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Forest Service manages wind-driven fires

The Forest Service is currently managing five wildland fires that have burned from private land onto National Forest. The fires are a result of downed power lines and high winds spreading prescribed fires off of private lands onto adjacent National Forest land. High winds are expected in the morning, decreasing by evening. Fire personnel are working to suppress and contain the fires, which have burned approximately 85 total acres on the Eldorado National Forest.

The Long John and Blacksmith fires are on the Georgetown Ranger District in the Ralston Ridge area. The Grey Horse fire is on the Pacific Ranger District west of Union Valley Reservoir. The Girard fire is on the Placerville Ranger District near the Silver Fork of the American River. The Salt fire is on the Amador Ranger District near Salt Springs Reservoir. Fire crews continue to work to contain the fires and additional resources are expected to arrive.

Forest Supervisor, Kathy Hardy, advises the public that many Forest Service roads are impassible due to downed trees and hazardous conditions may still exist. Fire containment will take priority over opening up roads for public travel.

For current Eldorado National Forest fire information visit inciweb.org.

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