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Robbers Fire Update Monday



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 16, 2012

Updated at 10:51 p.m.

Insight on Capital Public Radio will feature several area journalists discussing coverage of the Robbers Fire. Listen live at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with a rebroadcast at 8 p.m.

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The Auburn Journal's latest update on the fire tells the story of how the fire got its name:

How the Robbers Fire was named

The Robbers Fire was given its name by Cal Fire early on as a means of identifying it. Berlant said that a single word is regularly used for a fire title and it's generally describing a location or street near where the fire was first reported. In the case of the Robbers Fire, it refers to Robbers Ravine, which was initially described by several witnesses as the location of the start of the fire, Berlant said.


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Updated 7:48 p.m.

Cal Fire reports that decreased temperatures and increased humidities have reduced fire behavior. The fire experienced some spotting, but overall growth was minimal. Resources will continue to be assigned to structure defense in the threatened areas. 

Esitmated cost of fighting the blaze has grown to $6.9 million.     

Evacuations: Evacuations remain in effect for homes off Yankee Jims & Southern part of Iowa Hill. The following roads are evacuated: Spring Garden, Yankee Jims Ln., Small Hope Mine Ln., Owl Creek Rd., Pine Mountain Rd., Meritage Oak Ln., Kings Hill Rd., Brushy Creek Ln. 

Road Closures: Just Rd., Big Dipper Rd., Glory Mound Rd., Kings Hill Rd., Brushy Bear Rd., Brushy Creek Ln., Spring Garden Rd, Log Cabin Ln., Pine Mountain Rd., Small Hope Mine Ln., Owl Creek Rd., parts of Shirttail Canyon, and parts of Shirttail Canyon Rd. Evacuated roads remain closed.

Cooperating Agencies: Placer County Sheriff, Placer County OES, Placer County Animal Control, California National Guard, CHP, CalEMA,  BLM, CDCR, State Parks, and BOR. 

The American Red Cross has established an evacuation shelter at the Foresthill High School. Animal Shelter is located at the Pleasant Street entrance of the Gold Country Fairgrounds. 

Additional details:
Total personnel: 2,206
Injuries: 12
Engines: 161
Airtankers: 2
Helicopters: 15
Bulldozers: 37
Water tenders: 32
 
Decreased temperatures and increased humidities have reduced fire behavior.  The 
fire experienced some spotting, however overall growth was minimal. Resources will continue to be 
assigned to structure defense in the threatened areas. 
 
Evacuations: Evacuations remain in effect for homes off Yankee Jims & Southern part of Iowa Hill. The 
following roads are evacuated: Spring Garden, Yankee Jims Ln., Small Hope Mine Ln., Owl Creek Rd., 
Pine Mountain Rd., Meritage Oak Ln., Kings Hill Rd., Brushy Creek Ln. 
 
Road Closures: Just Rd., Big Dipper Rd., Glory Mound Rd., Kings Hill Rd., Brushy Bear Rd., Brushy 
Creek Ln., Spring Garden Rd, Log Cabin Ln., Pine Mountain Rd., Small Hope Mine Ln., Owl Creek Rd., 
parts of Shirttail Canyon, and parts of Shirttail Canyon Rd. Evacuated roads remain closed.
 
Cooperating Agencies: Placer County Sheriff, Placer County OES, Placer County Animal Control, 
California National Guard, CHP, CalEMA,  BLM, CDCR, State Parks, and BOR. 
 
Additional Information: The American Red Cross has established an evacuation shelter at the Foresthill 
High School. Animal Shelter is located at the Pleasant Street entrance of the Gold Country Fairgrounds

Updated at 5:45 p.m.

The cool weather has helped firefighters gain more control over the Robbers Fire burning in Foresthill.  Cal Fire's Daniel Berlant says firefighters are taking advantage of today's conditions but are worried about the end of the week when temperatures are expected to rise.

"We're working hard making sure that not only is there a good line around the fire with our bulldozers and our hand crews, but also, making sure that inside the perimeter of the fire that all of those hot spots are completely put out," explained Berlant.

The possibility of hot, dry north winds arriving later this week have firefighters cutting extra wide contingency lines and going in 200 feet into the south end of the burn to snuff out any hot spots. 

The last official survey puts the fire at 2400 acres.  One home and four outbuildings have been destroyed.  170 homes remain threatened, but no new evacuations have been ordered today. 

 

Updated at 4:05 p.m.

The Red Cross Evacuation Center at Foresthill High School has been a haven for many evacuees hoping their homes are spared. The shelter is also serving as an important source of infomation for locals. 

"Emotionally, we've been on a rollercoaster," Foresthill resident Mike Roberts told Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton earlier today.  "As far as fear, we've had our concerns but I do have confidence. We've been through a few incidents similar to this before, but we've never been evacuated."

Read/listen to Amy's full story here.

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The estimated cost of the Robbers Fire so far is $5,600,000

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Updated 10:20 a.m. - Insight segment

 
Listen to reporter Amy Quinton give an extensive update on Insight

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Updated at 8:15 a.m.

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Listen to Amy Quinton's live report during our 8 a.m. newscast

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Reporting this morning from the command center at the Auburn Fairgrounds, which she calls "almost like a command center unto itself,"  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton says 16 mph winds are the primary concern for firefighters today. 

Temperatures are only in the upper 60's and relative humidity is fairly high so that bodes well.

The rugged terrain and canyon location make the Robbers fire a challenge to contain.  These factors also are contributing to the types of injuries sustained by firefighters, mostly including sprains and cuts.

 
Updated at 7:13 a.m.
 
Listen to reporter Amy Quinton's live 7:00 a.m. update from the Auburn Fairgrounds

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The fire crews on the lines of the Robbers Fire are looking at a day of mixed news. Cooler weather will help the firefighting effort, but the cooling in the forecast is expected to bring stronger winds.

As of this morning, the Robbers Fire had burned 2,500 acres. Matt Damon at Cal Fire says the 2,147 firefighters on the scene have managed to gain 30 percent containment of the fire.

Damon says there have been a few injuries -none of them major.

"There have been 12 injuries to fire fighters," Damon said. "The worst have been some broken bones. Those firefighters have been taken to a hospital and treated. The other injuries have been scrapes and bruises…and some heat stress." 

About 170 structures are threatened by the fire. One home and four outbuildings have been destroyed.

Evacuation orders that were imposed last week remain in place.

The Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn is the primary shelter location for animals. Horses, small livestock such as goats and sheep, dog, cats, bird and reptiles can be sheltered there.  Contact Animal Services at 530-886-5500. More information here. 

Details from Cal Fire:
Total fire personnel: 2,147
Engines: 161
Fire Crews: 58
Airtankers: 2
Helicopters: 15
Bulldozers: 40
Water tenders: 20

 

Updated at 6:55 a.m.

The wildfire continues to burn in thick woods that prompted evacuations near the Placer County communities of Foresthill and Colfax. The fire is 30% contained .

CalFire spokesman Brice Bennett said fire crews are working in "extremely treacherous terrain" as the blaze threatens about 170 homes.

Residents are evacuated from the Yankee Jims Canyon and Shirttail Canyon areas, as well as parts of Iowa Hill.

A dozen firefighters have been hurt fighting the blaze. Bennett says one home and three outbuildings have been destroyed in the fire.

Since the blaze was first reported Wednesday, it has consumed about 3.75 square miles.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

 

Updated at 11:22 p.m. Sunday

Fox40 report from the scene of the only residence burned in the Robbers Fire. The report includes a telephone interview with the owner of the vacation cabin that burned to the ground.

Sunday's Robbers Fire Coverage (includes interactive map of California wild fires)

 
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