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Washington Fire at 90 percent containment

Staff Reports

Genoa, Nev. — With a hand line around 90 percent of the 17,790-acre Washington Fire, officials are preparing to turn management of the blaze back over to local authorities on Sunday. Full containment is expected July 31.

Firefighters worked on isolated patches of heat and reinforced fire-line construction, according to the last morning update issued on Friday.

"Precipitation has occurred over most portions of the fire," spokesman Jose Acosta said. "Good progress has been made on the rehabilitation of … fire lines and equipment staging areas."

Forest Service roads are closed on either side of highways 4 and 89. As of Friday, fewer than 500 firefighters were working the blaze, including 14 hand crews.

The annual Tour of the California Alps is scheduled to take place on July 11, according to the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce.

Markleeville, which at one time was threatened with evacuation as a result of the fire, is open for business and returning to normal.