Trailhead Fire Update - Over 50% Containment and Mandatory Evacs Lifted

by Placerville Newswire / Jul 05, 2016 / comments

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.