YUBA COUNTY, Calif. — Forward progress has stopped for a structure fire that turned into a vegetation fire in the Tahoe National Forest in Yuba County.
The fire broke out just south of Camptonville and east of New Bullards Bar Reservoir on Friday morning, according to the Yuba County Office of Emergency Services. The U.S Forest Service said the fire started as a structure fire and spread into vegetation, crossing over Highway 49. Firefighters say about 20 acres have burned so far and one structure has been damaged, the structure where the fire originated.
At around 8 p.m., the U.S. Forest Service said the fire is now 90% contained and now in the mop-up stage.
According to Caltrans, Highway 49 reopened as of 8 p.m. Saturday.
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 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, 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 know 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.
Yuba County residents can sign up for CodeRed Emergency Alerts HERE.
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.
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