Rices Fire burns in Nevada County | Maps, Updates, Evacuations
As wildfire containment intensified overnight, crews will face 22mph gusts of wind as they attempt to protect 10 structures still under threat on Saturday.
NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — Firefighters battling the 904-acre Rices Fire in Nevada County saw their confinement increase Saturday.
The Rices Fire, which started Tuesday near Rices Crossing in Nevada County, is 35 percent contained.
Fire officials say crews were able to take advantage of favorable weather conditions, which allowed them to aggressively mop up the blaze and reinforce containment lines.
Firefighters hope the rising humidity and falling temperatures will help them protect 10 structures that would still be at risk from the Rices Fire, the state’s largest active wildfire on Saturday. 13 structures have already been destroyed and another damaged, CalFire said in a Saturday morning update.
The wildfire started Tuesday with a building fire in Nevada County near the Yuba River. It burned that building and three nearby outbuildings, firefighters said. The fire burned as far as the Yuba River but did not cross into neighboring Yuba County.
More than a dozen firefighters suffered from dehydration and other heat-related injuries, authorities said.
Evacuation orders had been issued for 250 homes in small nearby communities, but some of those orders were lifted on Thursday as firefighters made progress.
About 132 animals also found refuge at the county fairgrounds.
- Acres: 904
- Containment: 35%
- Firefighter injuries: 15
- Civilian injuries: 1
- Structures destroyed: 13
Residents of Nevada County’s E029 area along Rices Crossing, Troost Trail, Den Court, Mark Court and Cranston Road are still under evacuation orders.
Residents of CSP-E028 area north of South Yuba River and Pleasant Valley Road, south of Cranston Road, east of Yuba River, Cranston Road and Rices Crossing Road and west of Pleasant Valley Road are also still under evacuation orders.
People living in areas NCO-E029-B and NCO-E329 in Nevada County are on evacuation warnings.
These areas include neighborhoods south of Birchville Road on Pleasant Valley Road to Denn Court and south of Rices Crossing to Pleasant Valley Road. Areas north of Pleasant Valley Road and Jones Bar Road, south of the Middle Yuba River and Fair Haven Drive, and east of Pleasant Valley Road and Little Shady Drive are subject to weather warnings. evacuation.
Live updates on the evacuations can be found on the Zonehaven map below.
- Madelyn Helling Library at 980 Helling Way
- Nevada County Fairgrounds at McCourtney Road open to animal shelters
- Pleasant Valley Road in Birchville
- Pleasant Valley Road in Bridgeport
- Birchville Road to Hwy. 49
- Pleasant Valley Road between Birchville Road and Bridgeport is open to residents onlywith a valid ID – this will be monitored by Grass Valley California Highway Patrol officers.
This wildfire map was created using data from NASA, NGA, USGS, and FEMA.
Look: Rice Fire | How California firefighters are battling the blaze in Nevada County
PREPARATIONS FOR THE WILD FIRE
According to Cal Fire, the 2021 fire season started earlier than previous years, but also ended earlier. In January 2021, just under 1,200 acres burned due to nearly 300 wildfires. The fires resumed 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 was not brought under control until October 25, burning nearly a 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 an area prone to wildfires, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. A defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely clear. At least 100 feet is recommended.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests putting together an emergency kit of important documents, N95 respirator masks, and supplies to take with you if you have to leave at any time. The agency also suggests signing up for local alert system notifications and learning the best about your community’s evacuation plans to prepare you and your family in the event of a wildfire.
Some counties use Nixle Alerts to notify residents of severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your postcode to 888777 to start receiving alerts.
Read more: Are you ready for wildfires? Here’s what to do to prepare for fire season.
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