Mosquito Fire: Crews work against gusty winds Saturday that could test containment lines

Crews expect gusty winds on Saturday to complicate efforts on the eastern flank of the Mosquito Fire, with the state’s firefighting agency predicting the potential for more spot fires that could jump containment lines. Officials hope forecast rain will slow the fire’s growth. The fire has burned at least 71,292 acres and is 21% contained as of early Saturday morning. Containment is a measure of the perimeter crews have established to prevent the spread of a wildfire. Battling the BlazeFirefighters worked to secure control lines on Saturday in preparation for wind gusts of up to 25 mph Saturday afternoon along ridges, Cal Fire said in a morning report. “It’s very erratic up here and that has to do w the drainages that go in various directions that are funneling the wind,” a public information officer for the Mosquito Fire told KCRA 3 on Saturday. Still, crews have reported progress on the west and north side of the fire, while growth has also slowed on the southeast corner of the fire as it burns into the King Fire scar, Cal Fire said. While wind is a concern on Saturday, rainfall is expected to arrive early Sunday and last through Wednesday, which could slow the fire’s growth. But is not expected to be a “season-ending event,” Cal Fire said. Meanwhile, authorities said that 78 structures have been destroyed so far in the fire. Cal Fire said 9,236 structures remain threatened.Some evacuation orders reducedSome residents in the community of Georgetown in El Dorado County were allowed to return home on Friday. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office reduced the evacuation order, a lawful mandate to leave immediately, to an evacuation warning, which is a recommendation to be ready to leave in case wildfire activity becomes threatening. For evacuated residents, a drop from order to warning is also a green light for them to begin repopulating. Evacuation orders were reduced for the area west of Wentworth Springs Road at Citabria Lane, north of Greenwood Road and Graybar Mine Road. Also included is east of Highway 193 at Sliger Mine Road, and south of Bottle Hill Road and Snow Cap Road. The reduced orders do not include Sliger Mine Road north of Loriel Drive and Spanish Dry Diggins Road north of Odyssey Falls Drive.Georgetown is about 18 miles north of Placerville and about 19 miles east of Auburn. 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 County 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 earlier this week 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. Foresthill students take classes in AuburnHigh school is tough enough without students having to worry about their town or school burning in a massive wildfire.Yet, for 200 Foresthill High School students, they are now taking classes at Placer High in Auburn while the town of Foresthill remains under an evacuation order because of the Mosquito Fire.”The first few days, I wasn’t able to focus because the fire kept getting closer and closer to our town,” said Foresthill sophomore Bryce Dowling. Full story here. Foresthill resident who didn’t evacuate recalls terrifying flare-upMitch Griffith has lived in the town of Foresthill in Placer County for the last 22 years.He is also one of the residents who chose to stay put when mandatory evacuations were issued for his home when the Mosquito Fire began threatening that area.“Tuesday morning was a great morning,” Griffith said. “It was beautiful. Everything was great, and then this fire jumped up.” Full story here.El Dorado County and Placer County residents can check if their home is destroyedResidents in El Dorado and Placer counties can check if their homes have been damaged, destroyed, or still intact.The sheriff’s offices for both counties released their own respective interactive maps that let 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.View the El Dorado County map below. App users, click here.View the Placer County 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

Crews expect gusty winds on Saturday to complicate efforts on the eastern flank of the Mosquito Fire, with the state’s firefighting agency predicting the potential for more spot fires that could jump containment lines. Officials hope forecast rain will slow the fire’s growth.

The fire has burned at least 71,292 acres and is 21% contained as of early Saturday morning. Containment is a measure of the perimeter crews have established to prevent the spread of a wildfire.

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Battling the Blaze

Firefighters worked to secure control lines on Saturday in preparation for wind gusts of up to 25 mph Saturday afternoon along ridges, Cal Fire said in a morning report.

“It’s very erratic up here and that has to do w the drainages that go in various directions that are funneling the wind,” a public information officer for the Mosquito Fire told KCRA 3 on Saturday.

Still, crews have reported progress on the west and north side of the fire, while growth has also slowed on the southeast corner of the fire as it burns into the King Fire scar, Cal Fire said.

While wind is a concern on Saturday, rainfall is expected to arrive early Sunday and last through Wednesday, which could slow the fire’s growth. But is not expected to be a “season-ending event,” Cal Fire said.

Meanwhile, authorities said that 78 structures have been destroyed so far in the fire. Cal Fire said 9,236 structures remain threatened.

Some evacuation orders reduced

Some residents in the community of Georgetown in El Dorado County were allowed to return home on Friday. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office reduced the evacuation order, a lawful mandate to leave immediately, to an evacuation warning, which is a recommendation to be ready to leave in case wildfire activity becomes threatening. For evacuated residents, a drop from order to warning is also a green light for them to begin repopulating.

Evacuation orders were reduced for the area west of Wentworth Springs Road at Citabria Lane, north of Greenwood Road and Graybar Mine Road. Also included is east of Highway 193 at Sliger Mine Road, and south of Bottle Hill Road and Snow Cap Road.

The reduced orders do not include Sliger Mine Road north of Loriel Drive and Spanish Dry Diggins Road north of Odyssey Falls Drive.

Georgetown is about 18 miles north of Placerville and about 19 miles east of Auburn.

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.

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Animal evacuation centers

Placer County

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 earlier this week 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.

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Foresthill students take classes in Auburn

High school is tough enough without students having to worry about their town or school burning in a massive wildfire.

Yet, for 200 Foresthill High School students, they are now taking classes at Placer High in Auburn while the town of Foresthill remains under an evacuation order because of the Mosquito Fire.

“The first few days, I wasn’t able to focus because the fire kept getting closer and closer to our town,” said Foresthill sophomore Bryce Dowling. Full story here.

Foresthill resident who didn’t evacuate recalls terrifying flare-up

Mitch Griffith has lived in the town of Foresthill in Placer County for the last 22 years.

He is also one of the residents who chose to stay put when mandatory evacuations were issued for his home when the Mosquito Fire began threatening that area.

“Tuesday morning was a great morning,” Griffith said. “It was beautiful. Everything was great, and then this fire jumped up.” Full story here.

El Dorado County and Placer County residents can check if their home is destroyed

Residents in El Dorado and Placer counties can check if their homes have been damaged, destroyed, or still intact.

The sheriff’s offices for both counties released their own respective interactive maps that let 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.

View the El Dorado County map below. App users, click here.

View the Placer County 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.

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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

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