Firefighters seeing ‘a much calmer scene’ as containment grows on Yuba County Glen Fire

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The Latest – Thursday, Aug. 12:

5:05 p.m.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Office has lifted most evacuation orders previously issued for the Glen Fire.

The Willow Glen corridor from Timothy Lane on the north end to Skyglen Drive on the south end is still under a mandatory evacuation order, the sheriff’s office said.

Willow Glen Road at Timothy Lane and at Skyglen Drive, as well as Sunset Road at Begonia Way, are still closed to traffic.

Original story below:

YUBA COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Fire crews are making some progress on containing a fast-moving fire near Frenchtown that forced Yuba County residents and campers to evacuate Wednesday.

Thursday morning, the Glen Fire, burning in the area of Willow Glen Road and Meadow Lane, was 209 acres and 15% contained.

Cal Fire reports over 1,000 structures are threatened by the blaze and teams are still determining if any structures have been damaged or destroyed. A photo posted by the Dobbins Oregon Fire Protection District clearly shows at least one structure ablaze.

Wednesday evening, fire crews were confident about the progress made since the fire’s start in the afternoon. The Yuba County Sheriff’s office said Thursday morning, crews were seeing “a much calmer scene along the ridge north of Oregon House.”

Dry fuels, including dead trees, and steep terrain made the firefight difficult. Fire officials credit the increase in humidity for helping them gain some control. 

Air attack was relentless throughout Wednesday afternoon and into the evening. Cal Fire said multiple bulldozers are helping hand crews build out the fire line.

Information on evacuations can be found on the county’s Zonehaven map and are in red. All evacuation warnings in Yuba County have since been lifted, the sheriff’s office said.

Willow Glen Road from Frenchtown Road to Marysville Road has been closed to traffic, as has Frenchtown Road from Willow Glen Road to Thousand Trails.

A temporary evacuation center was set up at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds at 442 Franklin Ave. in Yuba City. Residents with large animals can take them to Sheriff’s Posse Arena at 5419 Marysville Road in Browns Valley.

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