road, Dusty Camp Road, Dusty Mine Road, El Bosque Place, Haven Ridge Road, Haven Ridge Court, Hobby Horse Lane, Kentucky Flat Road, Lake Avenue, Lofty Peak Lane, Merkel Drive, Mosswood Road, Narrow Way, Pay Master Mine Road, Ringtale Road, Shotgun Lane, Spring Tunnel Mine Road, Spirit Creek, Star Lake, Sticker Bush Trail, Sunset Peak Lane, Tall Timber Road, Thumper Lane, Tin Ranch Road, Tinsel Trail, Tipten Hill Court, Tullamore Lane, Wolfridge Road, Volcanoville Road, and an unnamed road (west of Volcanoville Road) Possibly Cock Robin Road.
El Dorado County roads affected:

Bottle Hill Road at Wentworth Springs Road
Mameluke Hill Road at Canyon Creek
Breedlove at Canyon Creek
Volcanoville Road

July 4, 2016 at 8:15 AM

Current PM2.5 AQI levels in the Auburn area have reached: 156 AQI (Unhealthy) on Monday, July 4.

July 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM 

PIO0703On the Placer County side of the fire, lines held well and crews are backhauling equipment from firelines and monitoring the fire. Residents of Todd Valley remain under an evacuation advisory today, and should be aware of still-active fire line on the opposite side of the American River.

On the El Dorado County side of the fire, the fire was relatively quiet along the river, with all lines holding well overnight. Crews are monitoring carefully for spot fires over the river, and will work today to further secure containment lines. The fire is most active in these areas in the afternoon, as winds shift to an upslope, up canyon pattern. Containment lines west of Volcanoville also held well overnight. Residents in the Volcanoville, Buckeye Point, and Kentucky Flat areas will remain under mandatory evacuation today to ensure that lines hold when tested by normal daytime wind patterns.

The fire was most active overnight in southwest corner (west of Bottle Hill). It continued to flank west across the slope, and firefighters worked to stay ahead of it. This area has been prepared for firing operations, and firefighters will use the favorable winds during the day to strengthen containment lines adjacent to New Orleans Gulch.

Weather conditions today are expected to be similar to yesterday. Predictable conditions and the stable atmosphere continues to help firefighters. Settling smoke in the canyons may affect air quality.

July 4, 2016 at 7:49 AM

Active fire behavior with short uphill runs, flanking and backing reported.

July 3, 2016 at 9:39 PM

The increase in size was not caused by natural fire growth but by last night’s burnout operation.

The fire was moderately active today. Crews did not detect any additional spot fires on the north side of the fireline (Smith Ranch west to Jesse Canyon). From Smith Ranch to Buckeye Point, firefighters mopped up as far as 100 feet from the line. Despite receiving heavy smoke from other areas of the fire, the east side near Volcanoville was relatively inactive. Successful burnout operations from previous shifts have established a wide buffer between the main fire and unburned vegetation, helping to protect the residences in Volcanoville. Crews on the south side of the fire continued burnout operations, mopped up fireline, and started assessing dozer line for repair work. Aircraft assisted firefighters by dropping water and retardant, mainly on the southern side.

The priority for crews working the night shift is the southeast side of the fire from Cement Hill west to New Orleans Gulch and north to the Middle Fork of the American River. Their goal is to hold and secure the line, preventing the fire from crossing over the American River. They plan to use favorable weather condtions to burnout along existing firelines if necessary. Elsewhere around the fire, firefighters will patrol, hold, and secure containment lines.

Weather conditions remain very stable and will be similar to last night. Humidity recovery tonight will be moderate, around 50 percent, and the temperature will be in the low 60s. Winds will be around 4 mph with gusts up to 7 mph. Upslope, upcanyon wids will shift to downslope, downcanyon around 8 pm.

July 3, 2016 at 6:21 PM

divnThe Trailhead Fire is estimated at 5,044 acres. Most of the growth was in the eastern corner of the fire. Containment is up to 20%.

July 3, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Two relief helicopters are coming in to replace the two ships currently working the confluence of the American and Otter Creek.

July 3, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Current PM2.5 AQI levels in the Colfax area have reached: 122 AQI (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups) on Sunday, July 3.

July 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM

Still no sign of the nightly inversion lifting. The thick layer of smoke prevents air operations from resuming.

July 3, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Both Air Attack 17 and the USFS Cobra are over the fire.

July 3, 2016 at 8:39 AM

No structures have been damaged or destroyed by the Trailhead Fire. On the Placer County side of the fire, all containment lines lines held well overnight. Crews continue to patrol and monitor fire lines carefully, and to mop up fire lines to ensure that the fire near t hem is out. They will continue today. Residents in Todd Valley remain under a voluntary evacuation, and should remain vigilant as there is still open line fire line across the narrow, steep American River canyon. The Red Cross has now closed the evacuation shelter on the Placer County side of the fire but are prepared to reopen if needed.

Photo courtesy @TimeTrapPhotos

Photo courtesy @TimeTrapPhotos

On the El Dorado County side of the fire, firefighters worked overnight, using favorable night time temperatures and higher humidity to fire off of existing containment lines. They have now completed line from west of Jakeys Hill west to Buckeye Point and eventually to the river. Several type one hand crews [Hotshots) also worked to burn down to the river bottom to lower the energy of the fire as it backs toward t he river, lessening the chance that it will cross the river and run up the dry, south-facing slope opposite. Those crews remained at the river overnight to continue to monitor and hold the fire. Several spot fires were observed, but firefighters were able to pick them up and hold the fire at the American River, an important operational objective. They will continue that work today.

In the Volcanoville area, crews continued to strengthen lines west of the community, and to assess and triage structures in the areas around Volcanoville, Kentucky Flat and Bottle Hill. They will work to hold and improve lines today. A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for these areas.

Yesterday, crews strengthened and reinforced containment lines across Missouri Canyon south toward Breedlove Road, and then turned west toward Little Bald Mountain, working around . Crews conducted firing operations off this line, strengthening the containment line to over 1000′ in some places. The fire s.

Weather conditions today are expected to be similar to yesterday. Predictable conditions and the stable atmosphere is helping firefighters, with terrain-driven winds moving upslope, up canyon by mid-morning, and down slope, down-canyon by the evening. Settling smoke in the canyons may affect air quality. For local county air quality information, please visit http://www.sparetheair.com/wildfire .cfm.

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 due to this fire. Access to the Middle Fork of the American River From Oxbow Reservoir put in to Ruck-A-Chucky take out is temporarily closed to protect firefighter and public safety. Please see the full closure order on the website for more information.

Evacuations:

Placer County mandatory evacuations have been downgraded to advisory. Only residents with photo ID will be allowed beyond the staffed roadblocks. Residents are advised that there is still active fire and uncontained fireline across the river canyon. The evacuation order could be elevated to mandatory at any time; be ready and prepared. Residents should be aware of increased traffic due to firefighters and equipment in the Todd Valley area.

An advisory evacuation order is in place for all homes east of Green Ridge Road to Oakwood Lane to Nugget Drive, Skyview Terrace Mobile Home Park, Oak Wood Court, Vinewood Court, Trail Head Court, Green Pine Court, Alton Trail Court, Gray Court, Tevis Court, and White Tail Court and homes to the west of the above.
El Dorado County mandatory evacuations: El Dorado County residents can visit the El Dorado County sheriff’s information website for the most updated evacuation information (pio.edso.org). El Dorado County is also staffing an emergency information hotline (530-642-7263) from 8 am to 8 pm. The following areas are under a mandatory evacuation:

– El Dorado County: Air Shaft, Antwine, Bear Flat, Bear Flat South, Bottle Hill, Bottle Hill Road, Bottle Hill Bypass, Breedlove Road, East side of from Canyon Creek to Bottle Hill, North of Canyon Creek, East from the intersection of Cement Hill Road, Dru Barner, Earthsong Lane, Four Wheeler Drive, Garden Tower Lane, N Hyder, S Hyder, Jinnor, Kelliher, La Cresta Drive, Little Miner, Mameluke Hill Road, Mining Claim, Miners Delight, Otter Creek Road, South of Otter Creek, South of Otter Creek, Paymaster Loop, Roanoak, Rowdy Road, Slow Go Road, Stag Lane, Strawn, Tierra Lane, North of Wentworth Springs Road, NF 13N16a.

– Volcanoville area: 4 Wheel Drive Road, Bear State Road, Bearfoot Road, Breedlove Road, North of Bottle Hill Road, Bojac Court, Cassill Mine Road, Cecil Lane, Cedar Maddone Road, Christmas Tree Lane, Country Court, Country Road, Dusty Camp Road, Dusty Mine Road, El Bosque Place, Haven Ridge Road, Haven Ridge Court, Hobby Horse Lane, Kentucky Flat Road, Lake Avenue, Lofty Peak Lane, Merkel Drive, Mosswood Road, Narrow Way, Pay Master Mine Road, Ringtale Road, Shotgun Lane, Spring Tunnel Mine Road, Spirit Creek, Star Lake, Sticker Bush Trail, Sunset Peak Lane, Tall Timber Road, Thumper Lane, Tin Ranch Road, Tinsel Trail, Tipten Hill Court, Tullamore Lane, Wolfridge Road, Volcanoville Road, and an unnamed road (west of Volcanoville Road) Possibly Cock Robin Road.

Placer County road closures:

– Nugget Drive and Oakwood Lane is restricted to residents only.

El Dorado County road closures:

– Bottle Hill Road at Wentworth Springs Road
– Mameluke Hill Road at Canyon Creek
– Breedlove at Canyon Creek
– Volcanoville Road

Additional Information:

A shelter for El Dorado County evacuees and small animals is at Golden Sierra High School, 5101 Garden Valley Road, Garden Valley. All large animals need to be transported to 1100 Cold Springs Road, where Animal Services has arranged for accommodations (530-621-5795).

July 3, 2016 at 7:17 AM

Fire crews worked through the night holding line. Firing operations took place over night.

July 3, 2016 at 6:25 AM

No update to the IR map as the infrared mapping plane was unable to fly the fire.

July 2, 2016 at 9:41 PM

Smoke from the fire itself and from burnout operations was very visible today. The fire was most active on the southeast side, near Quartz Canyon and Little Bald Mountain, and on the northeast side near Volcanoville. It is not active on the north side. The fire grew by less than 200 acres today. No structures have been damaged or destroyed.

Tahoe Hotshot patrolling the line

Tahoe Hotshot patrolling the line

Crews had a very productive day fighting the fire. Aircraft supported firefighters on the ground with water and retardant drops. Weather conditions allowed firefighters on the north and east sides of the fire to conduct burnout operations and strengthen contingency lines, protecting the communities of Foresthill and Volcanoville. Burning from a fireline toward the main fire creates a buffer between the active fire front and unburned vegetation outside the line, which increases the liklihood that the fire will not cross those lines.

Tonight crews will finish burnout operations started by the day shift. Other priorities for firefighters tonight are to patrol, hold, and improve existing containment lines; secure firelines around structures; and prepare areas for crews to conduct burnout operations tomorrow.

Firefighters deal with diurnal wind shifts on a daily basis: around 10:00 in the morning winds tend to shift to upcanyon, upslope, and around 10:00 in the evening, they shift to downcanyon, downslope. This is one factor that influences the direction the fire will spread. The direction of fire spread responds to these changes in wind direction. This is a reliable weather phenomenon that firefighters can use to their advantage in planning burnout operations. They light fire in strips along an existing line and allow the wind to push fire to the fireline. By gradually burning out vegetation, they are able to widen the line so it can control the oncoming fire.

Downslope, downcanyon winds tonight wll be around 4 mph, gusting to 7 mph. The temperature will be in the 60s and the relative humidity around 40 percent.

July 2, 2016 at 7:47 PM

Active fire behavior with uphill runs and short range spotting again this afternoon. Fire continues to spread with the terrain winds in aligned drainages.

July 2, 2016 at 6:06 PM

As of 4:10 pm the fire is estimated at 3,381 acres.

July 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Helicopters will provide bucket support by cooling down hotspots in Division Z. Fire is gently backing down on both sides of Quartz Canyon for now, firefighters are closely monitoring its progression.

July 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

The USFS Cobra helicopter will be reassessing the situation near Otter Creek. The forward-looking infrared camera can detect hotspots and burning rolling out materials through the layer of smoke.

July 2, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Tanker 12 extending a retardant line on the east side of the fire on July 1st. USFS Cobra helicopter in the background, using forward-looking IR. Photo Matthew Rhodes

Tanker 12 extending a retardant line on the east side of the fire on July 1st. USFS Cobra helicopter in the background, using forward-looking IR. Photo Matthew Rhodes

Increasing fire activity on the southern end of the fire as winds and topography come in alignment during the afternoon hours.

Air Attack 505 is over the fire, tankers are in orbit and rapid rotation.

July 2, 2016 at 8:39 AM

A public meeting will be held on TODAY, Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley, CA at 7pm. Further public meetings are planned; stay tuned for locations and times.

As of 6am this morning, no structures have been damaged or destroyed by the Trailhead Fire. On the Placer County side, crews were able to complete and strengthen lines to prevent fire spread up Peachstone Gulch, and contingency lines are in place to protect the community of Todd Valley. The former mandatory evacuation in the area was reduced to voluntary at 9pm on July 1, 2016. Please bring ID to pass the checkpoints as only residents are allowed into the area. Residents are advised that there is still active fire and open fire line across the river canyon, and the evacuation order could be elevated to mandatory at any time. In addition, residents should watch for fire equipment in the Todd Valley area.

Firefighters made good progress last night conducting defensive firing operations in the area west of Volcanoville toward Buckeye Point to protect the community as the active fire front approaches containment lines. Hot, dry conditions, and difficult terrain challenge firefighters, and crews anticipate another busy shift. The community of Volcanoville, and the surrounding area, remains under a mandatory evacuation order to protect public and firefighter safety. Firefighters will also continue constructing line down toward the Middle Fork of the American River today, as conditions allow.

Photo: YubaNet

Photo: YubaNet

Crews continue to build indirect line to the south and west down the Hornblende Mountains and toward the river in preparation for defensive firing to begin. The steep, narrow American River canyon is a major concern, and a priority today is keeping fire on the southeast side of the river. Firefighters are using favorable night time conditions, with cooler temperatures and downslope winds, to conduct firing operations, and the public should be aware of increased fire activity and smoke during these times.

Weather conditions today are expected to be similar to yesterday, with terrain-driven winds moving upslope, up canyon by mid-morning, and down slope, down-canyon by the evening. Slightly cooler temperatures and increased atmospheric stability may help firefighters today. Settling smoke in the canyons may affect air quality. For local county air quality information, please visit http://www.sparetheair.com/wildfire.cfm.

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

Access to the Middle Fork of the American River From Oxbow Reservoir put in to Ruck-A-Chucky take out is temporarily closed to protect firefighter and public safety. Please see the full closure order on the website for more information.

Evacuations:

Placer County mandatory evacuations have been downgraded to advisory. Residents only will be allowed back in at 9 pm tonight. All homes east of Green Ridge Road to Oakwood Lane to Nugget Drive, Skyview Terrace Mobile Home Park, Oak Wood Court, Vinewood Court, Trail Head Court, Green Pine Court, Alton Trail Court, Gray Court, Tevis Court, and White Tail Court and homes to the west of the above are still under an advisory evacuation order. Stay ready.

El Dorado County Mandatory Evacuations: El Dorado county residents can visit the El Dorado County sheriff office website for the most updated evacuation information. (El Dorado County pio.edso.org/). El Dorado County is also staffing an emergency information hotline from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at (530) 642-7263.

Air Shaft, Antwine, Bear Flat, Bear Flat South, Bottle Hill, Bottle Hill Road, Bottle Hill Bypass, Breedlove Road, East side of from Canyon Creek to Bottle Hill, North of Canyon Creek, East from the intersection of Cement Hill Road, Dru Barner, Earthsong Lane, Four Wheeler Drive, Garden Tower Lane, N Hyder, S Hyder, Jinnor, Kelliher, La Cresta Drive, Little Miner, Mameluke Hill Road, Mining Claim, Miners Delight, Otter Creek Road, South of Otter Creek, South of Otter Creek, Paymaster Loop, Roanoak, Rowdy Road, Slow Go Road, Stag Lane, Strawn, Tierra Lane, North of Wentworth Springs Road, NF 13N16a. Volcanoville area – 4 Wheel Drive Road, Bear State Road, Bearfoot Road, Breedlove Road, North of Bottle Hill Road, Bojac Court, Cassill Mine Road, Cecil Lane, Cedar Maddone Road, Christmas Tree Lane, Country Court, Country Road, Dusty Camp Road, Dusty Mine Road, El Bosque Place, Haven Ridge Road, Haven Ridge Court, Hobby Horse Lane, Kentucky Flat Road, Lake Avenue, Lofty Peak Lane, Merkel Drive, Mosswood Road, Narrow Way, Pay Master Mine Road, Ringtale Road, Shotgun Lane, Spring Tunnel Mine Road, Spirit Creek, Star Lake, Sticker Bush Trail, Sunset Peak Lane, Tall Timber Road, Thumper Lane, Tin Ranch Road, Tinsel Trail, Tipten Hill Court, Tullamore Lane, Wolfridge Road, Volcanoville Road, and an unnamed road (west of Volcanoville Road) Possibly Cock Robin Road.

Placer County Road closures:

Nugget Dr and Oakwood Ln restricted to residents only.

El Dorado County Road Closures:

Bottle Hill Road at Wentworth Springs Road
Mameluke Hill Road at Canyon Creek
Breedlove at Canyon Creek
Volcanoville Road

Additional Information:

The Shelter for El Dorado county evacuees is at Golden Sierra High School, 5101 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley, and this shelter can accommodate small animals. All large animals need to be transported to 1100 Cold Springs Road, where Animal Services has arranged for accommodations. (530) 621-5795.

July 2, 2016 at 8:36 AM

Current PM2.5 AQI levels in the Auburn area have reached: 158 AQI (Unhealthy) on Saturday, July 2.
PM2.5 AQI 151-200 People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children are the groups most at risk, especially when they are physically active. Persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly may experience increased aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality. The general population may experience increased respiratory effects. U.S. EPA cautions that “people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.” ‘Prolonged’ generally means four or more hours with short rest periods. ‘Heavy exertion’ is that which would increase the resting breathing rate four fold or greater. You can reduce exposure to particulate material by: – Reducing the intensity and duration of your outdoor activities – Postponing outdoor activities to days when particulate levels are lower

July 2, 2016 at 7:13 AM

IR map acquired July 2

IR map acquired July 2

Good progress yesterday and overnight on the southern end of the fire.

July 1, 2016 at 10:34 PM

On the Placer County side, crews were able to complete and strengthen lines to prevent fire spread up Peachstone Gulch, and contingency lines are in place to protect the community of Todd Valley. Placer county residents who had evacuated will re-populate the area at 9 pm. Please bring ID to pass the checkpoints as only residents are allowed into the area.

The fire continues to be active in the afternoon in the Otter Creek drainage on the south and east sides of the fire. The fire made a run to the east up Jakey’s Hill toward Volcanoville. Fire activity lessened in the evening. Crews constructed and improved dozer and handlines on both the south and east sides of the fire. On the south side of the fire, north of Bottle Hill Road defensive firing operations were accomplished in the Otter Creek drainage to reinforce the constructed lines by removing fuel between the road and the active edge of the fire. Crews assessed and worked on structure protection measures in the Volcanoville and Buckeye areas.

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 due to this fire. Have a safe Fourth of July weekend.

Access to the Middle Fork of the American River From Oxbow Reservoir put in to Ruck-A-Chucky take out is temporarily closed to protect firefighter and public safety. Please see the full closure order on the website for more information.

Night shift 07 01

Night shift 07 01

Weather conditions are predicted to remain about the same through the weekend, with upslope, up canyon winds in the late morning through early evening, and downslope, down canyon winds at night. Expect smoke in the surrounding canyons from this fire.

Evacuations:

Placer County mandatory evacuations have been downgraded to advisory. Residents only will be allowed back in at 9 pm tonight. All homes east of Green Ridge Road to Oakwood Lane to Nugget Drive, Skyview Terrace Mobile Home Park, Oak Wood Court, Vinewood Court, Trail Head Court, Green Pine Court, Alton Trail Court, Gray Court, Tevis Court, and White Tail Court and homes to the west of the above are still under an advisory evacuation order. Stay ready.

El Dorado County Mandatory Evacuations: El Dorado county residents can visit the El Dorado County sheriff office website for the most updated evacuation information. (El Dorado County pio.edso.org/).

Air Shaft, Antwine, Bear Flat, Bear Flat South, Bottle Hill, Bottle Hill Road, Bottle Hill Bypass, Breedlove Road, East side of from Canyon Creek to Bottle Hill, North of Canyon Creek, East from the intersection of Cement Hill Road, Dru Barner, Earthsong Lane, Four Wheeler Drive, Garden Tower Lane, N Hyder, S Hyder, Jinnor, Kelliher, La Cresta Drive, Little Miner, Mameluke Hill Road, Mining Claim, Miners Delight, Otter Creek Road, South of Otter Creek, South of Otter Creek, Paymaster Loop, Roanoak, Rowdy Road, Slow Go Road, Stag Lane, Strawn, Tierra Lane, North of Wentworth Springs Road, NF 13N16a. Volcanoville area – 4 Wheel Drive Road, Bear State Road, Bearfoot Road, Breedlove Road, North of Bottle Hill Road, Bojac Court, Cassill Mine Road, Cecil Lane, Cedar Maddone Road, Christmas Tree Lane, Country Court, Country Road, Dusty Camp Road, Dusty Mine Road, El Bosque Place, Haven Ridge Road, Haven Ridge Court, Hobby Horse Lane, Kentucky Flat Road, Lake Avenue, Lofty Peak Lane, Merkel Drive, Mosswood Road, Narrow Way, Pay Master Mine Road, Ringtale Road, Shotgun Lane, Spring Tunnel Mine Road, Spirit Creek, Star Lake, Sticker Bush Trail, Sunset Peak Lane, Tall Timber Road, Thumper Lane, Tin Ranch Road, Tinsel Trail, Tipten Hill Court, Tullamore Lane, Wolfridge Road, Volcanoville Road, and an unnamed road (west of Volcanoville Road) Possibly Cock Robin Road.

Placer County Road closures:

Nugget Dr and Oakwood Ln restricted to residents only.

El Dorado County Road Closures:

Bottle Hill Road at Wentworth Springs Road

Mameluke Hill Road at Canyon Creek

Breedlove at Canyon Creek

Volcanoville Road

Additional Information:

The Shelter for El Dorado county evacuees is at Golden Sierra High School, 5101 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley, and this shelter can accommodate small animals. All large animals need to be transported to 1100 Cold Springs Road, where Animal Services has arranged for accommodations. (530) 621-5795.

July 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Todd Valley will be repopulated – starting at 9:00 m tonight. BC Matt Wallen reminds everyone to stay ready for the next few days. Residents with ID will be allowed to return their homes, after passing the checkpoints that Placer County Sheriff is setting up now. Todd Valley is now under an evacuation advisory only.

July 1, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Ignition probabilities reach 100% almost every day, increasing spot fire activity. Most of the progress made on this fire is at night, successful burnout operations have been conducted these past days.

July 1, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Fire Behavior Specialist Matt Brown reports no break in the heat and low humidities. No large scale changes in weather pattern are forecast, which is a positive note. The daily wind shifts, when the sun hits the terrain, are mostly up canyon flows starting at 10 am and down canyon at 9 pm.

July 1, 2016 at 7:11 PM

Eric Patterson the Branch Chief on the Eldorado side reported very active fire behavior on that side, including spotting. Dozen lines from Buckeye Road down to the river have been completed. Firing operations are planned when weather conditions are favorable. Most of today’s growth was once again on the Eldorado side.

July 1, 2016 at 7:10 PM

The objective is to keep the fire small, there are now secondary and even tertiary contingency lines being cut to protect Todd Valley.

July 1, 2016 at 7:06 PM CAL FIRE’s Matt Wallen is in charge of the Placer side f the fire. He is updating the community on the progress made so far. The structure defense prepped by the firefighters is now complete. 15,000 ft of hose, or 3 miles of hose have been ordered as a contingency only.

July 1, 2016 at 7:08 PM

Community meeting in Firesthill has just started we are expecting go news for the Placer side of the fire.

July 1, 2016 at 4:08 PM

As expected the Otter Creek side of the fire is becoming very active again this afternoon.

July 1, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Air operations are resuming, heavy tankers, Single engine and VLAT inbound. Helicopters are already working the fire.

July 1, 2016 at 1:42 PM

The Google map is now updated with El Dorado’s mandatoty evacuation zone and Placer County Roads under mandatory evacuations. Always check with law enforcement as conditions can change rapidly.

July 1, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Public information map for July 1, 2016

Public information map for July 1, 2016

The only campground on the Eldorado National Forest directly affected by this fire is Dru Barner campground which is within the closure area. There might be some smoke in the Crystal Basin and Lake Tahoe areas. The Tahoe National Forest does not have any campground or road closures related to this fire.

July 1, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Weather for today: 92F relative humidity 16% Winds SW 5-11 mph. McClellan Air Base is open for reloading heavy tankers and VLATs.

July 1, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Access to the Middle Fork of the American River From Oxbow Reservoir put in to Ruck-A-Chucky take out is temporarily closed to protect firefighter and public safety. As of 7am this morning, no structures have been damaged or destroyed. At this time, all evacuations are still in effect. Please watch Placer and El Dorado County sheriff office websites for the most updated evacuation information. (Placer County placer.ca.gov/emergency/trail-fire; El Dorado County pio.edso.org/. On the Placer County side, crews were able to complete and strengthen lines overnight to prevent fire spread up Peachstone Gulch, and contingency lines are in place to protect the community of Todd Valley. Ops_arch_e_land_20160701_1300_Trailhead_NEU015200_0701DayShiftCrews on the south side of the American River made good progress overnight constructing dozer line south adjacent to New Orleans Gulch. Their goal today is to tie line back towards Bottle Hill. The fire was most active overnight on the Hornblende Mountains, bumping the road along the ridge. Fire is established in Otter Creek, and crews overnight made good progress on constructing line from the Otter Creek drainage north to Jakey’s Hill, and then to Buckeye Point and ultimately to the river. A priority today is to complete and strengthen that line to protect structures in Volcanoville. Structure protection assessment will also be occurring in the Volcanoville and Buckeye areas. The fire continues to burn in extremely steep, rugged terrain. Crews may take advantage of more favorable night time conditions to conduct strategic firing operations. Weather conditions are predicted to remain about the same through the weekend, with upslope, up canyon winds in the late morning through early evening, and downslope, down canyon winds at night.

Placer County Mandatory Evacuations: All homes east of Green Ridge Rd to Oakwood Ln to Nugget Dr, Skyview Terrace Mobile Home Park, Oak Wood Ct, Vinewood Ct, Trail Head Ct, Green Pine Ct, Alton Trail Ct, Gray Ct, Tevis Ct, and White Tail Ct. Homes to the west of the above listed are under an advisory evacuation order.

El Dorado County Mandatory Evacuations: Mameluke Hill Road, East side of from Canyon Creek to Bottle Hill, Bottle Hill Road, East from the intersection of Cement Hill Road, Roanoak, Bear Flat, Bear Flat South, Bottle HI, Antwine, Jinnor, Kelliher, South of Otter Creek, N Hyder, S Hyder, Miners Delight, Air Shaft , Little Miner, Breedlove Road, North of Canyon Creek, La Cresta Drive, Strawn, Mining Claim, Paymaster Loop, Otter Creek Road, South of Otter Creek, Four Wheeler Drive, Earthsong Lane, Slow Go Road, Bottle Hill Bypass, Rowdy Road, Stag Lane, Dru Barner, North of Wentworth Springs Road, Tierra Lane, NF 13N16a, Garden Tower Lane, Hobby Horse Lane, Wolf Ridge Road, Kentucky Flat, North of Wentworth Springs to Otter Creek, and First Otter Creek Mandatory evacuations have been issued for the community of Volcanoville. The list of specific roads affected can be found on the El Dorado County Sherriff’s website at pio.edso.org.

Placer County Road closures: Nugget Dr and Oakwood Ln

El Dorado County Road Closures: Bottle Hill Road at Wentworth Springs Road Mameluke Hill Road at Canyon Creek Breedlove at Canyon Creek Volcanoville Road An evacuation center is located at the Gold Country Fair Grounds, Sierra Building, 1273 High St, Auburn, CA 95603 for residence of Placer County. A Shelter for evacuees has been established at Golden Sierra High School at 5101 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley, and this shelter can accommodate small animals. All large animals need to be transported to 1100 Cold Springs Road, where Animal Services has arranged for accommodations.

July 1, 2016 at 9:29 AM

State Parks Auburn Sector issues Temporary Closure to Middle Fork of American River

July 1, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Slow fire progression to the east and south. No changes in evacuations.

July 1, 2016 at 8:31 AM cur_aqi_ca_nv

Air quality advisories are in place for Placer, El Dorado and Nevada counties. Limit your outdoor activity, especially in the afternoon and evening hours. Current air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive groups. Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

July 1, 2016 at 8:26 AM

A public meeting will be held tonight, July 1, 2016 at the Foresthill High School at 7:00 pm. Fire staff will give an informational update and answer questions from the public.

July 1, 2016 at 6:43 AM

Air quality in El Dorado County is currently being impacted by the Trailhead Fire and other fires in the state. County health officials are reminding residents to take precautions should wildfire smoke impact the areas in which they live, work and recreate. According to Dave Johnston, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Air Pollution Control Officer, wildfires in the County and region can produce smoke that causes health problems, particularly for children, older people and those with heart disease or respiratory issues.

July 1, 2016 at 6:38 AM

IR perimeter map July 1, 2016

IR perimeter map July 1, 2016

Current safety concerns: 4 years of drought, significant tree mortality, no fire history in the area over the last 97 years, steep terrain with limited access, abandoned mine shafts and extreme temperatures with low RH.

July 1, 2016 at 6:19 AM 

Overnight, the fire was active again.

June 30, 2016 at 10:37 PM

The fire became more active today as the inversion lifted at approximately 1 pm. Crews made good progress on the Placer side of the fire today, completing direct line across the west and northwestern edges of the fire. They also completed contingency lines and will continue to plan for contingencies and community protection on both the north and south sides of the fire. Fire crossed the line south and west of Ford’s Bar, and firefighters began constructing indirect line down the New Orleans Creek drainage to the east toward Bottle Hill on the south. Crews made good progress on indirect line southeast of the Hornblende Mountains, using retardant drops along the ridgeline from Very Large Air Tankers (VLATS) to cool the fire as it approached the line. They also worked on indirect line from Jakey’s Hill toward Buckeye Point, with the intent to tie the line back into the river. The fire did continue to get established in the Otter Creek drainage, and due to the one way road and increased fire activity, evacuations in Volcanoville were upgraded from voluntary to mandatory. Aircraft assigned to the Trailhead Fire also supported the suppression of two new fires; one three miles west of the Georgetown Incident Command Post, and another roadside start in the Foresthill area, near Lake Clementine. Both starts were contained quickly.

Placer County Mandatory Evacuations: All homes east of Green Ridge Rd to Oakwood Ln to Nugget Dr, Skyview Terrace Mobile Home Park, Oak Wood Ct, Vinewood Ct, Trail Head Ct, Green Pine Ct, Alton Trail Ct, Gray Ct, Tevis Ct, and White Tail Ct. Homes to the west of the above listed are under an advisory evacuation order.

El Dorado County Mandatory Evacuations:

Georgetown behind the column. Picture from Baltimore Road

Georgetown behind the column. Picture from Baltimore Road

Mameluke Hill Road, East side of from Canyon Creek to Bottle Hill, Bottle Hill Road, East from the intersection of Cement Hill Road, Roanoak, Bear Flat, Bear Flat South, Bottle HI, Antwine, Jinnor, Kelliher, South of Otter Creek, N Hyder, S Hyder, Miners Delight, Air Shaft , Little Miner, Breedlove Road, North of Canyon Creek, La Cresta Drive, Strawn, Mining Claim, Paymaster Loop, Otter Creek Road, South of Otter Creek, Four Wheeler Drive, Earthsong Lane, Slow Go Road, Bottle Hill Bypass, Rowdy Road, Stag Lane, Dru Barner, North of Wentworth Springs Road, Tierra Lane, NF 13N16a, Garden Tower Lane, Hobby Horse Lane, Wolf Ridge Road, Kentucky Flat, North of Wentworth Springs to Otter Creek, and First Otter Creek Mandatory evacuations have been issued for the community of Volcanoville.

Placer County Road closures: Nugget Dr and Oakwood Ln

El Dorado County Road Closures: Bottle Hill Road at Wentworth Springs Road Mameluke Hill Road at Canyon Creek Breedlove at Canyon Creek Volcanoville Road at Wentworth Springs Road is open to residents only. An evacuation center is located at the Gold Country Fair Grounds, Sierra Building, 1273 High St, Auburn, CA 95603 for residence of Placer County. A Shelter for evacuees has been established at Golden Sierra High School at 5101 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley, and this shelter can accommodate small animals. All large animals need to be transported to 1100 Cold Springs Road, where Animal Services has arranged for accommodations. Engines: 48 Water Tenders: 10 Helicopters: 13 Air Tankers: as needed Hand Crews: 38 Dozers: 30 Other: 90- Overhead Total Personnel: 1992 Unified Command: NorCal Interagency Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire on behalf of CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service. Assisting Agencies:Placer County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and local fire departments from across the region.

June 30, 2016 at 9:32 PM

The fire was very active on the east side, held in check by firefighters and aerial assets. All evacuations and road closures remain place. Full update soon.

June 30, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Increased fire activity, with short-range spotting as temperatures are approaching the daily peak.

June 30, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Air operations are resuming. Tankers and helicopters are arriving on scene.

June 30, 2016 at 12:41 PM

The USFS Cobra helicopter has been ordered to the incident. With forward-looking IR, the ship can provide real-time intel to firefighters on the ground.

June 30, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Smoke is still preempting aircraft use on the fire. Air Attack 17 is scouting the area, just activated the helco platform to start back up. Expect helicopters over the incident within 30 minutes.

June 30, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Air Attack 17 (USFS) is en route to the incident.

June 30, 2016 at 10:25 AM  A joint air quality advisory issued by the Placer County Department of Public Health and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District – advisory for June 30, 2016 through July 4, 2016

AUBURN, Calif (June 30, 2016) — The Placer County Public Health Officer and Placer County Air Pollution Control District are issuing a joint air quality advisory to notify the public of poor air quality conditions primarily due to smoke from the Trailhead Fire in Placer and El Dorado Counties. Areas of smoke may affect Placer County from the valley to the Lake Tahoe area, dependent upon wind direction, until the fire is extinguished. In the evenings, smoke tends to move downhill becoming more concentrated in lower elevation areas including the foothills and the Lake Tahoe region. In the afternoon and early evening hours, conditions may improve as smoke rises. Smoke contains very tiny particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. While all people may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals, such as young, aged and those with respiratory conditions are of greatest risk of experiencing more aggravated symptoms. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to coughing, watery and itchy eyes, scratchy throat and difficulty in breathing. Intermittent smoke is likely to affect different parts of the county at different times of the day until the fire is extinguished.  Because of this, individuals should be aware that it is possible for smoke to affect both indoor and outdoor activities.  If you can see or smell smoke, avoid all unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced. Here are recommended ways to reduce your smoke exposure:

  • Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed; if possible run the air conditioner on the “recirculation” setting
  • Limit outdoor exertion and physical activity
  • Leave the smoke-impacted areas until conditions improve, if possible
  • Reduce unnecessary driving. If traveling through smoke-impacted areas, be sure that your vehicle’s ventilation system is on recirculate
  • Avoid the use of non‐HEPA paper face mask filters, which are not capable of filtering out extra fine particulates

Anyone experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should contact their doctor if they have any questions. Keep in mind that air quality can change rapidly at different times during the day due to wind shifts; therefore, it is important to monitor the smoke throughout the day in your area and make outdoor plans accordingly. Information on air quality and smoke can be found at www.placer.ca.gov/apcd.

June 30, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Yesterday, crews on the north side of the Middle Fork of the American River worked to construct containment line on the west and southwest sides of the fire, constructing line from Peachstone Gulch north up the Western States Trail to protect the communities of Todd Valley and Foresthill. Work will continue on that today. Contingency lines are also being constructed to further protect those communities. On the southside of the American River, Spot fires along the south side of Otter Creek occurred yesterday with the afternoon arrival of upcanyon winds. Steep, inaccessible terrain in Otter Creek made firefighting in the drainage too dangerous, and crews will work today to build indirect from Fords Bar south to Bottle Hill and then east along the Hornblend Mountains, towards Jakeys’ Hill. The firefighters will also scout and construct line northwest from Jakeys Hill northwest toward Buckeye Point, tying back into the Middle Fork of the American River to protect the community of Volcanoville. As of 9:00 am this morning, a VOLUNTARY EVACUATION has been issued for the community of Volcanoville. Weather today is predicted to be similar to yesterday, with hot, dry conditions prevailing. Afternoon winds are predicted to be similar to yesterday.

June 30, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Helicopters are working the fire already. Air tankers will be back on the fire as soon as the smoke lifts sufficiently to allow for targeted retardant drops.

June 30, 2016 at 9:04 AM

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a VOLUNTARY EVACUATION NOTICE for residents on the following streets: 4 Wheel Drive Road Bear State Road Bearfoot Road Breedlove Road, North of Bottle Hill Road Bojac Court Cassill Mine Road Cecil Lane Cedar Maddone Road Christmas Tree Lane Country Court Country Road Dusty Camp Road Dusty Mine Road El Bosque Place Haven Ridge Road Haven Ridge Court Hobby Horse Lane Kentucky Flat Road Lake Avenue Lofty Peak Lane Merkel Drive Mosswood Road Narrow Way Pay Master Mine Road Ringtale Road Shotgun Lane Spring Tunnel Mine Road Spirit Creek Star Lake Sticker Bush Trail Sunset Peak Lane Tall Timber Road Thumper Lane Tin Ranch Road Tinsel Trail Tipten Hill Court Tullamore Lane Wolfridge Road Volcanoville Road Unnamed Road (west of Volcanoville Road) Possibly Cock Robin Road An Evacuation Shelter has been established at Golden Sierra High School at 5101 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley, and this shelter can accommodate small animals. All large animals need to be transported to 1100 Cold Springs Road, where Animal Services has arranged for accommodations. The El Dorado County Fire Hotline (530)642-7263 is now staffed and any questions or concerns can be addressed by calling this number.

Current Road Closures are: Bottle Hill Road at Wentworth Springs Road Mameluke Hill Road at Canyon Creek Breedlove at Canyon Creek

NEW CLOSURE: Volcanoville Road at Wentworth Springs Road will be limited to RESIDENTS ONLY.

June 30, 2016 at 8:55 AM pcso

Interesting comparison between the fire at night (photo below) and this morning. Thanks to Placer County Sheriff’s Office for sharing their deputy’s photo, also taken from Mosquito Ridge Road in Foresthill.

June 30, 2016 at 8:48 AM

A community meeting for the Trailhead Fire will be at Garden Valley High School (5101 Garden Valley Rd., Garden Valley, CA) at 7:00 PM tonight.

June 30, 2016 at 8:18 AM

At 9:00 am voluntary evacuations will be initiated for Volcanoville. There will be a soft road closure on Wentworth Springs.

June 30, 2016 at 8:04 AM

Night image of the Trailhead Fire from Mosquito Ridge Rd on June 29/30, showing the Eldorado County side of the canyon. Hotchkiss Hill beacon light in the upper left edge of the photo by Joseph Dondelinger.

Night image of the Trailhead Fire from Mosquito Ridge Rd on June 29/30, showing the Eldorado County side of the canyon. Hotchkiss Hill beacon light in the upper left edge of the photo by Joseph Dondelinger.

The fire was active overnight, as evidenced by this photo, courtesy of Joe Dondelinger.

June 30, 2016 at 7:09 AM

The fire is divided in two branches. Branch I is the El Dorado side, Branch II the Placer side of the river. The containment figures reflect line build on the Placer side up from African Bar to Peachstone Gulch in Division A. Contingency dozer lines have been completed to reinforce protection for the homes located in Toadd Valley and Skyview.

June 30, 2016 at 6:21 AM

According to CAL FIRE, the fire is 1,264 acres and remains at 12% containment. NorCal Team 2 arrived last night and among many other things produced this map and the IR kmz you see above.

June 29, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Working closely in Unified Command, CAL FIRE and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) fire crews worked throughout the day to construct control lines around the fire. Heavy use of aircraft including air tankers, helicopters and air attack command and control aircraft helped in keeping the fire to approximately 1,000 acres. Firefighting personnel were able to make progress in limiting further spread on the Foresthill side of the river. The fire, burning in a larger area on the Eldorado National Forest side of the river, burned at times aggressively throughout the day. Both the Placer and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Departments imposed additional mandatory evacuation zones in an effort to protect residents in advance of the danger. The fire is now burning south of Otter Creek which is what prompted evacuations in El Dorado County. Northern California Interagency Team II is on forest and transitioning to take command of the incident.

IR map on June 29

IR map on June 29

June 29, 2016 at 6:15 PM

1,928 firefighters working the 1,000-acre fire, 22 dozers, 121 engines, 65 handcrews assigned. Containment is up to 12%.

June 29, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Current road closures in El Dorado County are: Bottle Hill Road at Wentworth Springs Road Mameluke Hill Road at Canyon Creek Breedlove Road at Canyon Creek

June 29, 2016 at 5:01 PM

Due to increased fire activity the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a MANDATORY EVACUATION NOTICE for residents on the following streets: East to West: Mameluke Hill Road, East side of from Canyon Creek to Bottle Hill Bottle Hill Road, East from the intersection of Cement Hill Road Roanoak Bear Flat Bear Flat South Bottle HI Antwine Jinnor Kelliher, South of Otter Creek N Hyder S Hyder Miners Delight Air Shaft Little Miner Breedlove Road, North of Canyon Creek La Cresta Drive Strawn Mining Claim Paymaster Loop Otter Creek Road, South of Otter Creek Four Wheeler Drive Earthsong Lane Slow Go Road Bottle Hill Bypass Rowdy Road Stag Lane Dru Barner, North of Wentworth Springs Road Tierra Lane NF 13N16a Garden Tower Lane An Evacuation Shelter has been established at Golden Sierra High School at 5101 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley, and this shelter can accommodate small animals. All large animals need to be transported to 1100 Cold Springs Road, where Animal Services has arranged for accommodations. The El Dorado County Fire Hotline (530)642-7263 is now staffed and any questions or concerns can be addressed by calling this number.

June 29, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Mandatory evacuation order about to be issued: Otter Creek on the north to Canyon Creek on the south, east to Wentworth Springs Road – in El Dorado County. This is due to a half-acre spot fire on the south side of the river resulting from a roll out from Otter Creek. This information has not been confirmed by El Dorado Sheriff’s Office.

June 29, 2016 at 4:41 PM

New estimated acreage is 800 acres. Tanker 910 (VLAT) on order.

June 29, 2016 at 4:05 PM

From Placer County: Contingency line construction

June 29, 2016 at 3:59 PM

Spot fire on Otter Creek, Air Attack is directing air resources to it. The spot is about half an acre, well-established.

June 29, 2016 at 3:04 PM

Lots of tanker drops in the Otter Creek, on the Eldorado side of the fire. Heavy tankers are placing contingency retardant lines further up.

June 29, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Air tankers are in heavy rotation, increased fire behavior with observed spotting.

June 29, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Air Quality Health Advisory for sensitive groups – high ozone forecast Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Western Nevada County Ozone concentrations are expected to reach the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range on Wednesday and Thursday, June 29th and 30th in Western Nevada County. Due to the combination of high temperatures, mild winds from the Sacramento region, poor atmospheric dispersion and an abundance of ozone precursors (NOx and VOCs) associated with the Trailhead Fire in Placer County, ozone is likely to increase throughout the day on Wednesday and remain high Wednesday evening. Levels are likely to drop early Thursday morning, but then increase again by Thursday afternoon. In addition, an intermittent haze of smoke from the Trailhead Fire may exacerbate the health effects of ozone at times. Sensitive Groups (those most at risk from exposure to ground level ozone) are typically comprised of individuals who may be elderly, children, asthmatics, adults with pre-existing heart and lung disease, pregnant women and people who are exercising outdoors. Exposure to unhealthful ozone concentrations can result in eye and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, congestion, coughing, impaired lung function and chest pain. Sensitive individuals are advised to avoid prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion, especially during the late afternoon and evening.

June 29, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Per El Dorado County Sheriff: Due to increased fire activity and the need to move fire equipment into the area, there is now a hard road closure of Bottle Hill Road at Breedlove Road and Bottle Hill Road at Mameluke Hill Road. Deputies will be contacting any affected residents shortly.

June 29, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Air tankers are resuming operations.

June 29, 2016 at 1:24 PM 

Mandatory evacuations Skyview Terrace Mobile Home Park Oakwood Ct Vinewood Ct Trail Head Ct Green Pine Ct Alton Trail Ct Gray Ct Tevis Ct White Tail Ct Nugget Dr All residents living east of Green Ridge Dr. to Oakwood Ln. to Nugget Dr. Residents to the west of the above listed roads in the Foresthill/Todd Valley area are under an advisory evacuation order. A phone message will be sent to the affected areas for those who have signed up for the Placer Alert service . Please keep calls into the 911 center for emergency requests. Road Closures Nugget Road is closed from start to end, both sides of the road.

June 29, 2016 at 1:04 PM

Blue Canyon helibase. Photo by Colleen Standley

Blue Canyon helibase. Photo by Colleen Standley

Helicopters are starting to work the fire again. This is a critical time for air operations to lay down retardant lines and cool down hot spots. Drone operators need to be aware of the existing TFR, stay away from the incident and not interfere with firefighting efforts.

June 29, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Air operations have one Air Attack and 2 tankers over the fire at high altitude. Air operations are on hold.

June 29, 2016 at 12:29 PM Another drone incursion is shutting down air operations.

June 29, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Better mapping for a new estimated size of 650 acres. Still 5% contained.

June 29, 2016 at 11:43 AM

Hard road closures in the Georgetown are at Mameluke Road and Wentworth Springs.

June 29, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Residents are urged to heed the evacuation orders and follow directions by PCSO deputies. Air tankers are reinforcing the existing retardant lines, dozers and firefighters are building hand lines. Dozers are also working to build contingency lines. Please be extremely careful and watch for heavy equipment traveling on Foresthill Road. Numerous strike teams are arriving today.  NorCal Team 2 will take over command of the fire by tomorrow.

June 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Red Cross moving the #TrailheadFire evac center from Forest Hill HS to the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn at the Sierra Bldg.

June 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM

Per Placer County Sheriff: The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a mandatory evacuation order in Foresthill for the following: All residents living east of Green Ridge Dr. to Oakwood Ln. to Nugget Dr. All residences along Oakwood lane, Nugget Drive, and all points East including the entirety of Skyview Terrace Mobile Home Park are under mandatory evacuation. All resident along Green Ridge Drive and Birchwood Drive including point east to Oakwood are under voluntary evacuation. All citizens must exit along Todd Valley road west to Foresthill Road. Please take your medications and pets with you. To assist in evacuations please leave a note on your door as you leave to advise emergency personnel that you have left safely. Residents with animals and livestock can respond to the Gold Country Fair Grounds in Auburn where staff, food and water are available. Residents to the west of the above listed roads in the Todd Valley area are under an advisory evacuation order. An Everbridge phone message will be sent to the affected areas for those who have signed up for the service. Please keep calls into the 911 center for emergency requests.

Photo on June 29th around 8:30 amScena Vandagriff

Photo on June 29th around 8:30 amScena Vandagriff

June 29, 2016 at 9:50 AM

As the sun begins to hit the fire, thermal activity is increasing the fire behavior. As of now, there has been no change in evacuations. If you are a Placer County resident, sign up for the Placer Alert system

June 29, 2016 at 9:18 AM

The Trailhead Fire is being managed under unified command by CALFIRE and the U.S. Forest Service. The fire continued to burn through the night, though without significant growth. Crews working night operations took direct and indirect action, putting in hand and dozer line through steep terrain. Dense vegetation and heavy timber has made progress difficult and dangerous. A significant augmentation of resources including hand crews, dozers, engines and aircraft will occur throughout the day.  Aircraft will take advantage of all opportunities for air operations. Law Enforcement will continue to patrol the area, maintaining road blocks and evacuation areas as necessary. A Type 2 Incident Management Team is en route.  Additional updates will be made available as the incident develops. While the fire is still under investigation, investigaotrs are asking for the public’s help for any information about how the fire started. While the area is very remote it is often frequented by rafters. Anyone with information is urged to contact the CAL FIRE Arson Tip Line at – 1-800-468-4408.

Mandatory Evacuations: Oakwood Ct, Vinewood Ct, Trail Head Ct, Green Pine Ct. Nugget Dr.

Evacuation Advisory in place for: White Tail Ct Alton Trail, Gray Ct, Tevis Ct.

June 29, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Report of a rafter attempting to get to the fire.

June 29, 2016 at 8:20 AM

The fire is very active right now, lines in the Nugget Drive area are being tested. Firefighters are creating contingency lines in the Todd Valley area.

June 29, 2016 at 7:40 AM

No injuries to firefighters have been reported. Evacuations will be reevaluated today.

June 29, 2016 at 7:28 AM

The fire has been renamed again, it is now back to Trailhead Fire. There is as soft closure in place currently manned by CHP at Todd Valley and Foresthill Road. Residents are OK past that location up until the hard closures. Hard closures currently manned by PCSO at Oakwood + Nugget Birchwood + Nugget Potter + Nugget .

June 29, 2016 at 7:10 AM

Hot weather will persist today with poor overnight humidity recovery. Air tankers will be over the fire starting at 8:00 am.

June 29, 2016 at 6:37 AM

The morning briefing will take place at 7 am. Latest updates will be available then.

June 28, 2016 at 10:14 PM

CAL FIRE has entered into unifed command on the fire with Eldorado National Forest with assistance from Placer Co Incident Management Team.

June 28, 2016 at 9:58 PM

Per Placer County PIO: Sheltered at the Gold County Fairgrounds from the #TrailFire are 8 horses, 11 rabbits, 1 dog, 3 cats and a goose.

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A Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect over the Trail Fire.  The TFR includes drones. Issue Date : June 29, 2016 at 0434 UTC Location : FORESTHILL, California near HANGTOWN VOR/DME (HNW) Beginning Date and Time : June 29, 2016 at 1300 UTC Reason for NOTAM : TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING AVIATION OPERATIONS Type : Hazards Airspace Definition: Center: On the HANGTOWN VOR/DME (HNW) 325 degree radial at 15.5 nautical miles. (Latitude: 38º58’10″N, Longitude: 120º51’13″W) Radius: 5 nautical miles Altitude: From the surface up to and including 7000 feet MSL

June 28, 2016 at 9:37 PM

Per CAL FIRE: Fire currently boxed in by retardant lines with little containment. 250 acres in El Dorado County, 50 acres in Placer County. Mandatory evacuations continue due to the steep and inaccessible terrain. Cause: Under Investigation Assisting Agencies: Local Fire Departments, Placer county , Nevada County , Sacramento County , El Dorado County Structures Threatened: 400 RESOURCES Personnel: 250 Engines: 48 Crews: 5 Dozers: 6 Watertenders: 3

June 28, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Currently 48 engines, 6 water tenders, 5 hand crews, and 6 dozers are assigned. Significantly more resources are en route to the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Smoke will settle overnight into the canyons and low-lying areas. As of now, the Trail Fire near Foresthill is the only fire burning in the area.

June 28, 2016 at 9:12 PM

El Dorado County Sheriff: As of 9 pm, the fire activity has greatly diminished and Fire and Law Command staff are calling for NO evacuations tonight [on the El Dorado side of the fire only!]. The evacuation center at Golden Sierra High School will be closing shortly as no one has shown up. All El Dorado County Sheriff Office OES staff will be in very early tomorrow and we will monitor the fire throughout the day. We wish our firefighter brothers and sisters a very productive and safe night.

June 28, 2016 at 8:18 PM

Red Cross: The Forest High School Evac Center could easily transition to a shelter. We have cots ready for people!

June 28, 2016 at 8:04 PM

Aircraft traffic is resuming. Air Attack states the drone is not in sight at this time and wants all available tankers from McClellan to make one last drop before cutoff time.

June 28, 2016 at 8:03 PM

El Dorado County Sheriff: The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is in unified command with Fire and we are monitoring the progress of the Trail Fire as it burns into El Dorado County. As a precaution, we have established an evacuation center at the Golden Sierra High School at 5101 Garden Valley Road, in Garden Valley. If anyone wishes to evacuate, there will be resources to assist you at this site.

June 28, 2016 at 7:57 PM

Per Placer Sheriff: CalFire is attacking the #TrailFire from all angles, including with the DC-10. Thanks to everyone for orderly evacuations, which are now completed. Deputies are roving the evacuated streets, doing their best to keep homes safe.

June 28, 2016 at 7:44 PM CmFf9K6UoAADlkD

ALL air traffic now halted. The drone is back over the Eldorado side of the fire, near the Georgetown Airport.

June 28, 2016 at 7:32 PM

Report of a possible drone over the fire. A Temporary Flight Restriction has been requested over the fire. The drone was reportedly on the Eldorado side of the fire, did not ground air traffic – has now moved away.

June 28, 2016 at 7:11 PM

VLAT (a DC 10) is on approach again. Currently over Garden Valley, will be visible over Georgetown in a minute.

June 28, 2016 at 6:59 PM

All personnel in the CALFIRE NEU unit is held on duty due to the Trail Fire. Striketeam from Neada County is arriving at the staging area in Foresthill.

June 28, 2016 at 6:46 PM

Per PCSO the closure at Todd Valley and Foresthill is now a soft closure. Residents may enter as long as they know there is hard closure further down at Nugget.

June 28, 2016 at 6:28 PM

From Placer County: Foresthill Road closed at Todd Valley Road. Animals can go to Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. Evacuees can go to Foresthill High School (23319 Foresthill Rd.). Trailers and RVs can go to the Lower Mill site (adjacent to the Foresthill High School).

June 28, 2016 at 6:20 PM Updated estimated acreage is 250 acres. 50 acres on the Placer County side and 200+ acres on the Eldorado side of the Middle Fork of the American River.

June 28, 2016 at 6:11 PM No fuel available for the helicopters at the Auburn Airport. Helicopters will leave the fire and head to Grass Valley if fuel is available there.

June 28, 2016 at 6:05 PM The fire is now called the Trail Fire. Branch 1 of this CAL FIRE incident is 20 acres on ENF in American River canyon. Main fire is 100+ acres, per Eldorado National Forest.

June 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM Forward progress of the fire on the Placer side has been stopped. Two tankers are being released for the evening.

June 28, 2016 at 5:52 PM

From Mosquito Ridge Road. Photo by Heather Feather

From Mosquito Ridge Road. Photo by Heather Feather

Foresthill Rd closed at Todd Valley Rd. Animals go to Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn. Evacuees can go to Foresthill High School.

June 28, 2016 at 5:51 PM Mandatory evacs: Oakwood Vinewood Trail Head Green Pine Nugget Advisory: White Tail Alton Trail Grey Ct Tevis Ct Engines are in place for structure protection in Todd Valley. The Placer side of the fire is holding and firefighters are ready to defend structures. The Eldorado side is continuing to grow.

June 28, 2016 at 5:42 PM Latest estimate puts the fire at 100 acres. Evacuations and road closures remain in effect.

June 28, 2016 at 5:35 PM Air Attack is estimating the fire at 50 acres, initially ordering 4 Type 2 copters & 4 Type 1 copters for tomorrow morning. This is just the initial order.

June 28, 2016 at 5:22 PM A Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) has been ordered to the fire.

June 28, 2016 at 5:16 PM Air Attack is guiding heavy equipment into the incident. Air tankers continue to reinforce the retardant line on the Placer side.

June 28, 2016 at 5:08 PM Evacuees can go to Memorial Hall, pets are welcome.

June 28, 2016 at 5:05 PM Road closures for the Todd Valley area. PCSO is not letting traffic into the fire area as a safety precaution.

June 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM Red Cross is monitoring this fire & is on standby for potential sheltering requests. Air Attack 230 reports the fire is doing well on the Placer side. The fire is hung up on the retardant line and helitack crews are starting to attack the fire from the flank. The spots on the Eldorado side are 20-25 acres. The fire is well established and the greatest potential for spread is on the Eldorado side.

June 28, 2016 at 4:53 PM The fire has burned through the retardant on the Eldorado side of the river and is starting to spread on both sides of the river now.

June 28, 2016 at 4:46 PM Per Placer County Sheriff:  Advisory evacuations for Foresthill: Nugget Drive White Tail Court Trailhead Court Revised Court Alton Trail Gray Ct Oakwood Ln

June 28, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Air Attack 230 flight path over the Trailhead Fire

Air Attack 230 flight path over the Trailhead Fire

Air Attack 230 has been over the fire since shortly after it was reported. You can see their flight pattern:

June 28, 2016 at 4:32 PM Dozers are on order to the fire. They can cut line at the top of the ridge. Combined with retardant drops, this can slow or stop the progress. Placer County Sheriff deputies are continuing with evacuations. Please stay out of the area, lots of heavy equipment on the move.

June 28, 2016 at 4:31 PM Resources arriving are staging at Station 90 before being dispatched to the fire.

June 28, 2016 at 4:24 PM Two additional Washington Ridge crews to the incident, numerous local, state and federal engines en route. Per the IC, there is little chance to anchor a line at the heel of the fire. The fire is burning in extremely steep terrain and heavy brush and timber.

June 28, 2016 at 4:15 PM Mandatory evacuations on Vinewood Court, per Placer County Sheriff. Evacuation advisory now in place for Todd Valley.

Photo courtesy William Roush

Photo courtesy William Roush

June 28, 2016 at 4:13 PM Air Attack recommending evacuations in the area of Vinewood Ct in Foresthill. Additional evacuations possibly for Todd Valley as fire approaches.

June 28, 2016 at 4:12 PM Possible structure threat for Oakwood Lane and Nugget Drive. No evacuations ordered yet.

June 28, 2016 at 4:05 PM Air Attack is requesting two type 1 helicopters to the fire.

June 28, 2016 at 4:02 PM Fire is still in the canyon but is burning towards Todd Valley. Likely to get out of the canyon at Todd Valley. Firefighters are staging at Todd Valley Road, prepositioning resources to attempt to halt the progress of the fire.

June 28, 2016 at 3:58 PM  Fire is on the Middle Fork, column is bending towards the north. Spots are on the El Dorado side of the river. Air Attack is hopeful they will be able to catch the fire on top of the ridge after sundown.

June 28, 2016 at 3:52 PM There are two spots on the eastern side of the river, well established. Retardant on the main fire is slowing progress. A total of 8 tankers will be working the fire, including heavy tankers.

June 28, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Photo courtesy Kenny Wahlberg. As seen from Nugget at 3:50 pm.

Photo courtesy Kenny Wahlberg. As seen from Nugget at 3:50 pm.

Air tankers over the fire will try to lay a retardant line for struture protection on Drivers Flat.

June 28, 2016 at 3:47 PM Air Attack is over the fire, reports the fire has started at the bottom near the river. Burning uphill, at a moderate rate of spread. One spot has established on the eastern side of the rive. Possible structure threat on the Drivers Flat area. Additional tankers and ground resources on order.

June 28, 2016 at 3:42 PM Air Attack is on approach and reports a large column developing.

June 28, 2016 at 3:37 PM Report of a vegetation fire near Foresthill on Trailhead Court. Full wildland dispatch on order, including aircraft. Could be in the Amador-Eldorado Unit.