Mosquito Fire: Crews mop-up in Foresthill, but eastern front still aggressive

Wednesday for the town of Foresthill in Placerville is a completely different story from Tuesday when the Mosquito Fire was a stone’s throw away from tearing through the area.Wednesday’s winds were slightly lighter in comparison to Tuesday’s, where a flare-up jumped the Middle Fork of the American River and made a run toward Foresthill, the situation for the town as of 5 p.m. Wednesday appears better, with video from LiveCopter 3 showing significantly less smoke for that part of the Mosquito Fire.With the exception of a few structures and several vehicles across the street from Foresthill High School, much of that town was spared.The eastern section of the fire, however, remains active. KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan said the fire has advanced about half a mile to a mile as far as area burnt.Still, the lighter winds were enough to push more smoke inversion out of the fire area, allowing for heavy use of aircraft to drop water and fire retardant, Cal Fire said in its Wednesday evening report. Crews patrolled, mopped up and secured control lines along Foresthill Road, focusing heavily on where Tuesday’s flare-up reached Foresthill.As of Wednesday at 7 p.m., the fire has burned at least 63,776 acres and is 20% contained. Meanwhile, authorities said that 64 structures have been destroyed in Placer County and 34 in El Dorado County. Cal Fire said 9,236 structures remain threatened.Here’s a look at the fire at 4 p.m. on Wednesday from LiveCopter 3:Video from LiveCopter 3 captured heavy smoke near Foresthill High School on Tuesday. Multiple vehicles and structures across the street from the school were destroyed. Crews were able to narrowly avoid the flames from reaching north of Foresthill Road, where more homes and structures, including the high school, are. Watch below | Raw: Vehicles, structures near Foresthill High School destroyed The eastern front of the fire steadily continues burning in dense forested areas with dry fuels, Cal Fire said. Most of Wednesday’s smoke came from this area.Crews continue trying to keep the fire away from the community of Stumpy Meadows, which was forced to evacuate Tuesday.The agency added that its No. 1 priority Wednesday remains strengthening and securing the control lines protecting these communities. The weather is forecast to be the same as the last few days, with continued southwest winds leading to fire growth. Meteorologist Heather Waldman said to expect wind gusts of around 15 mph. After sunset, the winds will back down, she said.Evacuation orders expand, power out for thousandsMeanwhile, evacuation orders expanded Tuesday for communities in Placer and El Dorado counties.The community of Stumpy Meadows was ordered to evacuate Tuesday afternoon by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office because of the Mosquito Fire. The boundaries for the evacuated area are east of Stumpy Meadows, west of Wentworth Springs Road and the Ice Hours Road intersection. That also includes south of the El Dorado-Placer county border north of Onion Creek.In Placer County, the Yankee Jims and Shirttail Canyon areas were also forced to evacuate Tuesday afternoon. This includes south of Big Dipper through Kings Hill and through Black Bear and Grills Hill.There are also evacuation warnings for Iowa Hill Road at Mineral Bar to Elliot Ranch Road, north of Big Dipper and Adelia Hill.The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said deputies have evacuated 6,258 residents but 90 people refused to leave.Pacific Gas & Electric Co. also reported about 2,600 customers in both El Dorado and Placer counties without power as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. KCRA 3 reporter Melanie Wingo spoke with Scott McClean, a longtime Cal Fire spokesperson, about some of the operations crews have done to protect as many structures as possible. They spoke near Worton’s Market along Foresthill Road. Watch that interview below. The Mosquito Fire started on the evening of Sept. 6 near Mosquito Ridge Road on the north side of the Oxbow Reservoir. The Oxbow Reservoir is about 11 miles east of the community of Foresthill. Foresthill is located about 20 miles northeast of Auburn. Sixty-four structures were destroyed, and about 5,848 structures remain threatened, Cal Fire said. There are 11,277 people who evacuated since the fire started. Cal Fire said the steep and rugged terrain of the fire makes it difficult for crews to access the fire directly. Cal Fire hopes to fully contain the fire by Oct. 15. However, containment is not a measure of how much of the fire is extinguished but rather a gauge as to how much of a line crews have around the fire perimeter to prevent the fire from spreading. See all evacuation orders and warnings below. App users, click here.Evacuation centersPlacer CountySierra College — 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin, CA 95677 (Parking in Lot B, shelter will be in the Building J cafeteria)El Dorado CountyCameron Park Services District — 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682. Overnight shelter, meals, showers, limited health services and parking for trailers will be provided. Animals in crates and carriers will also be accepted.Green Valley Community Church — 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA. This location with accept human and small domestic animals on leashes or in creates. No Large animal and no birds. Limited RV parking and no hookups.Animal evacuation centersPlacer CountyPlacer County Animal Services Center (Reached capacity and has suspended new intakes) — 11232 B Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603 Gold Country Fairgrounds — 209 Fairgate Road, Auburn, CaliforniaDiamond Springs Shelter (small animals only) — 6435 Capitol Avenue, Diamond Springs, CA 95619Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center (equines only) — Call for information: 916-985-7334Flying M Ranch (large animals only) — 5421 Buck Mountain Road, Placerville, CA 95667Road ClosuresThe Placer County Sheriff’s Office said hard road closures are in place on Foresthill Road and Lincoln Way in Auburn. There are also closures at the Old Foresthill Road at the Confluence.The eastbound Interstate 80 offramp to Foresthill Road is closed due to the fire.(Click through the gallery below for a glimpse at the firefight.) Large Mosquito Fire flare-up spottedKCRA 3 Photojournalist John Breedlove captured a large flare-up from the Mosquito Fire. A massive column of smoke could be seen coming up from those flames. That flare-up has since destroyed vehicles and structures near Foresthill High School. El Dorado County residents can check if their home is destroyedResidents in El Dorado County that had to evacuate because of the wildfire burning in the area can now start checking if their homes are still standing.The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office released an interactive map that lets you click on homes that are color-coded based on the amount of damage. Damaged or destroyed homes will also include pictures showing what the house looks like. Homes without damage will not have their pictures posted.According to the sheriff’s office, if you don’t see your home on the map, you are encouraged to check back later as crews continue to assess damages by the wildfire. Currently, the map shows homes in the Volcanoville, Georgetown and Quintette areas.View that map below. App users, click here.State of emergency declared Placer County issued a local emergency due to the blaze.“A local emergency proclamation asserts continuing risk to life and property and that the response is beyond the capabilities of local resources,” a release from the county said. “Placer’s proclamation requests state and federal assistance, but neither a state nor a federal disaster has yet been declared that would authorize individual disaster assistance for residents and businesses.” Gov. Gavin Newsom also declared a state of emergency in Placer and El Dorado counties due to the fires. With the state of emergency declared, that opens up federal resources to assist in combating the fire. PG&E files incident report to CPUCIt’s still unclear how the Mosquito Fire started. However, PG&E filed a report with the state’s public utility commission for a pole near where the fire started. The U.S. Forest Service had placed “caution tape around the base of a PG&E transmission pole” the report said on Thursday. “Thus far, PG&E has observed no damage or abnormal conditions to the pole or our facilities near Oxbow Reservoir, has not observed down conductor in the area or any vegetation related issues.”PG&E is investigating. Here’s a look at the current air quality in Northern CaliforniaSmoke from the Mosquito Fire burning in Placer and El Dorado counties will continue to impact areas across the Sacramento region, according to Spare the Air. The Sacramento Metropolitan, El Dorado, Feather River, Placer and Yolo-Solano air districts forecast unhealthy air quality for parts of the region.| MORE | Sacramento region’s air quality impacted by unhealthy smoke from the Mosquito Fire

Wednesday for the town of Foresthill in Placerville is a completely different story from Tuesday when the Mosquito Fire was a stone’s throw away from tearing through the area.

Wednesday’s winds were slightly lighter in comparison to Tuesday’s, where a flare-up jumped the Middle Fork of the American River and made a run toward Foresthill, the situation for the town as of 5 p.m. Wednesday appears better, with video from LiveCopter 3 showing significantly less smoke for that part of the Mosquito Fire.

With the exception of a few structures and several vehicles across the street from Foresthill High School, much of that town was spared.

The eastern section of the fire, however, remains active. KCRA 3 Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan said the fire has advanced about half a mile to a mile as far as area burnt.

Still, the lighter winds were enough to push more smoke inversion out of the fire area, allowing for heavy use of aircraft to drop water and fire retardant, Cal Fire said in its Wednesday evening report. Crews patrolled, mopped up and secured control lines along Foresthill Road, focusing heavily on where Tuesday’s flare-up reached Foresthill.

As of Wednesday at 7 p.m., the fire has burned at least 63,776 acres and is 20% contained.

Meanwhile, authorities said that 64 structures have been destroyed in Placer County and 34 in El Dorado County. Cal Fire said 9,236 structures remain threatened.

Here’s a look at the fire at 4 p.m. on Wednesday from LiveCopter 3:

This content is imported from Facebook.
You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

Video from LiveCopter 3 captured heavy smoke near Foresthill High School on Tuesday. Multiple vehicles and structures across the street from the school were destroyed. Crews were able to narrowly avoid the flames from reaching north of Foresthill Road, where more homes and structures, including the high school, are.

Watch below | Raw: Vehicles, structures near Foresthill High School destroyed

The eastern front of the fire steadily continues burning in dense forested areas with dry fuels, Cal Fire said. Most of Wednesday’s smoke came from this area.

Crews continue trying to keep the fire away from the community of Stumpy Meadows, which was forced to evacuate Tuesday.

The agency added that its No. 1 priority Wednesday remains strengthening and securing the control lines protecting these communities.

The weather is forecast to be the same as the last few days, with continued southwest winds leading to fire growth.

Meteorologist Heather Waldman said to expect wind gusts of around 15 mph. After sunset, the winds will back down, she said.

Evacuation orders expand, power out for thousands

Meanwhile, evacuation orders expanded Tuesday for communities in Placer and El Dorado counties.

The community of Stumpy Meadows was ordered to evacuate Tuesday afternoon by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office because of the Mosquito Fire. The boundaries for the evacuated area are east of Stumpy Meadows, west of Wentworth Springs Road and the Ice Hours Road intersection. That also includes south of the El Dorado-Placer county border north of Onion Creek.

In Placer County, the Yankee Jims and Shirttail Canyon areas were also forced to evacuate Tuesday afternoon. This includes south of Big Dipper through Kings Hill and through Black Bear and Grills Hill.

There are also evacuation warnings for Iowa Hill Road at Mineral Bar to Elliot Ranch Road, north of Big Dipper and Adelia Hill.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said deputies have evacuated 6,258 residents but 90 people refused to leave.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. also reported about 2,600 customers in both El Dorado and Placer counties without power as of 8 a.m. Wednesday.

KCRA 3 reporter Melanie Wingo spoke with Scott McClean, a longtime Cal Fire spokesperson, about some of the operations crews have done to protect as many structures as possible. They spoke near Worton’s Market along Foresthill Road.

Watch that interview below.

The Mosquito Fire started on the evening of Sept. 6 near Mosquito Ridge Road on the north side of the Oxbow Reservoir. The Oxbow Reservoir is about 11 miles east of the community of Foresthill. Foresthill is located about 20 miles northeast of Auburn.

Sixty-four structures were destroyed, and about 5,848 structures remain threatened, Cal Fire said. There are 11,277 people who evacuated since the fire started.

Cal Fire said the steep and rugged terrain of the fire makes it difficult for crews to access the fire directly.

Cal Fire hopes to fully contain the fire by Oct. 15. However, containment is not a measure of how much of the fire is extinguished but rather a gauge as to how much of a line crews have around the fire perimeter to prevent the fire from spreading.

Evacuation centers

Placer County

Sierra College — 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin, CA 95677 (Parking in Lot B, shelter will be in the Building J cafeteria)

El Dorado County

Cameron Park Services District — 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682. Overnight shelter, meals, showers, limited health services and parking for trailers will be provided. Animals in crates and carriers will also be accepted.

Green Valley Community Church — 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA. This location with accept human and small domestic animals on leashes or in creates. No Large animal and no birds. Limited RV parking and no hookups.

This content is imported from Twitter.
You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

Animal evacuation centers

Placer County

Placer County Animal Services Center (Reached capacity and has suspended new intakes) — 11232 B Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603

Gold Country Fairgrounds — 209 Fairgate Road, Auburn, California

Diamond Springs Shelter (small animals only) — 6435 Capitol Avenue, Diamond Springs, CA 95619

Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center (equines only) — Call for information: 916-985-7334

Flying M Ranch (large animals only) — 5421 Buck Mountain Road, Placerville, CA 95667

Road Closures

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said hard road closures are in place on Foresthill Road and Lincoln Way in Auburn. There are also closures at the Old Foresthill Road at the Confluence.

The eastbound Interstate 80 offramp to Foresthill Road is closed due to the fire.

(Click through the gallery below for a glimpse at the firefight.)

Large Mosquito Fire flare-up spotted

KCRA 3 Photojournalist John Breedlove captured a large flare-up from the Mosquito Fire.

A massive column of smoke could be seen coming up from those flames. That flare-up has since destroyed vehicles and structures near Foresthill High School.

This content is imported from Twitter.
You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

El Dorado County residents can check if their home is destroyed

Residents in El Dorado County that had to evacuate because of the wildfire burning in the area can now start checking if their homes are still standing.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office released an interactive map that lets you click on homes that are color-coded based on the amount of damage. Damaged or destroyed homes will also include pictures showing what the house looks like. Homes without damage will not have their pictures posted.

According to the sheriff’s office, if you don’t see your home on the map, you are encouraged to check back later as crews continue to assess damages by the wildfire. Currently, the map shows homes in the Volcanoville, Georgetown and Quintette areas.

View that map below. App users, click here.

State of emergency declared

Placer County issued a local emergency due to the blaze.

“A local emergency proclamation asserts continuing risk to life and property and that the response is beyond the capabilities of local resources,” a release from the county said. “Placer’s proclamation requests state and federal assistance, but neither a state nor a federal disaster has yet been declared that would authorize individual disaster assistance for residents and businesses.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom also declared a state of emergency in Placer and El Dorado counties due to the fires. With the state of emergency declared, that opens up federal resources to assist in combating the fire.

This content is imported from Twitter.
You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

PG&E files incident report to CPUC

It’s still unclear how the Mosquito Fire started. However, PG&E filed a report with the state’s public utility commission for a pole near where the fire started.

The U.S. Forest Service had placed “caution tape around the base of a PG&E transmission pole” the report said on Thursday. “Thus far, PG&E has observed no damage or abnormal conditions to the pole or our facilities near Oxbow Reservoir, has not observed down conductor in the area or any vegetation related issues.”

PG&E is investigating.

Here’s a look at the current air quality in Northern California

Smoke from the Mosquito Fire burning in Placer and El Dorado counties will continue to impact areas across the Sacramento region, according to Spare the Air. The Sacramento Metropolitan, El Dorado, Feather River, Placer and Yolo-Solano air districts forecast unhealthy air quality for parts of the region.

| MORE | Sacramento region’s air quality impacted by unhealthy smoke from the Mosquito Fire

Source link