The Latest – Thursday, Aug. 9
Cal Fire officials say the Bridge Fire has burned 411 acres and is now 75% contained.
All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted for the Bridge Fire. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for dry lighting Thursday evening through the weekend.
Original story below.
AUBURN, Calif. (KTXL) — The Bridge Fire, burning in Auburn, forced evacuations over the weekend after it sparked Sunday beneath the Foresthill Bridge, spreading across Foresthill Road.
It continued to burn Monday, leading to the temporary closure of one of the region’s most beloved state parks.
As of Monday afternoon’s update, the Bridge Fire stands at just over 400 acres and is 15% contained.
From the air and from the ground, firefighters made major headway on the fire over the last 24 hours. A few spot fires remained Monday, but all forward progress has been stopped.
When the fire started just after noon Sunday it sent thick smoke into the sky and led the Placer County Sheriff’s Office to evacuate about 500 people from the area, including from the popular Auburn State Recreation Area.
The Lake Clementine area remains under an evacuation order, according to Placer County officials. Clipper Gap and Applegate are under evacuation warnings.
The Department of Parks and Recreation said the Foresthill Bridge and nearby hiking trails are expected to remain closed at least throughout the night.
“Currently, there are no threats to any structures in and around the fire and no threat to in and around Foresthill and adjoining communities,” said Cal Fire Capt. Brian Estes.
Firefighters have had a large measure of success on the fire in part because of their strategy. Fire retardant dropped along Old Foresthill Road and the surrounding brush has helped increase containment.
One firefighter suffered minor injuries but is back on the front lines.
Cal Fire confirmed the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Quincy Page and others like him who live nearby were grateful for all the first responders who have worked to save the state park.
“It’s huge. I run down there; we do a lot of hiking. It’s definitely a big part of life,” Page told FOX40.