Rices Fire in Nevada County prompts nearby evacuations

A vegetation fire that started Tuesday afternoon has prompted evacuations in Nevada County, according to Cal Fire, the state’s fire management agency. Brian Estes, a spokesperson for Cal Fire, said at a Tuesday evening briefing that the Rices Fire started around 2 pm near Rice’s Crossing Road just north of the south fork of the Yuba River Drainage. Hundreds of personnel are working on both the ground and air to halt the spread of the fire, Estes said. There is concern that the fire could get to the north part of the Yuba River Drainage. If that happens, it could start burning into Yuba County, and access to moving resources would become more difficult. When it sparked, the Rice Fire was burning in a north-northasterly direction, and there is another concern that the fire could start burning in the opposite direction into the night due to winds, Estes said. The fire has burned at least 510 acres as of 8 pm, and there are multiple spot fires, Cal Fire said. There is zero containment for the fire. Containment is not a measure of how much of the fire is extinguished but rather how much of a perimeter around the fire is established to prevent it from spreading. This started as a fully involved structure that extended into vegetation and is at a moderate rate of spread. There is a large response from fire crews that include aircraft as well as ground units. Cal Fire is still determining how many structures were destroyed or damaged. At least 500 structures remain threatened. LiveCopter 3 spotted a home fully engulfed around 5:13 pm Estes said the cause of the fire remains unknown. While earlier fires so far this season have burned in grassy vegetation, this one has been setting trees on fire, which the Northern California region has not seen so far this year. That typically does not happen until later in the summer, according to Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan. Around 6:15 pm, a tree fell in a burnt area of ​​Nevada County near KCRA 3’s Orko Manna while he was in the middle of a live hit. The community of Bridgeport is about 14 miles away from Nevada City. Rice Fire evacuations, road closures and evacuation points Evacuation orders as of 4:25 pm were issued for these areas: Birchville, Sweetland, French Corral, Bridgeport, Rice’s Crossing and the Buttermilk area .With evacuation orders, there is an immediate threat to life and you are required to leave immediately.Evacuation warnings as of 4:25 pm were issued for these areas: Sebastopol, North San Juan, New School, the Robinson area, Greater Tyler Foote , northern Purdon Road, Millhouse, Montezuma and Central Purdon. With evacuation warnings, you are not required to leave but are recommended to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice in case of dangerous fire behavior. In Yuba County, evacuation advisories were also issued in the area south of the New Bullards Bar Reservoir and south of Lake Francis, county officials tweeted at 4:41 pm An advisory means that residents should be on alert in case fire conditions become threatening. See all evacuation orders and warnings below. App users, click here. The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services opened a temporary evacuation point at the Madelyn Helling Library on 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.There are road closures in place on Pleasant Valley at Birchville and Pleasant Valley at Bridgeport.The Nevada County Fairgrounds is open to receive animals if you have been displaced by the fire, according to the sheriff’s office.Sign up for emergency alerts in Nevada County here.Related Video Below | Wildfire smoke picked up on radar| RELATED | 2022 Northern California wildfire resources: Where to find county evacuation info, maps, alerts and moreHow to minimize fire riskAcross the region, green fields have been turning to brown as grasses dry out. Grass fires will have the chance to spread quickly in conditions if a fire breaks out. People should avoid using power equipment during this period and make sure to remove any chains hanging off their cars.Cal Fire is also suspending burn permits for outdoor residential burning starting on Monday, May 23. This affects Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties.”We are experiencing drought conditions and extreme fire weather much earlier than usual for this time of year,” Cal Fire’s Amador-El Dorado division said. “Although debris burning is useful to reduce flammable vegetation, the conditions in the Amador-El Dorado Unit have reached the point where debris burning poses an unacceptable risk of starting a wildfire.”KCRA’s Fire Threat IndexKCRA 3’s weather team has developed a new tool the team will be using to keep you informed as fire conditions change. It’s called the Fire Threat Index. This will give you an idea of ​​the fire risk on any given day in different areas of our coverage region so you can plan ahead.| MORE LIKE THIS | 2022 California Wildfire Preparedness Guide: What to know and how to stay safeLearn more about our fire threat index and other information to keep you and your loved ones safe by watching our “Wildfire Ready” special.

A vegetation fire that started Tuesday afternoon has prompted evacuations in Nevada County, according to Cal Fire, the state’s fire management agency.

Brian Estes, a spokesperson for Cal Fire, said at a Tuesday evening briefing that the Rices Fire started around 2 pm near Rice’s Crossing Road just north of the south fork of the Yuba River Drainage.

Hundreds of personnel are working on both the ground and air to halt the spread of the fire, Estes said. There is concern that the fire could get to the north part of the Yuba River Drainage. If that happens, it could start burning into Yuba County, and access to moving resources would become more difficult.

When it sparked, the Rice Fire was burning in a north-northasterly direction, and there is another concern that the fire could start burning in the opposite direction into the night due to winds, Estes said.

The fire has burned at least 510 acres as of 8 pm, and there are multiple spot fires, Cal Fire said. There is zero containment for the fire.

Containment is not a measure of how much of the fire is extinguished but rather how much of a perimeter around the fire is established to prevent it from spreading.

This started as a fully involved structure that extended into vegetation and is at a moderate rate of spread. There is a large response from fire crews that include aircraft as well as ground units.

Cal Fire is still determining how many structures were destroyed or damaged. At least 500 structures remain threatened.

LiveCopter 3 spotted a home fully engulfed around 5:13 pm

Rices Fire in Nevada County burns home

Estes said the cause of the fire remains unknown.

While earlier fires so far this season have burned in grassy vegetation, this one has been setting trees on fire, which the Northern California region has not seen so far this year. That typically does not happen until later in the summer, according to Chief Meteorologist Mark Finan.

Around 6:15 pm, a tree fell in a burnt area of ​​Nevada County near KCRA 3’s Orko Manna while he was in the middle of a live hit.

The community of Bridgeport is about 14 miles away from Nevada City.

Rices Fire evacuations, road closures and evacuation points

Evacuation orders as of 4:25 pm were issued for these areas: Birchville, Sweetland, French Corral, Bridgeport, Rice’s Crossing and the Buttermilk area.

With evacuation orders, there is an immediate threat to life and you are required to leave immediately.

Evacuation warnings as of 4:25 pm were issued for these areas: Sebastopol, North San Juan, New School, the Robinson area, Greater Tyler Foote, northern Purdon Road, Millhouse, Montezuma and Central Purdon.

With evacuation warnings, you are not required to leave but are recommended to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice in case of dangerous fire behavior.

In Yuba County, evacuation advisories were also issued in the area south of the New Bullards Bar Reservoir and south of Lake Francis, county officials tweeted at 4:41 pm An advisory means that residents should be on alert in case fire conditions become threatening.

See all evacuation orders and warnings below. App users, click here.

The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services opened a temporary evacuation point at the Madelyn Helling Library on 980 Helling Way in Nevada City.

There are road closures in place on Pleasant Valley at Birchville and Pleasant Valley at Bridgeport.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is open to receive animals if you have been displaced by the fire, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sign up for emergency alerts in Nevada County here.

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How to minimize fire risk

Across the region, green fields have been turning to brown as grasses dry out. Grass fires will have the chance to spread quickly in conditions if a fire breaks out.

Firefighters are urgent people to be careful and make sure they have defensible space around their property. People should avoid using power equipment during this period and make sure to remove any chains hanging off their cars.

Cal Fire is also suspending burn permits for outdoor residential burning starting on Monday, May 23. This affects Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties.

“We are experiencing drought conditions and extreme fire weather much earlier than usual for this time of year,” Cal Fire’s Amador-El Dorado division said. “Although debris burning is useful to reduce flammable vegetation, the conditions in the Amador-El Dorado Unit have reached the point where debris burning poses an unacceptable risk of starting a wildfire.”

KCRA’s Fire Threat Index

KCRA 3’s weather team has developed a new tool the team will be using to keep you informed as fire conditions change. It’s called the Fire Threat Index. This will give you an idea of ​​the fire risk on any given day in different areas of our coverage region so you can plan ahead.

| MORE LIKE THIS | 2022 California Wildfire Preparedness Guide: What to know and how to stay safe


Learn more about our fire threat index and other information to keep you and your loved ones safe by watching our “Wildfire Ready” special.

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