COLFAX (CBS13) – The latest on the burning river fire near Colfax:
Further evacuation orders and warnings were lifted on Friday evening as firefighters were able to mitigate the spread of the river blaze.
According to Cal Fire, mandatory evacuations have been lifted for the following areas of Nevada County:
- NCO-E178: Sunshine Valley Rd., Old Coach Way – All and north of Old Coach Way, east of Woodpecker Ravine, south and west of Lower Colfax Rd.
- NCO-E180: Orchard Springs and Bear River Pines – south of Greenhorn Access Rd., West of Rollins Lake, north of Bear River, east of Highway 174.
- NCO-E386: Powerline Rd., Talking Pines Rd., Panorama Dr.-The east side of the Colfax Freeway south of Bertino Rd. The west side of Lower Colfax Rd. South of Panorama Dr., north of the office Chicago Park Post Office.
The following areas of the county remain under evacuation order:
- NCO-E050: Dog bar path. (Central); Mount Olive Rd. (Western) -North of Buck Ridge Rd .; Chien Bar Rd. And East; south of Rattlesnake and Birch Meadow Acres; West of Clydesdale Road.
- NCO-E102: Sierra Knoll Estates; Dog Bar (South) – North of Retherford Rd .; Sierra Knoll Estates and East; South of Taylor Crossing Road; West of the Bear River (county line)
- NCO-E103: Mont Olive (East) – North and South of the mountains. Olive Rd., West of Highway 174, north of Bear River, east of Olive Mountain, including Rolphholm Rd. And Clydesdale Road.
In Placer County, the following areas are still subject to mandatory evacuation orders:
- Zone 1: Railway track west of the river. Mount. Howell Road north to
Ben Taylor Road
- Zone 2: Rollins Lake Road west to the river. Ben Taylor Road north to
- Zone 3: Town of Colfax, west of I 80
Some evacuation warnings have now been lifted in Nevada and Placer counties.
According to Cal Fire, the warnings were lifted in the following areas:
• Zone 4: Railway track west of the river, west of Weimar Cross Rd. North to Dogbar Road.
• Zone 5: East of I 80 to Rollins Lake, North to Secret Town Nevada County https://community.zonehaven.com/
• NCO-E048: Alta Sierra Country Club; Brewer Road. (North); Fay Rd., Carrie Dr., Rainbow Rd. – North of Wolf Creek; Annie Drive and West; South Alta Sierra Dr .; West of Dog Bar and Norvin Way
• NCO-E163: Brewer Road. (From South); Mount Buck; Lodestar Dr. – North of Conestoga Dr .; Brewer Road. and is; South of Clover Valley and Norvin Way; West of Dog Bar Road.
• NCO-E179: Peardale, (Center) Lower Colfax, Dalmatian – South and West of Route 174, North of Sunshine Valley and Panorama Dr., East of Woodpecker Ravine
• NCO-E181: Sontag; You bet Rd. (Western); Greenhorn access road; Lost lake path. (South) – East of Hwy 174, north and south of You Bet Rd., West of Greenhorn Creek and north of Greenhorn Access Rd.
• NCO-E187: You bet Rd. (East and South) – South of You Bet Road, West of Steep Hollow Creek, North of Bear River and Rollins Reservoir, East of Little Green Creek Horn.
• NCO-E192: Woodpecker Ravine, Casa Loma Drive, Southern Rattlesnake Rd., Goodall Mine Rd.-South of Highland Dr., Wes Woodpecker Ravine, North of Oak Meadows, East of Rattlesnake Rd.
The confinement is reinforced in front of the Fire River.
On Friday morning, Cal Fire reported that the wildfire near Colfax remained at 2,600 acres – the number it was Thursday night. Containment has gone from 15% to 30%.
A total of 88 structures were destroyed in the fire.
Full containment is now expected by August 14, according to Cal Fire.
Several evacuation orders remain in effect.
The previous day’s updates below:
At least three injured have been reported in the river fire. Cal Fire said two civilians and a firefighter sustained minor injuries.
The fire grew to burn 2,600 acres and was 15% contained. Cal Fire said 76 structures were completely destroyed, including several houses. 20 other structures were damaged. About 3,400 other structures are threatened by the flames.
After the fire escalated on Wednesday, Cal Fire said cooler temperatures on Thursday allowed them to make good progress in building containment lines. Crews will work through the night to strengthen those containment lines, although the agency warns that rising temperatures on Friday could increase the behavior of the fires.
Thursday evening, 858 firefighters were on mission.
The Nevada County Emergency Services Office says a total of 4,298 residents in their area are under evacuation orders. 5,375 other residents are subject to evacuation warnings.
In Placer County, authorities say about 2,400 residents are under evacuation orders.
FEMA has authorized federal funds to help in the battle against the River Fire.
The move provides federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs, according to the agency. This includes expenses such as field camps and the use of equipment for firefighters.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said officials also activated the State Operations Center to coordinate the response to the fires.
Cal Fire says the Fire River expanded to 2,400 acres on Thursday morning.
No containment has been reported.
Firefighters say temperatures will be lower on Thursday, but winds remain a concern.
Several evacuation orders remain in effect. Go here for the latest evacuation information: https://news.caloes.ca.gov/2021-river-fire-updates/
Here is the latest overview of the evacuation zones for #RiverFire:
– Dina Kupfer (@DinaKupfer) August 5, 2021
The morning after the first day of the river fire reveals just how devastating the wildfire has been.
Off Mount Olive Road, three miles north of Colfax, burned houses and vehicles are clearly visible.
Embers are still burning in the area.
The wildfire quickly reached 1,000 acres on Wednesday, prompting numerous evacuation orders.
Governor Gavin Newsom commented on the fire on Twitter on Thursday.
“Thanking firefighters and first responders on the front lines for fighting #RiverFire. If you are in the area, please listen to warnings from local authorities and evacuate when requested. Stay safe, ”Newsom wrote.
Grateful for firefighters and frontline first responders battling the #RiverFire. If you are in the area, please listen to warnings from local authorities and evacuate when requested.
Be careful. https://t.co/zW63ULy24f
– Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 5, 2021
No updated issue of the fire has yet been released.
The previous day’s updates below:
About 35 to 40 structures, including houses, were destroyed by the fire. Cal Fire said about 4,000 structures are at risk, half of which are in the town of Colfax.
A resident tells me that she saw several houses burn down, including her own. She says her family barely had time to leave their home before the fire approached. #RiverFire @CBSSacramento pic.twitter.com/mefkKAdLsI
– Velena Jones (@velenajones) August 5, 2021
For information on the Placer County evacuation, click here. For more information on Nevada County Education, click here.
The Fire River has expanded to 1,400 acres with containment still at zero. The blaze is affecting Placer and Nevada counties and has resulted in evacuations in several areas. For residents of Nevada County, this website will show which areas are affected by evacuation orders.
Several houses were set on fire as the river fire exploded, although the exact number of damaged structures is unknown at this time.
The town of Colfax remains under evacuation. Several evacuation sites in Placer and Nevada counties have been set up. You can find more information about the evacuation below.
Additionally, the American Red Cross said two overnight shelters will be in place starting at 8 p.m. at Bear River High School at 11130 Magnolia Road in Grass Valley and at Auburn Regional Park at 3770 Richardson Drive in Auburn. . The temporary evacuation shelter at Auburn Memorial Hall is expected to close soon.
SHELTER UPDATE: Two overnight shelters will open at 8 p.m. in response to the #RiverFire: Bear River High School, 11130 Magnolia Road at #GrassValley and Auburn Regional Park, 3770 Richardson Drive in #Auburn.
The Auburn Memorial Hall temporary evacuation point will close soon.
– American Red Cross California Gold Country Region (@ARCGoldCountry) August 5, 2021
Cal Fire said the size of the Fire River exploded to 1,000 acres. Containment was still at zero.
Firefighters were working to protect the structure as flames from the Fire River jumped from a property line into a backyard and threatened several homes.
The blaze has now reportedly burned 500 acres and was still in zero containment.
Additional evacuation WARNINGS have been issued for zones NCO-E178, NCO-E386, NCO-E180, NCO-E181, NCO-E187. More information on https://t.co/x0UEl15gmO. pic.twitter.com/nDUJEeeBZE
– Nevada County OES (@NevCoOES) August 4, 2021
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said residents who are on an evacuation order can visit the Auburn Veterans Memorial Hall at 100 East Street, which is pet-friendly, or the Gold Country Fairgrounds. and Event Center at 209 Fairgate Road in Auburn, which accepts pets until 5:00 p.m.
Bear River High School at 11130 Magnolia Road in Grass Valley is being installed as a temporary evacuation point, Nevada County officials said.
Mandatory evacuation orders now apply to the following areas: Bear River Campground, Milk Ranch Road to Tokyana Road, north of Moorhaven Way from the river to Placer Hills Road, Placer Hills Road east to Bear River and Ben Taylor Road south along Placer Hills Road to Moorhaven Way.
The Nevada County Emergency Services Office announced Wednesday afternoon that the county fairground on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley is accepting pets from residents who are forced to evacuate.
The blaze, now dubbed the River Fire, which affects parts of Placer and Nevada counties, has so far burned 100 acres, according to Cal Fire. Containment was still at zero percent.
An evacuation order was issued from Bear River Campground on both sides of Milk Ranch Road in Tokyana Road due to a fire on Wednesday afternoon.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said it was also sending evacuation warnings to several residents just outside the immediate area.
A large plume of smoke can be seen coming from the area.
No further details of the wildfire have been released at this point.