UPDATE: Pleasant Fire spreads to 392 acres, 40% containment; All evacuations and road closures lifted (VIDEO/LIVE FEED)
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UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.: Map of the Pleasant Fire via Cal Fir PIO
UPDATE 9 a.m.:
Acres Burned – Containment: 392 acres – 40% contained
Structures Destroyed: 1 structure damaged, 1 destroyed
Evacuations: All evacuations have been lifted
Road Closures: All road closures have been lifted.
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: Nevada Co Consolidated, NCSO, Nevada Co OES, CHP, Grass Valley Fire, North San Juan, Nevada City Fire, Campton, State Parks, CDCR, Penn Valley, Nevada Co OES, PG&E, Cal Trans, and Yuba Co S.O.
Total Fire Personnel: 378
Total Fire Engines: 23
Total Fire Crews: 7
Total Helicopters: 3
Total Dozers: 7
Total Water Tenders: 7
Conditions: Fire continues to threaten structures and infrastructure around the community of North San Juan and the Middle Fork of the Yuba River. Firefighters continue to protect structures, and strengthen line.
UPDATE 8 p.m.: All evacuation orders and road closures have been lifted, according to Cal Fire.
UPDATE 5 p.m.: Highway 49 has been reopened in both directions, though caution is urged as firefighting equipment is still in the area, CHP reports.
UPDATE 5 p.m.: The Pleasant Fire is now 40 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. It is still burning at 280 acres.
UPDATE 1 p.m.: The Pleasant Fire has spread to 280 acres as of 1 p.m. Thursday and is now 25 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. “Fire is burning in heavy brush and timber. Fire continues to threaten structures and infrastructure around the community of North San Juan and the Middle Fork of the Yuba River. Firefighters continue to protect structures and strengthen line,” Cal Fire said in a release. Highway 49 is closed at Sweetland and at Tyler Foote Crossing Roads. Pleasant Valley Road is closed at Sweetland Road. The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services recommends using Sweetland and Tyler Foot Crossing Roads as detours. Evacuation orders remain in effect West of Highway 49 between Tyler Foote Crossing and Oak Tree Roads, according to the Emergency Services office. (See map below for details). Evacuation orders were lifted at 10 p.m. last night for areas near downtown North San Juan and Ananda Village. Nevada County Sheriff’s Office employees are going door-to-door evacuating residents in the affected areas. An emergency shelter is open for those who have been evacuated at First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. The shelter is staffed by American Red Cross volunteers. Lunch will be provided this afternoon. The shelter will remain open until evacuations are lifted. An emergency shelter for animals is available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for livestock and pets. The Fairgrounds has asked that people bring in animals through Gate 8 off of Brighton Street. A veterinary disaster response team is on site.
**Map information courtesy of Nevada County Office of Emergency Services. Orange area indicated evacuation area; blue lines indicate alternative routes; blue house indicated emergency shelter. Click anywhere on the map to bring up an interactive map. UPDATE 10 a.m.: The Pleasant Fire is still holding at 200 acres this morning and is 10 percent contained, according to Mary Eldridge, public information officer for Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit. The fire didn’t move much overnight, Eldridge said. There are still some hot spots in the fire’s interior that crews will be working on today as they continue to build containment lines. Cal Fire helicopters and air tankers will be on scene to assist in battling the blaze, but the large department’s large 747 aircraft will be tied up fighting the Ponderosa Fire in Butte County, Eldridge said. Evacuations were lifted in many areas near North San Juan around 10 p.m. last night. UPDATE 7:30 a.m.: Via Cal Fire website Location: Off Hwy 49 & Pleasant Valley Rd, south of North San Juan Acres Burned – Containment: 200 acres – 10% contained Mandatory evacuations now in place for: Robinson Rd, Brotherhood Wy, Tobacco Rd, New School Rd and east to Maidu Ridge Rd. ALL roads between Hwy 49 and Oak Tree Rd north of Tyler Foote Rd are under mandatory evacuations Ivey Lane and all streets off of Hyatt are being evacuated. The Pleasant fire in North San Juan has prompted evacuations on Ivey Ln and all roads off of Hyatt Ln. Evacuation center has been opened at First Baptist Church – 1866 Ridge Rd in Grass Valley. Road Closures: SR-49 is being closed north of Pleasant Valley Rd due to fire on both sides of the road. Conditions: Fire burning/growing on SR-49 in the North San Juan area.
A fire started Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. near Peterson’s Corner, just south of North San Juan.
As of Wednesday evening, the fire had reached 250 acres and was 10 percent contained. At that time it was reported that about 200 structures were threatened, according to Nevada County analyst Taylor Wolfe.
Early on, Highway 49 was closed to traffic and Ivey Road and all roads along Hyatt Road were evacuated. That list grew to include Robinson Road, Brotherhood Way, Tobacco Road, New School Road and east over to Maidu Ridge Road.
Toward the end of the evening it was announced Ananda Villiage was under an advisory for evacuation but hadn’t been formally vacated.
An emergency shelter for those displaced from the fire was available at First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road in Grass Valley.
The Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team was also available for those with horses or livestock. That group set up shop at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Right from the start, fire engines from every agency in the surrounding three counties were on scene and Cal Fire ordered additional aircraft and resources to assist.
Highway 49 remained closed into the evening with northbound traffic being diverted as far south as The Willo Steak House at the intersection of Highway 49 and Newtown Road.
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