Evacuations issued in Colfax due to potential debris flow in River Fire burn area

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COLFAX, Calif. (KTXL) — The Placer County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders for areas near the River Fire burn area due to potential debris flow. 

Residents in the Colfax area of Hillcrest Boulevard, south from 1565 Hillcrest Blvd to Spring Valley Road, Spring Valley Road from Milk Ranch road, Ben Taylor to the Bear River are to evacuate.

Officials expected the possibility of evacuations and debris flow from wildfire burn areas and warned residents ahead of time. 

“We need to notify our residents on the downhill side of the River Fire burn area that there is a high probability of debris flows,” Placer County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Nelson Resendes told FOX40. 

The sheriff’s office said the large amount of rain in the burn scar area forced them to make that decision.

“Earlier in the summer, a  lot of homes were lost, and we don’t think there is a lot of inhabitant dwellings, currently, but we did send the alert out anyway,” Resendes explained. 

The River Fire burned more than 2,500 acres in Placer and Nevada counties and damaged the ecosystem of the area, forcing burn scar runoff and the potential for mudslides to occur.

“This was probably going to happen, just be warned, and sure enough here we are,” Resendes said.

Due to the small number of people impacted by the order, there is no evacuation shelter.

Officials will continue to monitor the situation daily and let people back when it’s safe.

For up-to-date evacuations, see the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Evacuation Map.

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