Hope Valley evacuations lifted

Evacuations in the Hope Valley area have been lifted due to the reduced threat to structures from the Burnside fire.

The fire remains at 150 acres burned. As of 2:30 p.m. it is 30 percent contained.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire, reported about 4 p.m. Sunday, and consider it suspicious.

11:30 a.m.:

The Burnside fire burning one mile south of Highway 88 in Hope Valley and west of Pickett's Peak is 30 percent contained as of 11:30 a.m., according to officials with the Sierra Front. The fire burning in timber has consumed 150 acres.

Campers and guests are still under evacuation orders for Hope Valley Resort, Sorenson's Resort, Crystal Springs Campground, Kit Carson Campground and about 20 residents along Douglas Way near Sorenson's. An evacuation center is set up at Diamond Valley School in Woodfords, Calif. No one stayed at the school last night.

No structures have been burned, however officials are concerned about possible damage to the Carson River watershed.

The need for the evacuation to continue will be evaluated throughout the day.

There are no highway closures at this time. Forest Service roads Burnside Lake and Pickett's Peak are closed. The Forest Service Road to Blue Lakes remains open.

One firefighter has been treated and released for minor back injury.

Two air tankers, two helicopters, one water tender and six hand crews with personnel totalling 183 are fighting the fire.


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