September 24 2021 03:30 pm

Evacuations remain in place as Airola Fire in Calaveras County burns 710 acres

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The Airola Fire reduced to 700 acres and is now 25% contained, the Calaveras County Office of Emergency Services said in a statement Thursday evening.

All evacuation orders issued for the fire will be downgraded to evacuation warnings at 8 p.m. Thursday. All other evacuation warnings remain in place.

Parrotts Ferry Road, from Highway 4 to the South County line will re-open at 8 p.m.

PG&E have re-energized the Parrots Ferry area, OES said.

Original story below:

CALAVERAS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — The Airola Fire burning in Calaveras County is 710 acres and 10% contained.

The fire started Wednesday, west of Columbia near Parrotts Ferry Road, north of Parrotts Ferry Bridge in Vallecito, Cal Fire said.

Michelson Elementary School and the Vallecito Transition School are closed Thursday out of caution, school officials said.

No structures have been damaged, but Cal Fire officials said Thursday the flames are threatening 200 structures.

Crews observed “extreme fire behavior” Wednesday afternoon, Cal Fire said. Dry fuels and steep terrain made the overnight firefighting a challenge.

Evacuations were ordered Wednesday in Vallecito. Douglas Flat and Murphys were placed under an evacuation warning. 

On Thursday, evacuations were ordered for Parrot’s Ferry from the southern county line to Highway 4 (including portions of Vallecito), extending east to the Camp Nine Area, and extending west to the Redhill Road area. Evacuation warnings were in place for areas north and east of the mandatory evacuation area, extending from near Grant Ln and Hwy 4 to the north, Coyote Creek Rd to the west and Pennsylvania Gulch to the east.

Mark Twain Elementary School in Angels Camp is being used as a shelter and a temporary evacuation point is at Arnold at the Independence Hall.

“Calaveras County Animal Services has established an Animal Evacuation Center at the Calaveras County Animal Services Shelter for small animals in San Andreas and the Frogtown Fairgrounds for large animals in Angels Camp,” the sheriff’s office said.

Residents can sign up for their county’s CodeRed emergency alert system for evacuation information using the links below.

Updates can also be found on the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

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