Officials optimistic about Star fire |

Officials optimistic about Star fire

Robert Stern

Fire crews combating the Star Fire, located 25 miles west of Tahoma, are expected to control the fire by today, said Jean Schaeppi, spokeswoman for the Foresthill Fire Center.

The fire, which has burned 16,761 acres in the El Dorado and Tahoe national forests as well as parts of the French Meadow Reservoir, has cost the federal government $26.7 million so far.

Fire crews which once numbered 2,000 are now under 500 and should be decreased further today, Schaeppi said. The fire, which began Aug. 25, was contained Saturday and fire crews don’t anticipate any further spreading.

“They’re pretty confident that if we find a hot spot, we can extinguish it before it can spread,” Schaeppi said.

There were15 injuries while fighting the fire. Only one was serious.

All roads are closed in the French Meadows and Big Meadows/Hellhole recreation complexes. There is a campfire ban in the Tahoe National Forest and an advisory not to enter areas south of Interstate 80 and west of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Campfires in the Eldorado National Forest are allowed only in designated areas. Road 96 is congested with fire equipment, falling snags and rolling boulders.

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