Trailhead Fire: Getting Animals Out

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FORESTHILL -- Homeowners who evacuated their animals from the Trailhead Fire and housed them at the Gold County Fair Grounds were informed that dogs and cats were transferred to local shelters because of the upcoming Fourth of July fireworks show this weekend.

"Fireworks stress dogs tremendously, whether in a disaster response or not, and we thought we'd err on the side of caution and remove them farther away from the fireworks," Animal Control Officer Kim DeWoody said.

DeWoody told FOX40 that 72 animals were brought to the fairgrounds in the first night homeowners were told to evacuate from the Placer County side of the Trailhead fire.

"They're not happy, I'm sure. They're homebody cats, so they don't like change," Johnston said.

Johnston said her mother was on mandatory evacuation and left three of her cats at the fairgrounds.

"I have six of my own at home and i don't want to be evacuated so I'm just hoping that they give us good news," Johnston said.

Cal Fire crews led a community meeting Foresthill High School Friday evening. They told the crowd they were most concerned about a southwest portion of the El Dorado side of the fire that was looking vulnerable, as well as parts of Todd Valley.

Crews said they were able to moderate the intensity of the Trailhead fire and stay ahead of the flames, and decided to lift all evacuation orders in Placer County at 9 PM Friday. They made it clear that homeowners should keep their bags packed in case the so far predictable fire activity changed.

While some breathed a sigh of relief, others continued to hold their breath.

"Because there is an absolute parade of giant trucks and bulldozers on my street…they told us if it jumps the river its gonna come right back up," Linda Pietz of Todd Valley said.

Animal control officers said people who dropped their pets off at the Gold County Fairgrounds could pick them up as soon as Friday night from the same location.

As of late Friday, the Trailhead fire had burned over 2,500 acres and was 12 percent contained.

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