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Robbers Fire UPDATES



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, July 13, 2012

Saturday Robbers Fire Updates

Updated 7:08 p.m.

Cal Fire reports that the Robbers Fire has now burned 1,300 acres and is 10% contained.  Cal Fire says 170 residences are threatened.

Evacuations remain in effect for homes off Yankee Jims Canyon & Shirttail Canyon area, as well as parts of Iowa Hill.

The following streets are evacuated: Just Rd., Big Dipper Rd., Glory Mound Rd., Kings Hill Rd., Brushy Bear Rd., Brushy Creek Ln., Macy Creek, Adelin, Blind Doe, Mountain Lion, Spring Garden Rd, Log Cabin Ln, Pine Mountain Rd, Small Hope Mine Ln, Owl Creek Rd and parts of Shirttail Canyon.

More numbers as of now: 1,626 personnel, 165 engines, 56 crews, 1 helicopter, 19 bulldozers,  17 water tenders .

The fire has made active runs in both the northeast and southeast section of the fire and has burned up to Brushy Creek in the Yankee Jims area. With winds coming out of the south, the fire has been burning towards the northeast.

Today, the Red Cross moved the Evacuation Center to the Foresthill High School Gym.

Road Closures: Just Rd., Big Dipper Rd., Glory Mound Rd., Kings Hill Rd., Brushy Bear Rd., Brushy Creek Rd., Shirt Tail Canyon Rd.  

 
Updated 4:55 p.m.

Some of the 150 people who were forced to evacuate their homes by the fire will be forced to move again this evening.  The Red Cross will move people from the Foresthill Veterans Memorial Hall to Foresthill High School starting at 7 o'clock tonight. 

The hall is scheduled to host events this weekend.  The Placer County Office of Emergency Services says the school is a bigger facility and has showers.

The county is also providing a temporary home for people's pets at the Gold Country Fair Grounds in Auburn. 

Cal Fire's Daniel Berlant says pets are just one thing people should be ready to move if they get the evacuation call.

"Plan and prepare now," advises Berlant. "Collect your personal documents.  Have your pets at the ready, prescriptions, anything that you're going to need to be able to live away from your home for possibly a week or more."

Cal Fire surveyors are expected to fly over the fire soon and report back before 7 o'clock tonight with their new estimates as to its size. 

This morning, the fire had consumed about eleven hundred fifty acres. 

 
 
Updated at 2:43 p.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered the National Guard to help local agencies fight the Robbers Fire in Placer County.

Five Black Hawk helicopters were dispatched this morning.  

A specially-trained incident management team from Cal Fire is also now coordinating the attack on the Robbers Fire.

Kelly Huston with the California Emergency Management Agency said the team directs the use of firefighters and timing of attacks on the fire, "The fire's gotten as big as it has and it's in such rough terrain, it take s some special tactics to try get in there and get a handle on it and keep it out of areas where it's threatening neighborhoods and people," Huston said.

As of this morning, the fire was at 1,157 acres and burning three miles northwest of the community of Foresthill.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Breaking news:  Capital Public Radio Twitter Feed

Follow Cal Fire on Twitter

Cal Fire Incident Update site

ReadyForWildfire.org - Tips from Cal Fire for preparing to evacuate

Cal Fire Incident Information Line - (530) 823-4083 

KCRA Robbers Fire photo gallery

Auburn Journal Robbers Fire coverage

YubaNet Robbers Fire coverage

Robbers Fire coverage on Insight

 

Updated at 12:45 p.m.

Some people who were forced to evacuate their homes by the Robbers Fire will be forced to move again this evening. People at the Foresthill Veterans Memorial Hall will be moved to Foresthill High School starting at 7 p.m.

Mike Fitch with the Placer County Office of Emergency Servics said the school is a bigger facility with showers. It's also a designated shelter in the county's emergency plans.

The address of the high school is 23319 Foresthill Road.

Updated at 12:39 p.m.

Cal Fire reports the Robbers Fire is more active on the southeastern flank.

Firefighters on are laying as many containment lines as they can before the temperatures heat up.

The fire has grown to 1,157 acres and is burning in two separate directions near the Placer County communities of Colfax and Foresthill. 150 people have been evacuated.

 

Updated at 9:45 a.m.

Firefighters on the Robbers Fire are trying to get as many containment lines built as possible before the temperatures heat up today.

The relative lack of wind and heavy smoke has created an inversion layer over the fire. Cal Fire's Daniel Berlant says the inversion layer is smothering the fire in the morning hours, but the effect doesn't last all day. "That's when we're really get in there and build our containment line," Berlant said. "But, it is deceiving to people.  It makes it appear as if the fire is out. Once the sun pops up and the heat goes back up, the fires often actively burn again."

Surveys of the fire put it at about 1,150 acres. Berlant said crews have 10 percent containment.

The fire made several runs in different directions to the north and the southeast starting on Thursday. The threats caused 30 more people to be evacuated. That brings the total to 150. 

 

Updated at 7:55 a.m.

The Robbers Fire grew by another 300-acres overnight. The wildfire burning near Foresthill in Placer County has now scorched a total of 1,157 acres and is 10% contained. About 150 homes have been evacuated.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said:"The fire will continue to burn over the next few days for sure. It's still too early to tell exactly when we'll start to get the upper hand. We've got a lot of resources making good progress. But it's Mother Nature that we've been working against."

Including triple-digit temperature and breezy conditions. Berlant says so far, no one's been hurt and no homes have been damaged.

"As actively as this fire's burned we've had no injuries surprisingly," Berlant said. "Our firefighters have done a great job taking a stand and protecting the homes that are in this area. Unfortunately, this is in a very remote area and access is very difficult. Many of these driveways are one-lane roads, very windy. Trying to get back up to some of these homes can be a challenge."

The evacuations are in effect for homes off Yankee Jims Canyon and the Shirttail Canyon area, as well as parts of Iowa Hill.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.   

 

Updated at 7:45 a.m.

Cal Fire's Daniel Berlant says the fire has been putting out a significant amount of smoke…and overnight, an inversion layer developed over the fire area.  

"That's created the smoke to just kind of settle down into the valley area," Berlant said. "So the homes in the southern portion of Placer County are waking up this morning to a significant amount of smoke. Not because the fire made runs last night and really put off a lot of smoke overnight. It's just because the smoke is all settling down in the valley."

Berlant says 1,368  people are working to fight the fire.

"As the state's fire department we were able to mobilize a lot of resources from across the area including Southern California and even some of the areas where we had fires earlier in the week like Colusa County. As those fires started to get contained we were able to move those resources back over here."

The evacuations are in effect for homes off Yankee Jims Canyon and the Shirttail Canyon area, as well as parts of Iowa Hill. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Updated at 7:30 a.m.

Cal Fire reports the fire has grown to 1,157 acres. Evacuations continue, as 150 residences are threatened by the blaze. The fire is 10 percent contained.

 

Posted at 6:14 a.m.

Cal Fire officials say crews battling the Robbers Fire made good progress overnight. Firefighters were able to strengthen containment lines and clear areas for bulldozers in spots where the wildfire was very active yesterday.

Cal Fire's Daniel Berlant says the fire really picked up yesterday afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00 PM.

"It made several hard runs to the southeast in the area known as Yankee Jims," Berlant said. "That forced us to work with the Sheriff's Department to call for an additional evacuation. We evacuated another 30 homes or so in that area to bring it up to the total of 150 homes now immediately threatened and evacuated from this fire."  

Evacuations remain in effect for homes off Yankee Jims Canyon & Shirttail Canyon area, as well as parts of Iowa Hill. The fire is now at 800-acres and 10% contained.

Meanwhile, the Mill Fire burning nearly 19-thousand acres in the Mendocino National Forest in Colusa County is now 40-percent contained.  

See Thursday's coverage of Robbers Fire 







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