Lobo Fire progresses: 880 acres, 23% contained, 30-40 damaged or destroyed structures; McCourtney Fire at 200 acres, forward progress stopped (VIDEO) | TheUnion.com

Lobo Fire maintains at 821 acres, 100% contained (VIDEO)

The Union staff

Video footage The Union’s Elias Funez put together after spending Monday out on site at the Lobo Fire.

UPDATE: 7:40 a.m. Thursday

Lobo Fire

Acres Burned – Containment: 821 acres – 100% contained

Cooperating Agencies: Nevada County Sheriff's Office, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Yuba County Sheriff's Office, Cal OES, Red Cross, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, PG & E, California Department of Transportation and Nevada Irrigation District.

Conditions: Mop up and patrol continues as hose is pulled from the burn area. Firefighters improved containment line on both the Cascade and LaPorte fires while increasing line on the Lobo fire.

Anyone needing information for recovery please contact your county OES office.
Butte County (530) 538-7373
Yuba County (530) 749-7520
Nevada County (530) 265-1515
Butte County residents can call the Fire Assistance Center (530) 538-7473 starting Monday, October 16th.

CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 has transitioned the fires within the Wind Complex back to the local CAL FIRE Unit.

UPDATE: 11 a.m. Wednesday:

Lobo Fire

Location: near Lone Lobo Trail, Rough and Ready

Acres Burned – Containment: 821 acres – 99% contained

Cooperating Agencies: Nevada County Sheriff's Office, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Yuba County Sheriff's Office, Cal OES, Red Cross, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, PG & E, California Department of Transportation and Nevada Irrigation District.

Conditions: Mop up and patrol continues as hose is pulled from the burn area. Firefighters improved containment line on both the Cascade and LaPorte fires while increasing line on the Lobo fire.

Anyone needing information for recovery please contact your county OES office.
Butte County (530) 538-7373
Yuba County (530) 749-7520
Nevada County (530) 265-1515
Butte County residents can call the Fire Assistance Center (530) 538-7473 starting Monday, October 16th.

UPDATE: 9 a.m. Tuesday:

Lobo Fire

Location: near Lone Lobo Trail, Rough and Ready

Acres Burned – Containment: 821 acres – 97% contained

Cooperating Agencies: Nevada County Sheriff's Office, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Yuba County Sheriff's Office, Cal OES, Red Cross, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, PG & E, California Department of Transportation and Nevada Irrigation District.

Conditions: Patrol of the burn area, mop up and suppression repair continues. Residents should watch for fire and utility equipment throughout the burn area.

Anyone needing information for recovery please contact your county OES office.
Butte County (530) 538-7373
Yuba County (530) 749-7520
Nevada County (530) 265-1515
Butte County residents can call the Fire Assistance Center (530) 538-7473 starting Monday, October 16th.

CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 has transitioned the fires within the Wind Complex back to the local CAL FIRE Unit.

UPDATE: 8 a.m. Monday:

Lobo Fire

Location: near Lone Lobo Trail, Rough and Ready

Acres Burned – Containment: 821 acres – 97% contained

Evacuations: 10/15/2017 @ 12 p.m.: All Evacuation Warnings have been lifted. All evacuation shelters are now closed. All animal evacuation shelters are now closed.

Cooperating Agencies: Nevada County Sheriff's Office, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Yuba County Sheriff's Office, Cal OES, Red Cross, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, PG & E, California Department of Transportation and Nevada Irrigation District.

Conditions: Anyone needing information for recovery please contact your county OES office.
Butte County (530) 538-7373
Yuba County (530) 749-7520
Nevada County (530) 265-1515
Butte County residents can call the Fire Assistance Center (530) 538-7473 starting Monday, October 16th.

CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 will transition the fires within the Wind Complex to the local Units tomorrow and this will be the final update.

UPDATE: 10 a.m. Sunday:

Lobo Fire

Acres Burned – Containment: 821 acres – 96% contained

A Red Flag warning in effect for late tonight through Sunday morning. Firefighters will continue to monitor conditions. Damage Inspection Teams have finished their assessments.

Anyone needing information for recovery please contact your county OES office.
Butte County (530) 538-7373
Yuba County (530) 749-7520
Nevada County (530) 265-1515

Due to utility repair, continued mop up and suppression repair there are evacuation warnings still in place. Please use caution when driving in these areas.

McCourtney Fire is 100% contained.

UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. Saturday:

Lobo Fire: Despite fears of high winds and unfavorable conditions, the Lobo Fire has stagnated at 821 acres and is currently 93 percent contained. Firefighters aren’t relaxing, however, as conditions remain bad in terms of fire danger.

McCourtney Fire: The McCourtney Fire is 100 percent contained, having burned 76 acres.

UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Friday:

Lobo Fire: Acres Burned – Containment: 821 acres – 65% contained

Cooperating Agencies: Nevada County Sheriff's Office, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Yuba County Sheriff's Office, Cal OES, Red Cross, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, PG & E, California Department of Transportation and Nevada Irrigation District.

Conditions:The total acreage reflects more accurate mapping. Firefighters continued to improve containment lines overnight. Steep terrain and heavy brush continue to pose a challenge. Damage Inspection Teams are continuing their assessments. Changes in damaged and destroyed structures along with the type of structures involved will be reflected in incident updates as the inspection teams confirm their findings.

Use caution when in the fire area as utility companies continue their repairs to infrastructure that was damaged due to the fire.

McCourtney Fire: Acres Burned – Containment: 76 acres – 95% contained

Conditions:The total acreage reflects more accurate mapping. Firefighters continued to improve containment lines overnight. Steep terrain and heavy brush continue to pose a challenge. Damage Inspection Teams are continuing their assessments. Changes in damaged and destroyed structures along with the type of structures involved will be reflected in incident updates as the inspection teams confirm their findings.

Use caution when in the fire area as utility companies continue their repairs to infrastructure that was damaged due to the fire.

UPDATE: 12 p.m.

 

UPDATE: 7:50 a.m., Thursday:

Lobo Fire: Acres Burned – Containment: 829 acres – 52% contained

Cooperating Agencies: Nevada County Sheriff's Office, Butte County Sheriff's Office, Yuba County Sheriff's Office, Cal OES, Red Cross, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, PG & E, California Department of Transportation and Nevada Irrigation District.

Conditions: Firefighters continued to maintain containment lines today. Steep terrain and heavy brush continue to pose a challenge. Predicted red flag warnings will continue to change in wind direction over the fire area. Damage Inspection Teams have arrived at the incident and have initiated their assessments. Changes in damaged and destroyed structures along with the type of structures involved will be reflected in incident updates as the inspection teams confirm their findings.

McCourtney Fire: Acres Burned – Containment: 76 acres – 89% contained

Conditions: Firefighters continued to maintain containment lines today. Steep terrain and heavy brush continue to pose a challenge. Predicted red flag warnings will continue to change in wind direction over the fire area. Damage Inspection Teams have arrived at the incident and have initiated their assessments. Changes in damaged and destroyed structures along with the type of structures involved will be reflected in incident updates as the inspection teams confirm their findings.

See the latest Incident Update for current evacuations and road closures.

UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday:

Lobo Fire

Acres Burned – Containment: 857 acres – 30% contained

Evacuations may be for multiple fires:

Evacuation Orders are in place for all areas south of Bitney Springs Rd. from Beitler Rd. to Empress Rd. All areas west of Bitney Springs Rd. from Empress Rd. to Rough and Ready Hwy. All areas north of Rough and Ready Hwy from North Ponderosa Way to Rough and Ready Rd. All areas east of Beitler Rd. from Bitney Springs Rd. to Hwy 20 including the Empty Diggins Ln. area. La Porte Rd. from Pleasant Grove Ln. to Darby Rd. and all areas of Los Verjeles Rd. Oro Bangor Hwy from Avacado Rd. to the Bangor 4 Corners.

Evacuation Warnings are in place for all areas of Hwy 20 from Rough and Ready Hwy. to Sloping Oaks Rd. south to Angel Wing Lane and Oak Ridge Rd. at Ant Hill Rd. All areas west of Pleasant Valley Rd. to butte County Line from Bitney Springs Rd. to Hwy 20. The areas south of the following roads: Honcut Rd. at Fruitland Rd., Spring Valley at Marysville Rd., Smith Rd. at Loma Rica Rd., Peoria Rd. and Township Rd., Peoria Rd. at Bald Mountain Rd., Virginia Rd. at Smith Rd., La Porte Rd. at Pleasant Grove Ln., Honcut Rd. at La Porte Rd., Vierra Ln. at La Porte Rd., Marysville Rd. at Scott Grant Rd., Marysville Rd. at Willow Glenn Rd., La Porte Rd. at Darby Rd

All areas east to Collins Lake and the Yuba/Nevada County line, not including the Oregon House community are under evacuation orders.

Evacuated areas are continuously being evaluated for future repopulation.

The following schools will open today: Nevada Joint Union Grass Valley High School

Evacuation Centers: 
Yuba/Sutter Fairgrounds: 442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City (Animals and Residents)
Twin Cities Church: 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy., Grass Valley
First Baptist Church: 1866 Ridge Rd., Grass Valley
Nazarene Church: 2238 Monte Vista Ave., Oroville
Animal Shelter: Nevada Co. Fairgrounds: 11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley
Small Animal Shelter: The Old County Hospital: 2279 Del Oro Ave., Oroville
Large Animal Shelter: Camelot Equestrian Park: 1985 Clark Road, Oroville

UPDATE: 7:15 p.m. Tuesday: According to the most recent update from Cal Fire, Nevada Joint Union schools will open again tomorrow (Wednesday)

UPDATE: 7:00 p.m.: From an email sent to Grass Valley School District folks:

Hello, this is Eric Fredrickson, Superintendent of the Grass Valley School District. I’m contacting Grass Valley School District staff and families to let you know that all schools and programs in our district will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11th. If things change over night, you will be contacted in the morning, but as of now our district plans to have all schools and programs open.

Thank you

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.: The latest from Cal Fire: The Lobo Fire remains at 880 acres but is now 30 percent contained. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Lake Wildwood remains under evacuation advisement but the evacuation requirement has been lifted.

The McCourtney Fire is 65 percent contained and holding steady at 72 acres.

The Garden Fire in south county near Wolf Road was contained at 10 acres.

The Cascade Fire, north of Collins Lake in Yuba County, is 20 percent contained and has burned 11,685 acres.

The LaPorte Fire, near Bangor and north of the Cascade Fire, is 15 percent contained and has burned 3,700 acres.

UPDATE: 5 p.m.: Fire evacuation map has been updated. It includes advisories for Wolf Road fire. Evacuation has been lifted for Garden Fire.

For more fire coverage go to The Union Now. 

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m.: 

UPDATE: 12:45 p.m.: 

Lobo Fire is currently reported at 880 acres at 23% containment. McCourtney Fire is currently at 72 acres at 60% containment.  We have reports of approximately 50 structures destroyed by the two fires.

The two fires in Nevada County: Lobo Fire and McCourtney Fire are now being referred to as one incident called the Windy Complex which has caused 7000 residents to be evacuated from their homes.

The County Office of Emergency Services opened the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) early Monday morning and is operating two emergency shelters in partnership with the Red Cross at the First Baptist and Twin Cities Churches for evacuees and an animal shelter at the Fairgrounds.

Our Emergency Operations Center will provide information on the addresses of destroyed homes as soon as it is provided by CalFire and will be setting up ongoing resources to assist residents who lost their homes in the fires.

UPDATE: 12:25 p.m.: Lake Wildwood Evacuation Update 

Nevada County- The evacuation order for the Community of Lake Wildwood has been reduced to a evacuation advisory and residents are allowed to reenter. All other evacuation orders remain in place.

When entering the area, please be cautious of emergency equipment and personnel as they are operating in and around the area. For more info go here.

UPDATE: 12:20 p.m.: Waste Management of Nevada County resumed normal collection schedules Tuesday and rescheduled missed Monday service to Saturday.

Customers can dispose of excess trash in dumpsters Waste Management will deliver to four locations in the areas where service was interrupted. Those locations include:

  • 10592 Spencerville Road (Future home of the Penn Valley Community Center)
  • Park and Ride at the intersection of Rough and Ready Highway and Highway 20
  • 10161 Commercial Avenue (Commercial Avenue Shopping Center in Penn Valley)
  • Nevada County Fairgrounds
McCourtney Road Transfer Station also returned to normal operations Tuesday and will be open to the public as regularly scheduled. Waste Management was forced to suspend service Monday after two wildfires forced evacuations in the county. This suspension of service affected roughly 4,000 customers in Penn Valley, Rough Ready, Lake Wildwood and Smartsville.

Customers can check for updates on service interruptions by calling Waste Management of Nevada County's service hotline at (855) 963-2273 or visiting nevadacounty.wm.com.

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m.: Via Nevada County Public Works: Effective October 10, 2017, Gold Country Stage Route 6 to Penn Valley is currently operating a normal schedule with the exception of the Wildwood Center stop which is currently not being serviced due to access issues during the Lobo Fire. Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider's Guide, at www.goldcountrystage.com or call the office 530-477-0103 x 0 for travel planning information. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience.

UPDATE: 9:40 a.m. : Evacuation map for Lobo and McCourtney fires updated.

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.: Sheriff said to his team’s knowledge #LoboFire did not actually get into the Lake Wildwood residential area. Work being done to continue knocking down the fire, for fear of winds kicking back up.

UPDATE: 8 a.m.: Sierra College Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley will remain closed today for all day and evening classes due to continued fire danger, evacuations, and road closures. The Rocklin, Roseville, and Truckee campuses remain open. For more fire coverage go to The Union Now. 

UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Tuesday: Lobo Fire is currently at 880 acres and 23 percent contained via Cal Fire website. No school for Grass Valley school and Nevada Union high school districts. Nevada City school district schools will be open. Deer Creek, Seven Hills, Nevada City Charter and Club Preschool. For more fire coverage go to The Union Now. 

UPDATE: 7 p.m., Monday The Lobo Fire is now 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire PIO Mary Eldridge. For more fire coverage go to The Union Now. 

UPDATE: 5:58 p.m. The Lobo Fire is now at 900 acres, still 0 percent contained, according to Cal Fire PIO Mary Eldridge. For more fire coverage go to The Union Now. 

UPDATE: 2:55 p.m. Via Sierra College spokesperson Sue Michaels, Sierra College Nevada County Campus, which was closed during day classes due to today’s fire, will also be closed for night classes. Michaels said the campus will reassess the fire situation tomorrow morning to decide on tomorrow’s schedule. For more fire coverage go to The Union Now. 

UPDATE: 2:35 p.m. The Lobo Fire is currently progressing at 700 acres and 0 percent contained, according to Cal Fire PIO Bryce Bennett. There are 8,000 residents that have been evacuated from the areas of Lake Wildwood and Rough and Ready. While 30-40 structures have been reported either damaged or destroyed by the blaze.

UPDATE: 2:05 p.m. Sierra College Board of Trustees reschedules meeting at Rocklin Campus due to fire: Due to the fires in Nevada County,  in order to protect the safety of staff, students, and the community, the Board of Trustees  meeting that was previously scheduled to be held at the Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley tomorrow, October 10th, will be moved to the Rocklin campus.  The Board meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the Board Room (LR 133) on the Rocklin Campus located at 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin. For more information, contact PIO, Sue Michaels at: 530-613-3753

UPDATE: 2 p.m. Nevada County Fairgrounds will be the command post and fire camp for Cal Fire; Animal Evacuation Center for the Lobo and McCourtney fires. For more on this see the story here.

UPDATE: 1 p.m.

Courtesy of Mike Dobbins. Helicopter retrieves water form the lake to battle Lobo Fire.

UPDATE: 12:20 p.m.: Evacuation advisory has expanded for areas near the Lobo Fire. For more fire coverage go to The Union Now. 

UPDATE: 11:40 a.m.- Evacuation map has been updated for Lobo and McCourtney fires. For more fire coverage go to The Union Now.

Firefighters out doing their job. Shot of retardant being dumped on the Lobo Fire this morning:

Retardant being dropped on the Lobo Fire this morning.

UPDATE: 11:15 a.m.: #LoboFire [update] near Lone Lobo Trail, Rough and Ready (Nevada County) is now 700 acres. Evacuations in effect.

UPDATE: 11 a.m.: Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency due to Northern California wildfires currently burning throughout the state. For more on local fire coverage go to The Union Now.

UPDATE: 10:20p.m.: Evacuation areas have been updated.

UPDATE: 9:44 p.m. Peace church open for evacuees: Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley is open for evacuees from the fires in western Nevada County. Peace is at 828 W. Main St., near Lyman Gilmore School. The parking area has room for trailers. A large kitchen and showers are available. Call (530) 273-9631 for more information.

UPDATE: (9:30 a.m.) (update) Lone Loba Trail Penn Valley, Nevada County. Evacuation Center Ready Springs School. Horses go to Nevada Co Fairgrounds.

UPDATE (9 a.m.)

UPDATE (7:46 a.m.) — Aftermath of McCourtney Fire near Polaris Drive. Staff Writer Liz Kellar reports one house and one residential trailer destroyed.

UPDATE (7:28 a.m.) — Updated evacuation map for Lobo Fire released by Nevada County OES .

UPDATE (7:13 a.m.) — Dr. Louise Johnson posted via Facebook: Due to transportation interruption and evacuations because of the Lobo and McCourtney fires, all schools in the Nevada Joint Union High School District are closed today, October 9, 2017. We will update you as we know more. Be safe and take care of your families.

UPDATE (7:11 a.m.) — Grass Valley Police reports Grass Valley and Nevada City school will be closed due to the fires.

UPDATE (7:07 a.m.) — Cal Fire NEU estimates acres burnt by Lobo Fire to be at 500 with 0% containment. Between 7,000-8,000 homes threatened. Lake Wildwood evacuated.

UPDATE: Two major fires burning in western Nevada County. The Lobo Fire has burned through hundreds of acres in the Bitney Springs Road, Rough and Ready and Penn Valley areas, with evacuations ordered throughout — including Lake Wildwood. The McCourtney Fire has burned through an estimated 300 acres south of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Stay up to the minute with our live scanner coverage at The Union NOW.

UPDATE: (from Nevada County Sheriff’s Office): McCourtney Fire Update: The fire is approximately 300 acres with multiple homes threatened. The east side of the fire is along Auburn Rd., with the west side of the fire at at McCourtney Rd. The fire goes north in the area of Orion Rd. and Bonnie View Way. The fire is just south of Polaris with active fires near Scotts Dr. off of Thoroughbred Loop. The fire is currently heading south towards Hidden Valley.

Thank you to Grass Valley Police Department for assisting us with the incident (and other calls for service) and good luck to CAL FIRE, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Penn Valley Fire Protection District, Peardale Chicago Park Fire and any other fire department being deployed to the area.

There are also major fires in Butte County and Yuba County. Good luck to those areas and we hope everybody stays safe. Evacuation Shelter is set up at First Baptist Church at 1866 Ridge Rd. in Grass Valley, CA across from Nevada Union High School.

UPDATE: 1:15 a.m. — Fires whipped by high winds were burning in multiple areas just outside Grass Valley as of 1 a.m. Monday.

One fire that started off McCourtney Road near the fairgrounds at approximately 11:45 p.m. Sunday is prompting multiple evacuations.

The fire was initially reported on Orion Way and was spreading quickly with several structures reported to be on fire.

At about 12:30 a.m., a large tree was reported to have fallen across Indian Springs Road near Spenceville Road, blocking that route for potential evacuations. Polaris Drive, Paddock Lane and Allison Ditch Road were being evacuated as of 1:15 a.m., with multiple law enforcement officers going door to door in some places.

An evacuation center was expected to be opened at First Baptist Church across from Nevada Union High School, at 1866 Ridge Road.

Check back with The Union NOW for most recent updates.

Off Polaris Drive (John Hart photo)

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