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Robbers Fire Update Tuesday



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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 BRUSHY CREEK 
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 a.m. 
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 rehabilitation.   
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.   
PLACER COUNTY ANNOUNCES REENTRY INTO YANKEE JIMS AND BRUSHY CREEK 
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 a.m. 

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 rehabilitation.   
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.   
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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.

See full incident report

 

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.
 
Listen to Beth Ruyak's interview with Gus Thomson

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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 Colfax.

Read the full Auburn Journal story

 
Updated at 7:15 a.m.

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 threatened: 170.

Estimated cost to date:  $8,100,000

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 investigation.

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Updated at 6:40 a.m.

The wildfire burning near Foresthill in Placer County has destroyed one home and forced evacuations from dozens of others.

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.

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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 Colfax.
 
See the rest of the story here.

Monday's Robbers Fire coverage

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