‘Dangerous rate of spread’: Electra Fire evacuation orders issued in Amador and Calaveras counties

The Electra Fire erupted Monday “with a dangerous rate of spread” in dry grass near the Amador and Calaveras county line south of Jackson, prompting evacuation orders in both counties and threatening 100 structures, authorities said. As night fell, power was out for approximately 13,100 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers in Jackson and other parts of Amador County. Fire burns in rough terrain along Electra Road near Highway 49 and sent a large plume of smoke into the air that could be seen across the greater Sacramento area. Cal Fire said the fire had grown to 959 acres at 7:20 p.m. It was 300 acres at 6:30 p.m. The fire had been spreading rapidly since about 3:44 p.m. According to Cal Fire, an initial responder was hospitalized. with “minor to moderate injuries” as 104 people battle the fire. Several Sacramento-area agencies are sending crews to help with the fire. said Cal Fire. “The steep and rugged terrain makes access difficult by land, but firefighters are getting there. Air resources are dwindling to slow the spread.” As crews tackled the flames, about 100 people were stuck for several hours at a PG&E station along Electra Road near where the blaze started, the county sheriff’s office said. from Amador. They were at Box Beach enjoying the river and moved to the station for safety reasons. All were safely evacuated from the building. Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan said there was plenty of dry fuel in the area. But he said it was not a wind-driven fire. Earlier this year, Finan spoke with Amador County Sheriff Gary Redman, who warned his county was overdue for a fire after recent close calls. happen is just when it happens,” Redman had said. Here are the evacuation orders from Electra Fire. ‘an evacuation order is issued, it means that there is an immediate threat to livelihoods. Evacuation is mandatory in this case. When an evacuation warning is issued, it means that fire behavior could threaten nearby homes and businesses. During a warning, evacuations are not required, but are encouraged. Amador County The Jackson Fire Department has listed the following areas as being subject to an evacuation order: Ponderosa Way Butte Mountain Road area Amador Lane Parts of Clinton Road Cal Fire later said evacuations were mandatory on all roads south of Butte Mountain Road, from South Clinton Road to Amador Lane. before 7 p.m. Cal Fire said a two-mile radius around Tabeaud Lake was also under an evacuation order. This includes these areas:Amador LaneFig Tree LanePonderosa WayClinton RoadTabeau Road to Clinton Bar RoadWhere people and animals can seek refuge in Amador CountyThe Italian Picnic Ground, located at 581 Highway 49 in Sutter Creek, is the place where people can take shelter. Residents can bring large and small animals to the Amador County Fairgrounds. Calaveras County Cal Fire said evacuations are ordered north of Highway 26 from Montgomery Drive to Lower Dorray Road. The Calaveras County Office of Emergency Services said the order is in effect for evacuation zones 103, 104, 358, 352, 350, 340 and 341. Click here for the latest information. The Red Cross said people can seek refuge at San Andreas City Hall at 24 Church Hill Road. “It’s a little scary at first, but the firefighters seem to be doing pretty well,” said Josh Newlun, who evacuated his home. He said he had faith that his house would be saved. Here are the Electra Fire road closures.South Clinton Road at Butte Mountain RoadElectra Road at Hwy 49Hwy 26 at Montgomery DriveHere’s where to find the latest Electra Fire information.Amador County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook.FIRIS Twitter account.Cal Fire AEU on Twitter. Sign up for CodeRED Amador County Emergency Notifications here. Sign up for Calaveras alert notifications here. Calaveras County Office of Emergency Services on Facebook. Content related to forest fires. Northern California Wildfire 2022 Resources: Where to Find County Evacuation Information, Maps, Alerts, and MoreCalifornia Wildfire 2022 Preparedness Guide: What to Know and How to Stay safe

The Electra Fire erupted Monday “with a dangerous rate of spread” in dry grass near the Amador and Calaveras county line south of Jackson, prompting evacuation orders in both counties and threatening 100 structures, authorities said.

As night fell, power was out for approximately 13,100 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers in Jackson and other parts of Amador County.

The fire is burning in rough terrain along Electra Road near Highway 49 and has sent a large plume of smoke into the air that could be seen in the greater Sacramento area.

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Cal Fire said the fire had grown to 959 acres as of 7:20 p.m. It was 300 acres at 6:30 p.m. The fire had been moving rapidly since about 3:44 p.m.

According to Cal Fire, a first responder was hospitalized with “minor to moderate injuries” as 104 personnel battle the blaze. Several Sacramento-area agencies are sending crews to help fight the fire.

Crews were dispatched to the South Fork of the Mokelumne River and saw the Electra Fire “burn at a dangerous rate of spread in the drainage moving south,” Cal Fire said. “The steep and rugged terrain makes access difficult by land, but firefighters are getting there. Air resources are dwindling to slow the spread.”

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As crews tackled the flames, about 100 people were stuck for several hours at a PG&E station along Electra Road near where the blaze started, the county sheriff’s office said. from Amador. They were at Box Beach enjoying the river and moved to the station for safety reasons. All were safely evacuated from the building.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan said there was plenty of dry fuel in the area. But he said it wasn’t a fire caused by the wind.

Earlier this year, Finan spoke with Amador County Sheriff Gary Redman, who warned his county was overdue for a fire after recent close calls.

“It’s not a question of if it’s going to happen, it’s just when it will happen,” Redman had said.

Here are the evacuation orders from Electra Fire.

Cal Fire said Monday afternoon that “evacuations are underway” and have since expanded. When an evacuation order is issued, it means there is an immediate threat to livelihoods. Evacuation is mandatory in this case. When an evacuation warning is issued, it means fire behavior could threaten nearby homes and businesses. During a warning, evacuations are not mandatory but they are encouraged.

Amador County

The Jackson Fire Department has listed the following areas as being under an evacuation order:

  • Ponderosa Way
  • Butte Mountain Road area
  • Amador Alley
  • Parts of Clinton Road

Cal Fire later said evacuations were mandatory on all roads south of Butte Mountain Road, from South Clinton Road to Amador Lane.

Just before 7 p.m., Cal Fire said a two-mile radius around Lake Tabeaud was also under an evacuation order.

This includes these areas:

  • Amador Alley
  • Alley of fig trees
  • Ponderosa Way
  • Clinton Road
  • Tabeau Road to Clinton Bar Road

Where People and Animals Can Seek Refuge in Amador County

  • The Italian Picnic Ground, located at 581 Route 49 in Sutter Creek, is where people can take shelter.
  • Residents can bring large and small animals to the Amador County Fairgrounds.

Calaveras County

Cal Fire said evacuations are ordered north of Highway 26 from Montgomery Drive to Lower Dorray Road.

The Calaveras County Office of Emergency Services said the order is in effect for evacuation zones 103, 104, 358, 352, 350, 340 and 341. Click here for the latest information.

The Red Cross said people can seek refuge at San Andreas City Hall at 24 Church Hill Road.

“It’s a little scary at first, but the firefighters seem to be doing pretty well,” said Josh Newlun, who evacuated his home. He said he had faith that his house would be saved.

Here are the Electra Fire road closures.

  • South Clinton Road to Butte Mountain Road
  • Electra Road at Highway 49
  • Highway 26 at Montgomery Drive

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