Robbers Fire Coverage


Robbers Fire is expected to be contained by July 21. It started in the late afternoon on July 11 in Placer County near Foresthill. One home and four outbuildings were lost in the 2,650-acre fire. This page has stories and information on the fire.


Capital Public Radio News Reports

  • Arrest Made in Robbers Fire

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    Cal Fire and the Placer County Sheriff’s Department say a pyrotechnic device started the Robbers Fire last week near Foresthill.

  • Robbers Fire Update Tuesday

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Placer County officials say some evacuees will be allowed to return to their homes at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Robbers fire is 60% contained. Full containment expected on July 21.

    Updated at 10:15 p.m.

  • Photo by Matthew Rhodes courtesy of

    Robbers Fire Update Monday

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    Firefighters are gaining on Robbers Fire, with 45 percent containment. The fire has grown to 2,600 acres and crews are focused on protecting structures, as the weather cooperates. Estimated cost at $6.9 million.

    Updated at 10:51 p.m.

  • CPR photo/Andrew Nixon

    As Their Numbers Dwindle, Calif. Prison Inmates Help Fight Fires

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    Fire fighters battling wildfires across California this week are getting support from hundreds of state prison inmates. That's been the case for years, but Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment is starting to reduce the number of available inmates.

  • Robbers Fire Updates SUNDAY

    Sunday, July 15, 2012

    Video from the site of burned vacation home. Robbers Fire now 30% contained and grown to 2,400 acres. It threatens Brushy Creek subdivision, Haynes Mine and Kings Hill. Crews are assigned to protect homes.

    Updated at 11:22 p.m.

  • Photo courtesy of Paula Bianco

    Robbers Fire Updates SATURDAY

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Robbers Fire has grown to 1,950 acres and is still 20 percent contained. 1,952 people are working the fire, with nine injuries reported.170 homes are threatened and three outbuildings burned.

    Updated at 7:44 p.m.

  • Robbers Fire UPDATES

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    Total acres burned now 1,300 with 170 residences threatened. 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.

  • Photo courtesy of Paula Bianco

    Robbers Fire Creating Lots Of Smoke

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    The “Robbers Fire” burning near Foresthill in Placer County has grown to more than 1,157 acres and is 10-percent contained. About 150-homes have been evacuated.

  • Courtesy of Cal Fire

    Crews Continue to Battle Robbers Fire

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    The Robbers Fire has grown to 800 acres, with 10 percent containment. New areas are being evacuated. Cal Fire officials say 150 homes are threatened, and more than 1,800 personnel are working the blaze.

    Updated at 10:30 p.m.

  • Evacuations Ordered in Foresthill Area

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Several agencies are fighting the Robbers Fire in Placer County near Foresthill. The fire is burning in dense forest near homes, and evacuations have been ordered. The 200-acre blaze is 20 percent contained as of late Wednesday.


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