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Foresthill Divide Road closed

Three fires in Foresthill area have burned more than 7,000 acres
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Foresthill Divide Road remains closed since Friday afternoon so fire crews can fight a 1,204-acre blaze nearby. The road is closed between the China Wall Off-highway Vehicle staging area and Robinson Flat. The closure is about 12 to 13 miles east of Foresthill. “It’s pretty far up the hill,” said Jane LaBoa, public information officer for the U.S. Forest Service Saturday afternoon. Fire crews are building a fire line to prevent the Westville fire, which is about 15 percent contained and directly across the north fork of the American River, from traveling across the road, LaBoa said. Currently there is another fire in the area that remains active. A third fire is about 95 percent contained. The Government Fire is about 10 percent contained and has so far covered 5,384 acres, LaBoa said. The fire is located north of the North Fork of the American River and south of the Emigrant Gap and Yuba Gap area, LaBoa explained. The Peavine Fire is located on Mosquito Ridge Road and is 552 acres and 95 percent contained, LaBoa said. Aircraft continues to patrol the area. LaBoa said crews reported the fire is “very stable” but they need to complete fire line work. To date, the three fires have burned 7,139 acres and are 25 percent contained, LaBoa said. A total of 645 people and 14 crews have responded as well as nine helicopters, 37 engines, 10 dozers and 11 water tenders. Check back at auburnjournal.com later Saturday afternoon for an update. -Jenifer Gee