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Sunday forest fires contained

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Multiple fires that broke out in forested areas near Auburn were contained Sunday night. The eight fires reported in the American River Ranger Dsitrict were under control by about 8 p.m. Sunday. The fires ranged in size from a quarter-acre to two acres. Three were located southwest of Duncan Peak, four fires were north of Mosquito Ridge Road in the Peavine-Big Oak Flat area and one was 1.5 miles from the Forest Service seed orchard. The fires are expected to be called out Monday by about 6 p.m. and then crews will patrol the sites. Also, a one-acre fire five miles west of Graniteville in the Yuba River Ranger District in Northern Nevada County was contained at about 2:30 p.m. Officials anticipate warmer weather and lower humidity this week as high pressure builds over the region. “We were able to pick these fires up quickly yesterday due to our fast initial attack and because there were very few other fires,” Donn Thane, Tahoe National Forest duty officer said in a news release. “Thanks go to the Eldorado National Forest, Cal Fire and the Tahoe National Forest for excellent work yesterday. Fire activity in the Tahoe National Forest is starting to increase due to drier weather and vegetation conditions. Please be very fire safe this summer.” ~ Staff report