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Fire crews are working to use the forecast rain in their favor as they look for opportunities to contain flames and create stronger perimeter lines around the Mosquito Fire on Sunday. The fire has burned at least 74,748 acres and is 34% contained as of Sunday morning. Containment is a measure of the perimeter crews have established to prevent the spread of a wildfire. Thousands of people were allowed to go home on Sunday as more evacuation orders were downgraded in Placer County. At least 78 structures have been destroyed so far in the fire and another 13 have been damaged. Battling the BlazeThe strategy for Sunday is to use the forecast colder temperatures and good humidity to help build containment lines around the blaze. The rain event however is not expected to be a “season-ending event,” Cal Fire said.”As rain showers are forecasted to continue through the day and become heavier overnight, crews will look for opportunities to make containment progress as it is safe to do so,” a Cal Fire Sunday morning report said. “Firefighters will continue shoring up the corners of the fire and ensure the southern and western flanks hold along the communities.”On Saturday, firefighters battled strong winds and worked to prevent spot fires and flare-ups. Crews also continued to set backfires. “They’ve been working on that for several days, backfiring large chunks so the fire can’t come up and hook around those drainages,” said public information officer Scott McClean. “They’ve been very successful doing that and they will continue to work on that.”Firefighters worked throughout the canyons and ridges, using heavy machinery and walking the land with hand tools, hoes and shovels. They also sprayed water to dampen the forest to keep the fire from spreading. While firefighters continue to battle the fire in the canyon, there are signs of progress. Utility crews worked in Michigan Bluff. Workers put up new power poles and installed power lines to the small community. Some residents will return to destroyed homes and property, while many other homes were spared by the fire. “It’s very erratic up here and that has to do with the drainages that go in various directions that are funneling the wind,” McClean said.Meanwhile, on the west and north side of the fire crews have reported progress, while growth has also slowed on the southeast corner of the fire as it burns into the King Fire scar, Cal Fire said. Some evacuation orders reducedOn Sunday morning, some evacuation orders in Placer County were reduced to warnings and people could start to go home. Zones 7B, 8, 9, 10, 11A, 12, 15 and 26 all on the west side of the fire are the ones that were downgraded. At least 3,701 people are able to return home, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday. Some orders in El Dorado County were also downgraded on Sunday.The communities allowed to return home include Cannon Creek, Bottle Hill and Grey Eagle. The warnings in Cool, Garden Valley, Georgetown Proper and Swansboro were lifted. On Saturday evening, evacuation orders were reduced to warnings for Zone 12 in Placer County and some people along Foresthill Road, among others, will be allowed to go home. However, authorities warn people there is no gas available in Foresthill and Worton’s Market remains closed. Some residents in the community of Georgetown in El Dorado County were allowed to return home on Friday. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office reduced the evacuation order, a lawful mandate to leave immediately, to an evacuation warning, which is a recommendation to be ready to leave in case wildfire activity becomes threatening. For evacuated residents, a drop from order to warning is also a green light for them to begin repopulating. Evacuation orders were reduced for the area west of Wentworth Springs Road at Citabria Lane, north of Greenwood Road and Graybar Mine Road. Also included is east of Highway 193 at Sliger Mine Road, and south of Bottle Hill Road and Snow Cap Road. The reduced orders do not include Sliger Mine Road north of Loriel Drive and Spanish Dry Diggins Road north of Odyssey Falls Drive.Georgetown is about 18 miles north of Placerville and about 19 miles east of Auburn. See all evacuation orders and warnings below. App users, click here.Evacuation centersPlacer CountySierra College — 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin, CA 95677 (Parking in Lot B, the shelter will be in the Building J cafeteria)El Dorado CountyCameron Park Services District — 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682. Overnight shelter, meals, showers, limited health services and parking for trailers will be provided. Animals in crates and carriers will also be accepted.Green Valley Community Church — 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA. This location with accept human and small domestic animals on leashes or in creates. No Large animal and no birds. Limited RV parking and no hookups.Animal evacuation centersPlacer County Gold Country Fairgrounds — 209 Fairgate Road, Auburn, CaliforniaPeople can start to pick up their animals starting at 8 a.m. on SundayDiamond Springs Shelter (small animals only) — 6435 Capitol Avenue, Diamond Springs, CA 95619Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center (equines only) — Call for information: 916-985-7334Flying M Ranch (large animals only) — 5421 Buck Mountain Road, Placerville, CA 95667Road ClosuresThe Placer County Sheriff’s Office said hard road closures are in place on Foresthill Road and Lincoln Way in Auburn. There are also closures at the Old Foresthill Road at the Confluence.The eastbound Interstate 80 offramp to Foresthill Road is closed due to the fire.(Click through the gallery below for a glimpse at the firefight.) Large Mosquito Fire flare-up spottedKCRA 3 Photojournalist John Breedlove earlier this week captured a large flare-up from the Mosquito Fire. A massive column of smoke could be seen coming up from those flames. That flare-up has since destroyed vehicles and structures near Foresthill High School. Foresthill students take classes in AuburnHigh school is tough enough without students having to worry about their town or school burning in a massive wildfire.Yet, for 200 Foresthill High School students, they are now taking classes at Placer High in Auburn while the town of Foresthill remains under an evacuation order because of the Mosquito Fire.”The first few days, I wasn’t able to focus because the fire kept getting closer and closer to our town,” said Foresthill sophomore Bryce Dowling. Full story here. Foresthill resident who didn’t evacuate recalls terrifying flare-upMitch Griffith has lived in the town of Foresthill in Placer County for the last 22 years.He is also one of the residents who chose to stay put when mandatory evacuations were issued for his home when the Mosquito Fire began threatening that area.“Tuesday morning was a great morning,” Griffith said. “It was beautiful. Everything was great, and then this fire jumped up.” Full story here.El Dorado County and Placer County residents can check if their home is destroyedResidents in El Dorado and Placer counties can check if their homes have been damaged, destroyed, or still intact.The sheriff’s offices for both counties released their own respective interactive maps that let you click on homes that are color-coded based on the amount of damage. Damaged or destroyed homes will also include pictures showing what the house looks like. Homes without damage will not have their pictures posted.View the El Dorado County map below. App users, click here.View the Placer County map below. App users, click here.State of emergency declared Placer County issued a local emergency due to the blaze.“A local emergency proclamation asserts continuing risk to life and property and that the response is beyond the capabilities of local resources,” a release from the county said. “Placer’s proclamation requests state and federal assistance, but neither a state nor a federal disaster has yet been declared that would authorize individual disaster assistance for residents and businesses.” Gov. Gavin Newsom also declared a state of emergency in Placer and El Dorado counties due to the fires. With the state of emergency declared, that opens up federal resources to assist in combating the fire. PG&E files incident report to CPUCIt’s still unclear how the Mosquito Fire started. However, PG&E filed a report with the state’s public utility commission for a pole near where the fire started. The U.S. Forest Service had placed “caution tape around the base of a PG&E transmission pole” the report said on Thursday. “Thus far, PG&E has observed no damage or abnormal conditions to the pole or our facilities near Oxbow Reservoir, has not observed down conductor in the area or any vegetation related issues.”PG&E is investigating. Here’s a look at the current air quality in Northern CaliforniaSmoke from the Mosquito Fire burning in Placer and El Dorado counties will continue to impact areas across the Sacramento region, according to Spare the Air. The Sacramento Metropolitan, El Dorado, Feather River, Placer and Yolo-Solano air districts forecast unhealthy air quality for parts of the region.| MORE | Sacramento region’s air quality impacted by unhealthy smoke from the Mosquito Fire

Fire crews are working to use the forecast rain in their favor as they look for opportunities to contain flames and create stronger perimeter lines around the Mosquito Fire on Sunday.

The fire has burned at least 74,748 acres and is 34% contained as of Sunday morning. Containment is a measure of the perimeter crews have established to prevent the spread of a wildfire.

Thousands of people were allowed to go home on Sunday as more evacuation orders were downgraded in Placer County. At least 78 structures have been destroyed so far in the fire and another 13 have been damaged.

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Battling the Blaze

The strategy for Sunday is to use the forecast colder temperatures and good humidity to help build containment lines around the blaze. The rain event however is not expected to be a “season-ending event,” Cal Fire said.

“As rain showers are forecasted to continue through the day and become heavier overnight, crews will look for opportunities to make containment progress as it is safe to do so,” a Cal Fire Sunday morning report said. “Firefighters will continue shoring up the corners of the fire and ensure the southern and western flanks hold along the communities.”

On Saturday, firefighters battled strong winds and worked to prevent spot fires and flare-ups. Crews also continued to set backfires.

“They’ve been working on that for several days, backfiring large chunks so the fire can’t come up and hook around those drainages,” said public information officer Scott McClean. “They’ve been very successful doing that and they will continue to work on that.”

Firefighters worked throughout the canyons and ridges, using heavy machinery and walking the land with hand tools, hoes and shovels. They also sprayed water to dampen the forest to keep the fire from spreading.

While firefighters continue to battle the fire in the canyon, there are signs of progress. Utility crews worked in Michigan Bluff. Workers put up new power poles and installed power lines to the small community. Some residents will return to destroyed homes and property, while many other homes were spared by the fire.

“It’s very erratic up here and that has to do with the drainages that go in various directions that are funneling the wind,” McClean said.

Meanwhile, on the west and north side of the fire crews have reported progress, while growth has also slowed on the southeast corner of the fire as it burns into the King Fire scar, Cal Fire said.

Some evacuation orders reduced

On Sunday morning, some evacuation orders in Placer County were reduced to warnings and people could start to go home. Zones 7B, 8, 9, 10, 11A, 12, 15 and 26 all on the west side of the fire are the ones that were downgraded.

At least 3,701 people are able to return home, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.

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Some orders in El Dorado County were also downgraded on Sunday.

The communities allowed to return home include Cannon Creek, Bottle Hill and Grey Eagle. The warnings in Cool, Garden Valley, Georgetown Proper and Swansboro were lifted.

On Saturday evening, evacuation orders were reduced to warnings for Zone 12 in Placer County and some people along Foresthill Road, among others, will be allowed to go home. However, authorities warn people there is no gas available in Foresthill and Worton’s Market remains closed.

Some residents in the community of Georgetown in El Dorado County were allowed to return home on Friday. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office reduced the evacuation order, a lawful mandate to leave immediately, to an evacuation warning, which is a recommendation to be ready to leave in case wildfire activity becomes threatening. For evacuated residents, a drop from order to warning is also a green light for them to begin repopulating.

Evacuation orders were reduced for the area west of Wentworth Springs Road at Citabria Lane, north of Greenwood Road and Graybar Mine Road. Also included is east of Highway 193 at Sliger Mine Road, and south of Bottle Hill Road and Snow Cap Road.

The reduced orders do not include Sliger Mine Road north of Loriel Drive and Spanish Dry Diggins Road north of Odyssey Falls Drive.

Georgetown is about 18 miles north of Placerville and about 19 miles east of Auburn.

Evacuation centers

Placer County

Sierra College — 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin, CA 95677 (Parking in Lot B, the shelter will be in the Building J cafeteria)

El Dorado County

Cameron Park Services District — 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682. Overnight shelter, meals, showers, limited health services and parking for trailers will be provided. Animals in crates and carriers will also be accepted.

Green Valley Community Church — 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA. This location with accept human and small domestic animals on leashes or in creates. No Large animal and no birds. Limited RV parking and no hookups.

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Animal evacuation centers

Placer County

  • Gold Country Fairgrounds — 209 Fairgate Road, Auburn, California
    • People can start to pick up their animals starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday
  • Diamond Springs Shelter (small animals only) — 6435 Capitol Avenue, Diamond Springs, CA 95619
  • Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center (equines only) — Call for information: 916-985-7334
  • Flying M Ranch (large animals only) — 5421 Buck Mountain Road, Placerville, CA 95667

Road Closures

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said hard road closures are in place on Foresthill Road and Lincoln Way in Auburn. There are also closures at the Old Foresthill Road at the Confluence.

The eastbound Interstate 80 offramp to Foresthill Road is closed due to the fire.

(Click through the gallery below for a glimpse at the firefight.)

Large Mosquito Fire flare-up spotted

KCRA 3 Photojournalist John Breedlove earlier this week captured a large flare-up from the Mosquito Fire.

A massive column of smoke could be seen coming up from those flames. That flare-up has since destroyed vehicles and structures near Foresthill High School.

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Foresthill students take classes in Auburn

High school is tough enough without students having to worry about their town or school burning in a massive wildfire.

Yet, for 200 Foresthill High School students, they are now taking classes at Placer High in Auburn while the town of Foresthill remains under an evacuation order because of the Mosquito Fire.

“The first few days, I wasn’t able to focus because the fire kept getting closer and closer to our town,” said Foresthill sophomore Bryce Dowling. Full story here.

Foresthill resident who didn’t evacuate recalls terrifying flare-up

Mitch Griffith has lived in the town of Foresthill in Placer County for the last 22 years.

He is also one of the residents who chose to stay put when mandatory evacuations were issued for his home when the Mosquito Fire began threatening that area.

“Tuesday morning was a great morning,” Griffith said. “It was beautiful. Everything was great, and then this fire jumped up.” Full story here.

El Dorado County and Placer County residents can check if their home is destroyed

Residents in El Dorado and Placer counties can check if their homes have been damaged, destroyed, or still intact.

The sheriff’s offices for both counties released their own respective interactive maps that let you click on homes that are color-coded based on the amount of damage. Damaged or destroyed homes will also include pictures showing what the house looks like. Homes without damage will not have their pictures posted.

View the El Dorado County map below. App users, click here.

View the Placer County map below. App users, click here.

State of emergency declared

Placer County issued a local emergency due to the blaze.

“A local emergency proclamation asserts continuing risk to life and property and that the response is beyond the capabilities of local resources,” a release from the county said. “Placer’s proclamation requests state and federal assistance, but neither a state nor a federal disaster has yet been declared that would authorize individual disaster assistance for residents and businesses.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom also declared a state of emergency in Placer and El Dorado counties due to the fires. With the state of emergency declared, that opens up federal resources to assist in combating the fire.

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PG&E files incident report to CPUC

It’s still unclear how the Mosquito Fire started. However, PG&E filed a report with the state’s public utility commission for a pole near where the fire started.

The U.S. Forest Service had placed “caution tape around the base of a PG&E transmission pole” the report said on Thursday. “Thus far, PG&E has observed no damage or abnormal conditions to the pole or our facilities near Oxbow Reservoir, has not observed down conductor in the area or any vegetation related issues.”

PG&E is investigating.

Here’s a look at the current air quality in Northern California

Smoke from the Mosquito Fire burning in Placer and El Dorado counties will continue to impact areas across the Sacramento region, according to Spare the Air. The Sacramento Metropolitan, El Dorado, Feather River, Placer and Yolo-Solano air districts forecast unhealthy air quality for parts of the region.

| MORE | Sacramento region’s air quality impacted by unhealthy smoke from the Mosquito Fire

SOURCE: https://www.kcra.com/article/mosquito-fire-evacuations-placer-el-dorado-county-september-18/41269976

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