facebook tracking pixel Monday update: Golden Fire 100% contained (VIDEO) | TheUnion.com

Monday update: Golden Fire 100% contained (VIDEO)

Cause of fire remains under investigation

A Type 1 air tanker makes a large retardant drop along a line of the Golden Fire Friday, off Highway 49, south of Camptonville in Yuba County.
Photo: Elias Funez

UPDATE at 11:37 a.m. Monday

The Golden Fire is 100% contained as of 6 p.m. Sunday, Jamie Hinrichs, public affairs specialist with Tahoe National Forest, said Monday.

The cause remains under investigation.

UPDATE at 7:15 a.m. Sunday

From Tahoe National Forest:

The 20-acre Golden Fire is now 90% contained with 100% containment expected to be reached on Sunday. Cause of fire is under investigation. No structures were lost.

Location is approx. 2 miles, SW of Camptonville, CA

UPDATE at 8:07 a.m. Saturday

From Tahoe National Forest:

Tahoe National Forest Golden Fire Incident Commander Battalion 31 Grahm Rice who had command of the Golden Fire all day reports that the fire is 50% contained and is now in the mop-up stage.

UPDATE at 6 p.m. Friday

The Golden Fire — a Friday wildfire that burned 25 acres of vegetation south of Camptonville — was at 20% containment Friday afternoon.

The fire began Friday morning in the area of Celestial Valley and Ridge Road, east of Highway 49.

According to Tahoe National Forest officials, the fire is under investigation and no structure loss has been reported. The area just north of the Nevada County line, in Yuba County along Highway 49, had been under an evacuation order. That order was rescinded Friday afternoon.

Highway 49, between Ridge and Marysville roads, remained closed Friday.

People can find their evacuation zone at community.zonehaven.com.

A Cal Fire firefighter approaches a burning spot before extinguishing it Friday off Highway 49 in Yuba County, where a fire burned 25 acres.
Photo: Elias Funez

“If they can hold this line, then they won’t need to evacuate the area of Moonshine Road,” California Highway Patrol Commander John Pinoli said from the scene along Highway 49, where traffic had been diverted to allow for firefighting personnel to work.

Water tenders, trucks, and engines could all be seen providing water and support to the many firefighters that worked the heel and the head of the fire.


By 12:30 p.m. firefighters had stopped the forward progress of the fire and continued to bolster containment lines.

“Fire crews have secured the heel of the fire, where the fire started,” a Tahoe National Forest release states. “On the eastside of Highway 49, the flames have been knocked down and containment line is being built. On the westside of Highway 49, airtankers dropped retardant creating a retardant line to slow the fire spread around the head of the fire, allowing firefighters to engage and build direct containment line. Forward progress of the fire has been stopped and crews are continuing work to advance containment line around the fire. Additional resources are arriving to aid in the effort. The public is asked to please stay clear of area to allow for firefighting operations and ensure public safety.”

Nevada City-based Cal Fire firefighter uses a hose to help tamp down the Golden Fire, which burned 25 acres just south of Camptonville Friday morning before forward progress could be stopped. No structures were reported to have been lost and the fire was reported as 20% contained by Friday afternoon.
Elias Funez

Two fire prevention patrols, two Forest Service law enforcement officers, two dozers, three handcrews, one hotshot crew, 16 engines, three water tenders, four helicopters, six air tankers, and multiple air attack planes worked the Golden Fire on Friday.

Evacuation centers have been set up at Alcouffe Community Center, 9185 Marysville Road, Oregon House; and the Madelyn Helling Library, 989 Helling Way, Nevada City.

To contact Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez, email efunez@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230

A pair of firefighters head down a steep line, cut by a hand crew before them, to help extinguish burning spots alongside Highway 49.
Photo: Elias Funez

Update 3:27 p.m.:

From CHP:

Highway 49 is closed between Ridge Road and Marysville Road; traffic to Camptonville/Downieville/Sierra City should use Marysville Road to Hwy 49. There is no estimate of reopening.

BE ALERT for our hard working fire crews in the roadway!

Update 12:40 p.m.:

Forward progress of the Golden Fire, burning in Camptonville, has been stopped, according to a tweet from the Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit.

The fire has burned 25 acres as of 12:40 p.m.

Update 11:10 a.m.:

Initially posted:

A Friday morning structure fire in Yuba County has crossed the highway as firefighters battle the 12-acre blaze that’s destroyed one home, authorities said.

An evacuation order is in effect for the Celestial Valley and Ridge road area. An evacuation warning is in effect for the area west of that location, reports state.

Highway 49 is closed between Marysville and Ridge roads.

The fire was not contained as of 10:30 a.m.

The fire started around 7:15 a.m. in the area of Celestial Valley and Ridge roads in Yuba County, just north of the Nevada County line, said Jamie Hinrichs, public affairs specialist with the Tahoe National Forest.

“It started as a structure fire,” she added. “There’s one structure that’s been destroyed.”

Hinrichs has no reports of anyone being injured at this time.

Multiple agencies are on the ground, including the national forest and Cal Fire. Two additional tankers were requested around 10:10 a.m., Hinrichs said.

“Air resources have been ordered,” she added.

A Friday morning structure fire in Yuba County has crossed the highway as firefighters battle the 12-acre blaze that’s destroyed one home, authorities said.
Elias Funez
Image courtesy AlertWildfire.org


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User