AUBURN, Calif — Firefighters have contained a series of fires that flared up along Auburn Folsom Road near Auburn in Placer County.
Some residents in the area were ordered to evacuate after three separate spot fires ignited along Auburn Folsom Road. Two of the fires were located within the Auburn city limits and the third in the state responsibility area, according to the Cal Fire Nevada Yuba Placer unit.
Authorities temporarily shut down Auburn Folsom Road – from Indian Hill Road to Powerhouse Road – while firefighters battled the flames. Power lines were also reportedly down in the area. Auburn Folsom Road was reopened just before 2:30 p.m. It was closed for approximately two hours.
Officials have not said how large the fire grew. There has been no word of damage to property or any possible injuries. The cause has not yet been determined.
Commuters are being asked to avoid the area as firefighters continue to douse hot spots and aerial water drops continue.
This story will be updated as more information is released.
According to Cal Fire, 2020 was one of the most severe fire seasons on record as 9,917 wildfires burned 4.2 million acres. Over 9,000 structures were destroyed, and 31 people (civilians and firefighters) were killed.
California also experienced its first "Gigafire" because of the August Complex Fire, burning over 1 million acres by itself. Four of California's top five largest wildfires in state history happened in 2020.
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.
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