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Trailhead Fire Near Foresthill Burns 300 Acres

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FORESTHILL -- Crews are battling a 300-acre wildfire near Foresthill.

The so-called Trailhead Fire started on Trailhead Court in Foresthill. About 250 of the acres burned are in El Dorado County, the other 50 acres are in Placer County.

Several neighborhoods have been placed under mandatory evacuation orders, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office. Oakwood, Vinewood, Trailhead, Green Pine and Nugget are all under mandatory evacuations.

White Tail, Alton Trail, Gray Court and Tevis Court are all under advisory evacuations.

Animals can be taken to the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Evacuees can go to Foresthill High School. Trailers and RVs can be taken to the Lower Mill site.

As for the status of the evacuated neighborhood Tuesday evening, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said, "Those homes are not immediately threatened by the fire, but because this is a community that's one way in, one way out, we wanted to make sure, especially in the bottom half of the subdivision, that it was evacuated early so that if the fire does race up the hill, we've got those people out of harm's way."

A large plume of smoke can be seen in the area.

Crews from Cal Fire, Foresthill Fire, and several agencies throughout the region are helping fight the flames.

The fire is burning in a remote area and a dozen aircraft are being used to battle the fire.

"The challenge on this fire is not only that access is difficult," explained Berlant. "But it's hot...Conditions are tinder try. In fact there are a number of pockets throughout this region that have dead trees. Those dead trees are all standing fuel for these types of fires."

Air support had to be halted briefly due to a drone flying in the area, according to Cal Fire. The agency would like to remind hobbyists that "when you fly, we can't fly."

The cause of the fire is not known.