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Evacuations in Placer, El Dorado counties as Mosquito Fire grows | Updates, Maps

Evacuations are in effect for areas in Placer County and El Dorado County for the Mosquito Fire that started Tuesday afternoon near Oxbow Reservoir.

PLACER COUNTY, Calif. — Saturday's updates are at  /article/news/local/wildfire/mosquito-fire-foresthill-georgetown-volcanoville-saturday/103-ac5d81c2-b4b9-4ba5-9e74-406168a73945

Sept. 7 article:

The Mosquito Fire in Placer County burned an estimated 5,705 acres as of Wednesday with no containment, according to Cal Fire.

Evacuations are in effect for areas in Placer County and El Dorado County. Cal Fire advised people who live near the fire to be prepared to evacuate if a warning or order is issued. 

The fire started Tuesday near Oxbow Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest.

Cal Fire said the blaze showed extreme fire behavior and managed to quadruple in size to over 4,000 acres. Fire crews spent time improving and building control lines. They were also assessing and preparing structures threatened by the flames.

Steep canyons and difficult terrain are among challenges that the firefight presents. Weather will provide its own challenges as temperatures remain extremely hot and dry overnight and into Thursday. Authorities said fire conditions are likely to replicate themselves overnight with low the fuel moistures in the area.

Stay Informed

Evacuation Map

Here is a map of evacuations from the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

A map of evacuations in El Dorado County is below.

Evacuation Centers

Placer County

  • Evacuation center: Bell Road Baptist Church at 707 Bell Road in Auburn
  • Placer County Animal Services Center at 11232 B Avenue in Auburn
  • El Dorado County Animal Shelter 6435 Capitol Avenue, Diamond Springs, CA
  • El Dorado Co Large Animal Shelter for evacuated homes only: Saureel Vineyards 1100 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA 95667 
  • Residents who are under an evacuation order and/or an evacuation warning can transport their large animals/livestock to the Nevada County Fairgrounds on 11228 McCourtney Road, in Grass Valley. Check in at Gate 8
    • No birds/chickens due to avian flu. 

El Dorado County

  • Bell Road Baptist Church, 707 Bell Rd, Auburn, CA 95603 

Fire Map

This map from ESRI shows fire activity (this may take a few seconds to load).

Wildfire Preps

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.

WATCH: What you need to know to prepare, stay safe for wildfires

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.

Some counties use Nixle alerts to update residents on severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your zip code to 888777 to start receiving alerts. 

Read more: Are you wildfire ready? Here's what to do to prepare for fire season.

PG&E customers can also subscribe to alerts via text, email, or phone call. If you're a PG&E customer, visit the Profile & Alerts section of your account to register.

What questions do you have about the latest wildfires? If you're impacted by the wildfires, what would you like to know? Text the ABC10 team at (916) 321-3310.

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