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Containment grows on Rices Fire in Nevada County | Evacuations, maps, updates

Favorable weather conditions helped against the Rices Fire in Nevada County.

NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — Favorable weather conditions bolstered the fight against the Rices Fire in Nevada County on Sunday. Crews were able to boost containment to 55%.

It's been five days since the Rices Fire started Tuesday near Rices Crossing in Nevada County. The blaze is no longer threatening any buildings in the area, according to a Cal Fire update.

Five homes have already been destroyed along with eight minor structures. One other structure was damaged, according to CalFire.

On Sunday, crews were able to do a more aggressive mop-up of the fire and reinforcement their containment lines.

The wildfire began with a building fire Tuesday in Nevada County near the Yuba River. It burned that building and three nearby outbuildings, fire officials said. The fire burned down to the Yuba River but did not cross over into neighboring Yuba County.

More than a dozen firefighters have suffered dehydration and other heat-related injuries, authorities said.

Evacuation orders had been issued for homes in small nearby communities but some of those orders were lifted Thursday as firefighters made progress.

KEY FIGURES:

  • Acres: 904
  • Containment: 55%
  • Firefighter Injuries: 15
  • Civilian injuries: 1
  • Structures destroyed: 13

STAY INFORMED:

Evacuation Map

Live updates on evacuations can be found through the Zonehaven map below.

Evacuation Centers

  • Madelyn Helling Library at 980 Helling Way
  • Nevada County Fairgrounds at McCourtney Road open to animal shelters

Road Closures

  • Pleasant Valley Road at Birchville
  • Pleasant Valley Road at Bridgeport
  • Birchville Road at Hwy. 49
  • Pleasant Valley Road between Birchville Road and Bridgeport is open to residents only, with valid ID - this will be monitored by Grass Valley California Highway Patrol officers.

FIRE MAP

This wildfire map was created using data from NASA, NGA, USGS and FEMA.

Watch: Rices Fire | How California firefighters are fighting the fire in Nevada County

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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