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All evacuations lifted for the River Fire

Acres Burned: 2,619

Containment: 100%

Expected full containment: Friday, Aug. 13

Residential structures destroyed: 102

Commercial structures destroyed: 1

Other structures destroyed: 39

Structures damaged: 21

Structures threatened: zero

Civilian injuries: 2

Firefighter injuries: 2

Evacuation Maps: Nevada County Placer County

Map showing fire perimeter

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Source: Cal Fire

Update Monday afternoon:

All evacuations for the River Fire have been lifted in Nevada County and are reflected in evacuation maps for Nevada County at http://www.ReadyNevadaCounty.org/Zonehaven, a press release from the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services announced Monday. “

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office kept local roadblocks and evacuation orders in place to give the residents ample time to go in with the re-entry passes issued by the Sheriff’s Office last week, survey any damages, and secure any personal property before re-opening the evacuation areas burned by the River Fire,“ the release stated.

According to the release, the sheriff’s office still encourages the public to avoid the area unless necessary and to be cautious of remaining utility and fire crews in the area.



Those impacted by the River Fire are encouraged to find resources and next steps in the recovery process at http://www.ReadyNevadaCounty.org/RiverFireRecovery.

Update Saturday morning:

Ground resources and crews will continue tactical patrols around all areas.



Hot and dry weather continues at the fire location through the weekend. Winds continue to be mainly terrain driven, with this trend expected to continue into the weekend.

Update Thursday night:

Firefighters continued work to strengthen containment lines into the interior of the fire to check for any hot spots on the River Fire today. The fire remains at 2,619 acres and containment has increased to 95%.

A large number of hazard trees exist in fire area. Crews are working to remove hazard trees near roads and structures to facilitate the repopulation of residents in the fire area.

Ground resources and crews will continue tactical patrols around all areas of the fire while mopping up remaining hot spots.

Hot and dry weather continues at the fire location through tomorrow and the weekend. Winds continue to be mainly terrain driven, with this trend expected to continue into the weekend.

Update Thursday morning:

The River Fire is now at 90% containment, according to Cal Fire. The acreage has not changed since Sunday night, standing at 2,619 acres burned.

The number of residential structures destroyed has been updated to 102, with one commercial structure destroyed and 39 other structures destroyed, according to Cal Fire lasted incident report update. The report also states that 21 structures were damaged and another 578 remain threatened.

Update Wednesday morning:

A large number of hazard trees exist in fire area. Crews are working to remove hazard trees near roads and structures to facilitate the repopulation of residents in the fire area.

Firefighters continued work to strengthen containment lines around homes and move further into the interior of the fire to check for any hot spots on the River Fire today and prevented it from increasing in acreage. The fire remains at 2,619 acres and containment has increased to 85%. Damage inspection teams continue working in conjunction with the Nevada County and Placer County building departments and environmental health department.

Ground resources and crews will continue tactical patrols around all areas of the fire while mopping up remaining hot spots.

As the public continues to repopulate, please remain vigilant and watch for fire crews and utility resources on roadways. For more information on what to expect and look for after a wildfire, go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire.

Update 7:23 a.m. Tuesday:

A large number of hazard trees exist in fire area. Crews are working to remove hazard trees near roads and structures to facilitate the repopulation of residents in the fire area.

Firefighters continued work to strengthen containment lines around homes and move further into the interior of the fire to check for any hot spots on the River Fire today and prevented it from increasing in acreage. The fire remains at 2,619 acres and containment has increased to 68%. Damage inspection teams continue working in conjunction with the Nevada County and Placer County building departments and environmental health department.

Ground resources and crews will continue tactical patrols around all areas of the fire while mopping up remaining hot spots.

As the public continues to repopulate, please remain vigilant and watch for fire crews and utility resources on roadways. For more information on what to expect and look for after a wildfire, go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire.

Update 6:56 p.m. Monday:

Firefighters continued work to strengthen containment lines around homes and move further into the interior of the fire to check for any hot spots on the River Fire today and prevented it from increasing in acreage. The fire remains at 2,619 acres and containment has increased to 68%. Damage inspection teams continue working in conjunction with the Nevada County and Placer County building departments and environmental health department.

Ground resources and crews will continue tactical patrols around all areas of the fire while mopping up remaining hot spots.

As the public continues to repopulate, please remain vigilant and watch for fire crews and utility resources on roadways. For more information on what to expect and look for after a wildfire, go to https://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire/.

Update 6:06 p.m. Monday:

With most mandatory evacuations now lifted for the River Fire, Placer and Nevada counties will continue their support for impacted residents with a joint local assistance center — a one-stop-shop for recovery and rebuilding information and resources.

The center will be open Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14, at Colfax Elementary School; from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Aug. 13, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Aug 14. Residents may continue to access dedicated support from their respective counties after these optional initial consultations.

Typical offerings at a local assistance center include essential document replacement, property tax adjustments, housing and social services, grief counseling and initial building services consultations, among others. Representatives from community support nonprofits, state agencies and both counties are expected to be available. The lineup of services is still being determined and will be published on Placer and Nevada counties’ websites in the coming days.

Residents of both counties may also call 211 for the latest information and available resources to support their recovery.

Update 1:03 p.m. Monday:

Nevada County re-entry center info:

Nevada County is hosting a re-entry center today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bear River High School, 11130 Magnolia Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949. Residents will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Services, Behavioral Health, and 211 Connecting Point. The primary purpose of this event is to inform residents of damages to their property and to issue a pass that will allow homeowners to return to their properties in areas still closed to the public. Law Enforcement will be patrolling in the closed areas and checking for entry passes. If residents with fire losses are unable to attend today, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office will be issuing entry passes at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, on the 2nd floor Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check https://readynevadacounty.org/riverfirerecovery for more information. This event is not a replacement for the Joint Local Assistance Center being planned for later this week in Colfax.

More information at: ReadyNevadaCounty.org/RiverFireRecovery.

Placer County re-entry info:

Residents with passes within the fire perimeter will be allowed back into the evacuated areas at 1 p.m. today. A re-entry center for people within the mandatory evacuation area will open from 1-5 p.m. today, Monday, Aug. 9.

The re-entry center will be located at Colfax Elementary School, 24825 Ben Taylor Rd, Colfax. Please bring an ID to confirm residency. At the center we’ll provide a pass that will allow free movement to your residence; respirator masks for safety; and information around other safety precautions for return if a home has suffered damage.

The evacuated area will be open to residents only. For those who may be unable to return quickly but are seeking information around the status of their property, please call 211 and leave your address and contact information. A representative from the county will then follow up within a few hours. A local assistance center is expected to open later in the week providing a one-stop shop for recovery information and resources including insurance, rebuilding, utilities, social services and more. Please continue to follow this page for updates on the location and hours.

Fire personnel are still active in both Placer and Nevada counties. Please reduce speeds and drive with caution. For additional information on returning home after a wildfire, go to:

http://calfire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/fact_sheets/PGE_ReturningHomeAfterAfterAFire_print.pdf

Update at 7:05 a.m. Monday

Firefighters continued work to strengthen containment lines around homes and move further into the interior of the fire to check for any hot spots on the River Fire today, preventing it from increasing in acreage. The fire remains at 2,619 acres and containment has increased to 68%. Damage inspection teams continue working in conjunction with the Nevada County and Placer County building departments and environmental health department.

Ground resources and crews will continue tactical patrols around all areas of the fire while mopping up remaining hot spots.

As the public continues to repopulate, please remain vigilant and watch for fire crews and utility resources on roadways. For more information on what to expect and look for after a wildfire, go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire.

Looking west across Lake Wildwood at noon Friday, August 6, toward the dam.
Submitted by Bob Hobert

Update at 7:42 p.m. Sunday

After thorough mapping of the fire area the acreage is unchanged but revised to 2619. Firefighters continued to build and improve containment lines on the River Fire today and prevented it from increasing in acreage. The fire remains at 2,619 acres and containment has increased to 65%. Damage inspection teams continue working in conjunction with the Nevada County and Placer County building departments and environmental health department.

Ground resources and crews will continue tactical patrols around all areas of the fire while mopping up remaining hot spots.

As the public continues to repopulate, please remain vigilant and watch for fire crews and utility resources on roadways. For more information on what to expect and look for after a wildfire, go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire.

Update at 7:41 a.m. Sunday

Firefighters continued to build and improve containment lines on the River Fire overnight and prevented it from increasing in acreage. The fire remains at 2,600 acres and containment has increased to 62%. Damage inspection teams continue working in conjunction with the Nevada County and Placer County building departments and environmental health department.

Ground resources and crews will continue tactical patrols around all areas of the fire while mopping up remaining hot spots.

As the public continues to repopulate, please remain vigilant and watch for fire crews and utility resources on roadways. For more information on what to expect and look for after a wildfire, go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire.

Evacuations

Placer County: For Current maps of Placer County: https://bit.ly/PCRiverFire

The following Evacuation Orders remain in effect with no change:

Zone 1: Milk Ranch Road to Spring Valley Road to include the west side of Spring Valley from Milk Ranch Road to Campbell Creek Place and West to the Bear River. Ben Taylor and every street West of Sunray Lane to the Bear River.

Zone 2: White Oak from Highway 174, West to the Bear River.

Nevada County: Check https://community.zonehaven.com/to see the specific information for the status of the remaining evacuation zones in Nevada County.

Several roadblocks near the River Fire have changed affecting Zones NCO-E102-A and NCO-E103-C, allowing more residents to return home.

• Aspen Gold Drive and both Silver Leaf Drives remain CLOSED at this point, but areas West of those are now OPEN.

• Mount Olive Road is now OPEN to through traffic.

• Taylor Crossing Road, Clydesdale Road, Mountain Lion Road, Last Mile Drive, Deer Hollow Way, Ladera Way and Meyer Road all remain CLOSED.

Do not attempt to enter areas that remain closed.

Update at 2:27 p.m. Saturday

For Placer County

The following Evacuation Orders have been lifted:

• Zone 1C: Evacuation Order Area Lifted: Milk Ranch Road Through Spring Valley Dam Lane to Local Residents Only. This does not include Campbell Creek Place.

• Zone 2C: Evacuation Order Area Lifted: Pine View Drive from Ben Taylor Road to the Fire Perimeter to local residents only. This includes Kingston Way, Taylor Way. This does not include Bear View Drive or Wildwood Lane.

• Zone 2D: White Oak Drive from Highway 174 to the fire’s edge. Residents only.

A message from Placer County Water Agency (PCWA):

Upon return of water service for customers in the Colfax area, if the water looks cloudy or dirty, do not drink it. Let the hot and cold water lines run until the water appears clear. If you are experiencing water pressure issues, please contact customer services at (530) 823-4850. As PCWA continues to assist firefighting efforts, please be mindful of your water use to ensure firefighting personnel have access to essential water supplies when necessary.

Cal Fire news release:

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Incident personnel and cooperating agencies are still active in both Placer and Nevada counties. Please reduce speeds and drive with caution.

Update 10:31 a.m. Saturday:

Update at 8:10 a.m. Saturday

Evacuation orders have been lifted for all but 800 residents. Damage assessment continues and as properties are inspected and evaluated the area information will be updated. This process has resulted in a decrease in the number of structures reported as damaged.

Hazard tree removal and utility infrastructure repair is taking place in preparation for re-population. As the public starts to repopulate, please remain vigilant and watch for fire crews and utility resources on roadways. For more information on what to expect and look for after a wildfire, go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire.

Community meetings will be held in both Placer and Nevada Counties today. For more information visit http://www.Facebook.com/calfireneu.

Heavy smoke from the Dixie Fire continues to impact air quality throughout the region.

Update at 8:25 p.m.

Hazard tree removal and utility infrastructure repair is taking place in preparation for repopulation. As the public starts to repopulate, please remain vigilant and watch for fire crews and utility resources on roadways. For more information on what to expect and look for after a wildfire, go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire

Update at 6:45 p.m.

The following Evacuation Orders have been lifted for Nevada County:

The Evacuation ORDER for zones; NCO-E178; NCO-E386 and NCO-E180 have been lifted.

The Evacuation ORDER for certain portions of zones; NCO-E102; NCO-E050 and NCO-E103 have been lifted.

The following Evacuation Orders remain in effect:

Zones remaining under an Evacuation ORDER are NCO-E102-B; NCO-E050-B and NCO-E103-B.

Check community.zonehaven.com to see the specific information for the status of zones in Nevada County.

 

The following Evacuation Orders remain in effect for Placer County with no change:

Zone 1 – Evacuation Order: Milk Ranch Road to Spring Valley Road to include the west side of Spring Valley from Milk Ranch Road to Campbell Creek Place and West to the Bear River. Ben Taylor and every street West of Sunray Lane to the Bear River.

Zone 2 Evacuation Order: White Oak from Hwy 174, West of the Bear River.

The following Evacuation Orders have been lifted:

Zone 1B – Evacuation Order Area Lifted-Railroad tracks west to Tokayana Way and Placer Hills Road to include every road off of those two roads. This does not include all of Milk Ranch Road and Campbell Creek Place. Ben Taylor Road to Sunray Lane is lifted.

Zone 2B – Evacuation Order: Area Lifted-Rollins Lake Road west to the river. Highway 174 north to Rollins Lake. Evacuation Order Lifted for the following streets off of Highway 174; Drynan Lane, Oakhurt Lane, Amy Way, Gladycon Road, and Schroeder lanes and all roads leading off of the above listed roads.

Zone 3 – Evacuation Order: Lifted-City of Colfax.

Update at 5:45 p.m.

Residents are invited to a community meeting where representatives from various agencies will present updated information regarding the River Fire. Scheduled to appear: Cal Fire, Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, Nevada County Government, and Nevada County Services.

The meeting is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bear River High School, 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley. It can also be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/CALFIRENEU.

Update 5:41 p.m.

Residents are invited to a community meeting where representatives from various agencies will present updated information regarding the River Fire. Scheduled to appear: Cal Fire/Placer County Fire Department, Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Placer County Government, Placer County Services, and the city of Colfax.

The meeting is Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at 5 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St., Colfax. It can also be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/CALFIRENEU.

Update 12:41 p.m.:

From the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office:

“All areas that were under an evacuation warning are now lifted. If you were displaced under a warning, you are now able to return to your residence.”

This would include zones: NCO-E163; NCO-E048; NCO-E192; NCO-E179; NCO-E181 and NCO-E187

In Placer County, this includes zones 4 and 5. “Evacuation Warnings for Zone 4-(south of the Zone 1 boundary (Dog Bar Road) to West Weimar Cross Roads and from the Nevada County line east to I-80)- and Zone 5- (north of Norton Grade Road to Secret Town Road and east of Rollins Lake Road and Rollins Lake to I-80)- in Placer County have been lifted. Residents that live in these areas may safely return home. Fire Evacuation Orders are still in place for Zones 1, 2 & 3.“

As you return to the area, please be aware of firefighters and other first responders still working.



Update 10:57 a.m.:

From Sam Longmire, air pollution control specialist:

“The air monitor for town of Chester, Plumas County, is maxed out — never seen it like this before. Chester was surrounded by fire and received evacuation orders.”

He added, air quality is at the hazardous level for Reno, Truckee, Lake Tahoe as well as Grass Valley and Nevada City.

“Everybody is advised to stay indoors, avoid all outdoor activity and if you lock your windows and keep a towel at the bottom of your door, it keeps the smoke out better.”

Longmire also said, “It’s the worst day we’ve had regionally for smoke this year for north of Sacramento.”

Most of the smoke is coming from the Dixie Fire, he added.

Although difficult to forecast, Longmire said Grass Valley will probably get some relief this afternoon, but it will be bad again Saturday, with Sunday a little better, though there will still be smoke.

There will be continued low humidity. Winds will be 7-8 miles per hour with winds strongest between 2 and 3 p.m.

Longmire further advised residents to locate a “clean room” in the house where smoke is least detected and use a portable air filter if available.

“Pay attention,” he said. “You can determine which parts of the house have the most smoke and close those off.”

Update 9:10 a.m.:

Video update from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office:

Update 8:15 a.m.:

The Nevada County Relief Fund is seeking donations for River Fire survivors, a press release from the organization stated.

The fund’s Community Advisory Council established the “River Fire Fund” Thursday in order to accept donations and direct funds as needed, the release stated.

All funds raised as of August 5 will be made available to wildfire survivors from Nevada County, according to the release. County Department of Social Services caseworkers will vet requests for assistance. With Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation serving as the Nevada County Relief Fund’s fiscal sponsor, donations may be made safely and are tax deductible, according to the release.

“When we helped set up the Nevada County Relief Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipated that it might someday serve as a clearinghouse for other critical services in the event of a wildfire or other disaster. I applaud the continued generosity of our community to care for those in their moment of need,” wrote County CEO Alison Lehman in the release.

To support Placer County residents impacted by the River Fire, donations can be made to the Placer Community Foundation.

Update 8:06 a.m.:

Waste Management says to expect service delays Friday due to River Fire, according to a post on the County of Nevada Public Works Facebook Page.

“In light of the current evacuations, we may encounter a service delays (today),” the post stated. “We will work to keep you updated as more information comes in. Additionally, we currently have five drivers who live in the evacuation zone.”

Waste management routes expected to be affected today.
Photo from County of Nevada Public Works Facebook page.

UPDATE at 7:11 a.m. Friday:

The River Fire is 30% contained, Cal Fire reported Friday morning. According to the incident report, full containment is expected by August 14.

The acreage remained at 2,600, according to the report, with 88 structures destroyed and 20 damaged.

The report in full:

Check out The Union Now for updates through social media, as well as a police scanner.

UPDATE at 7:21 p.m. Thursday

Here’s the Thursday afternoon Cal Fire update:

Firefighters took advantage of the cooler temperatures today and made good progress on building containment lines around the fire. A combination of additional hand crews, ground resources, and aircraft today, increased containment to 15% while keeping fire spread acreage to a minimum.

Tonight, fire personnel will continue to strengthen containment lines and provide structure protection and tactical patrol throughout the night. There is potential for an increase in fire behavior tomorrow with a forecasted rise in temperatures and gusty winds. Damage assessment is underway, however, suppression efforts and fire activity prohibit damage inspectors from entering all affected areas.

Check out The Union Now for updates through social media, as well as a police scanner.

UPDATE 2:24 p.m.:

Video update from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office regarding evacuation zones on the Placer County side of the River Fire:

UPDATE 2:08 p.m.:

A letter from Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Scott Lay:

Letter from the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools regarding the River Fire by The Union on Scribd

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.:

UPDATE 11:17 a.m.:

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District and the Public Health Departments of Nevada, Plumas and Sierra Counties are extending a joint Air Quality Health Advisory due to the prolonged and widespread smoke from numerous wildfires, including the Dixie Fire and the new River Fire in Placer and Nevada Counties, according to a press release Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District.

Poor air quality (possibly reaching hazardous levels) is expected to persist as long as these wildfires are active, the release states.

“Smoke density and location will vary greatly, depending on fire behavior and weather conditions, with smoke settling in low areas at night,” the release stated. “A change in wind direction over the next 24-48 hours will likely bring widespread smoke impacts throughout the District.”

For more information, visit https://myairdistrict.com/.

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.:

The River Fire in the Colfax area is burning 2,400 acres and is zero percent contained as of Thursday, according to Cal Fire’s latest update.

The incident started around 2 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Milk Ranch and Bear River Campground roads. According to a Cal Fire incident report, 50 structures have been destroyed and 30 structures have been damaged, with another 3,400 structures threatened.

A total of 524 personnel are working the fire along with 74 engines, 10 water tenders, 14 hand crews, 9 dozers and “multiple” helicopters, the incident report states.

“Active fire behavior is expected today with wind gusting to 12 mph and moderate humidity recovery,” the incident report states. “Numerous firefighting aircraft from throughout the state are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow.”

UPDATE 10:05 a.m.:

Highway Closure Update from Cal Trans Twitter: SR-174 is now CLOSED between Rollins Lake Road in Placer County and You Bet Road in Nevada County for emergency response.

UPDATE 9:46 a.m.:

Update from CHP Gold Run’s Facebook page:

River Fire Road Closures:

– Tokayana Way between Rising Sun and Placer Hills

– Ben Taylor Road

– Sr-174 between Rollins Lake Road and You Bet Road

Please remember these roads are closed to protect the public and allow fire crews to work.

UPDATE 9:18 a.m.:

NID NEWS ALERT: Due to the River Fire, the NID campgrounds at Rollins Lake have been evacuated and are being closed, effective immediately. This includes Orchard Springs, Long Ravine and Peninsula campgrounds.

All day-use and boating access also has been closed at Rollins Lake.

The closures are in effect through Aug. 15, with a potential re-opening on Aug 16.

Scotts Flat Lake campsites will remain open for now

Updates will be posted on the NID Campground Information webpage.

UPDATE 8:44 a.m.:

California has secured federal assistance to support the response at the River Fire, according to a press release Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office.

The release states that the state received a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to “help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the River Fire burning in Nevada and Placer counties.”

The grant is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on a cost-share basis, according to the release, and will “enable local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.”

Newsom has also activated the State Operations Center to coordinate the state’s fire response, dispatch mutual aid and address emergency management needs, the release states.

UPDATE 8:22 a.m.:

Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez was live at the fire scene Wednesday night. Here is a recording of that event:

UPDATE 8 a.m.:

A Red Flag Warning is in effect through this evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Other weather predictions include:

  • Breezy southwest wind gusts 20 – 35 mph, shifting to the west/northwest late day Thursday
  • Afternoon relative humidity values 8-20%
  • Poor to moderate overnight recoveries
  • Areas of smoke continue to impact portions of NorCal over the next few days

UPDATE 7:30 a.m.:

The River Fire continues to burn Thursday morning. The fire is currently at 2,400 acres with zero containment, according to Cal Fire.

UPDATE at 7:05 a.m. THURSDAY

Bear River High School, 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley is a congregate shelter.

Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949 is an animal shelter.

UPDATE at 9:42 p.m.

Authorities in a Wednesday night press conference said 4,200 people in Nevada County have received evacuation warnings or orders, and 2,400 in Placer County are under a mandatory evacuation order.

Brian Estes, with Cal Fire, said conditions are favorable for fighting fires.

An anticipated drop in temperatures and higher humidity should help, officials said.

The River Fire has burned some 1,400 acres as of 8 p.m., and destroyed 35 to 40 structures.

Update 4:28 p.m.:

Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez is live at the scene:

Update 4:16 p.m.:

Thank you to our readers for submitting photos of the River Fire!

Update 4:02 p.m.:

Video from Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit:

UPDATE 3:57 p.m.:

“Second CodeRED just went out for Evacuations ORDERS “This is the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office issuing an Evacuation ORDER for a Wildfire affecting zone NCO-E102; All residents East of Dog Bar Rd; South of Leitner Drive and North of Misty Winds are to EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY.”

UPDATE 3:53 p.m.:

Cal Fire reporting the River Fire is now 100 acres.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.:

Cal Fire reporting the Rive Fire is 45 acres.

UPDATE 3:24 p.m.:

Highway 174 is closed at Orchard Springs Road in Chicago Park due to the River Fire, Cal Trans said in a tweet. All traffic is being turned; alternate routes such as SR-49, SR-20 and I-80 are advised.

UPDATED 2:51 P.M.:

@NevCoSheriff just sent an Evacuation WARNING to evacuation zone NCO-E102.

“This is the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office issuing an Evacuation WARNING for a Wildfire affecting zone NCO-E102. There is a fire at the Bear River Campground in Placer County threatening areas East of Dog Bar Rd. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should consider leaving now. Check Community. Zonehaven.com for updates.”

INITIALLY POSTED:

A fire reported at the Bear River Campground in Colfax grew to about an acre in size Wednesday afternoon.

According to scanner traffic, the fire has a moderate rate of spread. The Bear River Campground, Plumtree and Placer Hills roads are being evacuated, according to scanner traffic.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Check back for more on this story.


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