WEIMAR, Calif. — The Placer County Sheriff's Office evacuated a portion of Live Oak Road due to a wildfire near Colfax Monday.
Authorities said the Oak Fire is around 15 acres in size. The fire is burning near Live Oak Road and Interstate 80 in Weimar, near Colfax with 0% containment. Firefighters said a commercial vehicle fire extended into the vegetation.
Evacuation orders are in effect for Live Oak Road, east of One Fine Place. Earlier evacuation warnings were lifted, and other areas under an evacuation order have been downgraded to warnings.
An updated map for evacuations from the sheriff's office is available below or by clicking HERE.
Oak Fire evacuations orders are in place for Live Oak Road, east of One Fine Place.
This map from the National Interagency Fire Center shows fire activity (this may take a few seconds to load):
According to Cal Fire, the 2021 fire season started earlier than previous years, but also ended earlier, as well. January 2021 saw just under 1,200 acres burned from nearly 300 wildfires. Fires picked up in the summer when the Dixie Fire burned in five Northern California counties — Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen and Tehama. The Dixie Fire started on July 13 and wasn't contained until Oct. 25, burning nearly 1 million acres. It has since become the second-largest wildfire in state history and the largest non-complex fire.
Overall, 2.5 million acres were burned in 2021 from 8,835 wildfires. Over 3,600 structures were destroyed and 3 people were killed.
If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, and supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and knowing your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.
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