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Burn pile gets out of hand


An out-of-control burn pile devastated a portion of forest in Strawberry on Saturday.

It started as a small, legal burn pile above the store at Strawberry. High winds quickly picked up the flames and spread them across a 3/4-acre patch of open forest.

Around 3:30 p.m., one Lake Valley fire engine, five Forest Service fire engines and a couple El Dorado county engines responded to the call, Battalion Chief Jeff Michael said. A helicopter also dumped water on the blaze, he added.

It took firefighters six hours to completely extinguish the fire.

There was no structural damage or injuries.

“It was a pretty good-sized fire for this early in the season,” Michael said. “One of the biggest ones this year.”

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