September 24 2021 03:30 pm

Evacuations ordered as Washington Fire grows to 81 acres

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According to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington Fire is currently holding at 81 acres and is 5% contained.

Original story below.

TUOLUMNE COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — As Cal Fire crews worked on the Airola Fire in Calaveras County, the Washington Fire in Jamestown broke out Thursday afternoon, growing to 81 acres the same evening.

Evacuations were ordered in the city of Sonora, including all roads west of Stockton Road, and west of South Washington street. This includes all hotels in downtown Sonora.

Other evacuations included McKibbin Drive, Golf Links Road, North Drive, Crooked Lane, Alley Drive, Circle Drive and Golden Dove Lane in Tuolumne County.

Scott Miller and his family just moved from Phoenix to Mill Villa, located in-between Jamestown and Sonora, in March — now they’re evacuating from their new home.

“I went back in and got my wife and the two cats thrown together and whatever happened to be by the front door,” Miller said.

Miller told FOX40 he said a quick prayer before they left, unsure if they’ll have a home to go back to.

“They were in our complex burning along the creekside, so there were still flames right there,” Miller said. “Brush was still burning and a fire truck had just pulled into our complex. I could see planes were dropping water on our complex.”

As they left, a contingent of firefighters rushed past them, heading to the area.

Cal Fire reported the Washington Fire is at least 35 acres and growing fast. Thick plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away.

“I just drove through, running the horn and telling people they were evacuating,” Miller said.

The sheriff’s office said evacuations are in effect for these areas:

  • McKibbin Drive
  • Gold Links Road
  • North Drive
  • Crooked Lane
  • Alley Drive
  • Circle Drive
  • Golden Dove Lane
  • City of Sonora from west of Stockton Road to west of South Washington Street, including all roads in between. The evacuation includes all downtown hotels on Stockton and South Washington.
  • 108 up Stockton Road to Washington, S Washington to 108. This includes residences and motels on Stockton Road

Click or tap here to see the evacuation map.

Evacuation advisories are in effect for:

  • Panarama Road
  • Rough and Ready Trail
  • Gibbs Drive
  • Jamestown Road
  • Racetrack Road
  • City of Sonora

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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