Bridge Fire: Blaze now at 411 acres, 15% contained |

Bridge Fire: Blaze now at 411 acres, 15% contained

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UPDATE at 7 p.m. Monday

From Cal Fire: A few hot spots remained visible on the Bridge Fire today, but were located well within the interior of the current fire perimeter. Firefighters efforts focused on mop up of these hot spots on all portions of the fire. Additionally, fire personnel worked to improve and build containment lines, resulting in the increased containment.

The evacuation orders and evacuation warnings have been lifted in all areas of the fire. However, the Auburn State Recreation Area remains closed.

Foresthill Road has also reopened, and to ensure safety of fire personnel, a temporary speed limit of 25 mph from Lincoln Way to Upper Lake Clementine is in place. Stopping, parking, or loitering is not permissible on Foresthill Road. Old Foresthill Road from Highway 49 to Foresthill Road remains closed.

Full containment is expected Sept. 15.

UPDATE at 5:30 p.m. Monday

From Cal Fire: Evacuation orders and warnings have now been lifted in the Lake Clementine Zone, the Applegate Zone, and the Clipper Gate Zone. The Auburn State Recreation Area is still closed until further notice. Foresthill Road is now mostly open between Lincoln Way and Upper Lake Clementine, while Old Foresthill Road remains closed between Highway 49 and Foresthill Road.

UPDATE at 9:44 a.m. Monday

From Cal Fire: Overnight, crews conducted firing operations around the fire to improve line construction. Today, personnel will continue to construct direct line where needed and monitor for spot fires across existing line, specifically in the American River Canyon drainage. Additionally, a priority is mop up of the fire close to the existing line to remove unburnt fuel between the fire and the line.

Residents of the Foresthill community will be escorted by law enforcement on Foresthill Road subject to fire conditions, which could lead to the closure of Foresthill Road.

UPDATE at 7:10 a.m. Monday

The Bridge fire is at 300 acres and 5% contained.

UPDATE at 9:34 p.m. Sunday

From State Parks: Auburn State Recreation Area is temporarily closed due to the #BridgeFire. Closure includes the areas of Lake Clementine (Upper/Lower), Ruckachucky/ Drivers Flat Road, Mammoth Bar, China Bar, Cherokee Bar, Ponderosa Road and Confluence. Please avoid the area.

UPDATE at 8:10 p.m. Sunday

From Cal Fire: Holding at approximately 250 acres. No evacuations in Foresthill. Fire burned from the River up to the Foresthill Bridge in the Auburn SRA near the city of Auburn in Placer County. On the south side 150 acres on north side 100 plus acres.

UPDATE at 7 p.m. Sunday

From Placer County sheriff: There are new areas under Evacuation Order as well as Evacuation Warning. Please click here to access the interactive map.

UPDATE at 6:06 p.m. Sunday

From Cal Fire: 200 acres. Zero containment. Foresthill Bridge in the Auburn State Recreation Area near the city of Auburn in Placer County. The fire is spotting across Foresthill Road road. On the south side 120 acres on north side 80 plus acres. Evacuations continue.

UPDATE at 4:24 p.m. Sunday

From Placer County Sheriff’s Office: Old Foresthill Rd is now closed as well as Foresthill Rd. If you are in Foresthill DO NOT try to drive to Auburn.

From Auburn police: Officers are assisting allied agencies with the fire in Foresthill. There is currently no threat of the fire to the City of Auburn as it is traveling east of the Foresthill Bridge. Please avoid the river grade and the Foresthill bridge. In the meantime if you have not already, sign up for the everbridge mass notification alert at:

UPDATE at 4:22 p.m. Sunday

The Bridge Fire has grown to 100 acres — 60 acres north of forest hill road and 40 acres south, said Cal Fire Public Information Officer Mary Eldridge.

Initially posted

A fire that started near Foresthill Bridge in Auburn had burned approximately 30 acres and was zero percent contained as of 3:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities say

The blaze, which officials are calling the Bridge Fire, started just before 1 p.m., and within about two hours had already spread to 15 acres in the Forest Hill area, according to Cal Fire’s incident website. Soon, the fire reached 30 acres — burning around 20 acres on the south side of Foresthill Road, and 10 acres on the north side, after a spot fire jumped the road to the opposite side of the original blaze, according to a social media post by Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit.

No residences or neighborhoods were believed threatened as of 3:30 p.m., but the fire’s proximity to Lake Clementine caused authorities to evacuate all visitors around the shores of both Upper and Lower Lake Clementine, according to Lt. Nelson Resendes, with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Any visitors already on the lake should shelter in place and stay put, making sure to listen to further instructions from authorities, Resendes said.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Smoke coming from a spot fire, caused by the Bridge Fire, near the Forest Hill area
Submitted by Dan Schricker

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