Star fire 100 percent contained, soon will be controlled |

Star fire 100 percent contained, soon will be controlled

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The El Dorado and Tahoe National Forests fire has been 100 percent contained. The fire had been burning on 16,761 acres and cost a total of $26.5 million.

”This does not mean that the fire is out,” said Karen Durand, a spokeswoman for the Foresthill Fire Information Center. ”It means we’ve got good control of the fire.”

About 622 firefighting personnel have been working on the fire, which also is known as the Star fire. Durand said she expects the fire will be controlled by Sept. 19.

The Fire Information Center reported that fire behavior on Saturday was minimal and that efforts to stabilize soil conditions and improve roads continue.

All restrictions and closures in the area remain, however some may change in the next week, Durand said.

AP-WS-09-16-01 1846EDT

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