Updated at 10:15 p.m.
Some residents forced to evacuate during the Robbers Fire will
be permitted to return to their homes early Wednesday, according to
a release by Placer County.
Placer County Public Information Office release:
PLACER COUNTY ANNOUNCES REENTRY INTO YANKEE JIMS AND
AREAS FOR RESIDENTS ONLY EFFECTIVE AT 9:00 AM ON
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
The Placer County Sheriff announces that several of the
areas under mandatory evacuation order since the opening stages of
the Robbers Fire will be reopened on Wed., July 18, 2012 at 9:00
Yankee Jims Road between Canyon Way and Gillis Hill Road
will open but a complete closure from that intersection
eastward remains in place for Yankee Jims Road.
Yankee Jims Road east of Small Hope Mine Lane will be open
in the direction of the communities of Yankee Jims and
Foresthill. However, a Level 1 Road Closure (i.e., local residents
only may pass) will be in place at Small Hope Mine Lane, and
only local residents living west of that intersection will be able
to pass. Sheriff's personnel will be at the Small Hope Mine
Lane intersection to ensure only local residents with some form
of ID or utility bill, etc., clearly identifying the bearer as
a local resident, are allowed access to the area.
Residents of the Foresthill Communities are requested to
not travel west into the canyon on Yankee Jims Road until
further notice due to continuing fire activity and road
South of Iowa Hill, a complete closure remains for Shirt
Tail Canyon Road at Big Dipper Road.
Mandatory evacuation of residents on Kings Hill Road
remains in effect until further notice.
From Cal Fire:
Firefighters made significant progress on the Southeast and
Northeast sides of the fire. Favorable weather conditions are
continuing to aid firefighters in strengthening and holding fire
lines. Unburned areas of brush, within containment lines, may
continue to periodically burn.
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
Road Closures: Just Rd., Big Dipper Rd., Glory Mound Rd., Kings
Hill Rd., Brushy Bear Rd., Brushy Creek Rd., Shirt Tail Canyon Rd.
The size of the fire remains at 2,650 acres, with 60 percent
containment. There are 1,989 people working the incident.
Updated at 6:45 p.m.
In it's latest incident report released at 6:15 p.m., Cal Fire
says the Robbers fire is 60% contained. Full containment is
expected to occur on July 21st. Total number of acres burned
remains at 2,650.
Updated at 1:55 p.m.
Gus Thomson of the Auburn Journal
checked in this morning during
Insight to give us the latest information and observations about
the Robbers fire. Thomson saw the fire up close with
firefighters when it was just beginning last Wednesday.
Evacuation Safety Not Just for Humans
Placer County Animal Services Center provides
relief sites for evacuated animals
As Placer County residents evacuate their homes, their pets
can also be extracted from harmful situations.
Animal shelters for evacuated animals are set up when the need
arises, according to Mike Winters, animal service manager for
Placer County Animal Services Center. For them, it is a routine
response to an emergency, he said.
Last week Animal Services set up an emergency shelter for pets
evacuated from homes threatened by the Robbers Fire. As of Monday
the fire, which started Wednesday, had burned 2,650 acres and
threatened 170 homes in canyon land between Foresthill and
Read the full Auburn Journal
Updated at 7:15
FROM CAL FIRE:
Firefighters made significant progress
on the Southeast and Northeast sides of the fire. Containment
percentages have gone up and fire lines are holding.
The fire has burned 2,650 acres and is
now 50% contained.
The count of destroyed structures
remains the same: 4 outbuildings and 1 residence. Structures
Estimated cost to date:
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.
The cause of the fire remains under
Updated at 6:40 a.m.
The wildfire burning near Foresthill in Placer County has
destroyed one home and forced evacuations from dozens of
State fire officials say the blaze is now 45% contained after
burning about four square miles.
Despite improved weather conditions and the progress
firefighters are making in surrounding the blaze, evacuations
remain in place, with homes near Foresthill still threatened.
Twelve firefighters have been injured battling the fire, and
about 2,200 personnel are currently on scene.
So what are folks who live near the fire talking about?
The Red Frog bar and grill sits about a mile outside of town,
on Highway 174. Most of their customers are locals.
Randy Brock with the Red Frog says people are worried about
the Robbers Fire jumping the American River and reaching
Monday's Robbers Fire