Star Fire fully contained

The Star Fire is fully contained after consuming 16,761 acres in the Tahoe National Forest and costing $26.5 million, officials said Saturday.

Infrared flights are pinpointing areas of heat and firefighters will be mopping up those areas, according to Brian Morris, spokesman for the Foresthill Fire Information Center.

Hazard trees along forest roads are being removed and fire suppression rehabilitation work to repair fire lines and stabilize soil conditions continues.

Some 22 hand crews, 24 fire engines, three helicopters, 11 dozers and 22 water trucks and 811 personnel are assigned to this fire, he said.

All roads into the French Meadows Recreation Complex and the Big Meadows/Hell Hole Recreation Complexes are closed. Mosquito Ridge Road is open to the Oxbow River Access. A campfire ban is in place on the Tahoe National Forest and entry to the area south of Interstate 80 and west of the Pacific Crest Trail is prohibited, he said. Fire restrictions are still in place in the Eldorado National Forest with campfires only allowed in designated campgrounds. Road 96 is congested from fire equipment, falling snags and rolling boulders.


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