Evacuees Allowed Back Home Following Fire Near Clipper Gap

APPLEGATE --Tuesday's fire in the Clipper Gap area near Auburn was only accessible by narrow dirt roads, and from the air where tankers dropped water on it.

The fire was limited to a property at the end Clipper Gap Road. At least one structure was destroyed there.

"The fire guys were on it very quickly," said Lt. Josh Barnhart of the Placer County Sheriff's Office. "The planes were already up in the air."

Homes on several streets were evacuated in the late afternoon when the fire was active.

"You know, you try to grab what you can," said evacuee Debra Twardus. "The kids pictures, the baby books, the animals of course number one, and that's it. But then you hesitate. What else can I grab?"

Roads in the area were reopened and residents allowed to return home at about 6 p.m.

"And now I get to go home, thank the Lord," said a very grateful Twardus.

"To turn around and see all these fire trucks. They were on it, and...you just want to say thank you to everyone around."

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.