Sep 11, 2013 11:23 AM
As of 8:00 a.m. this morning, the Clover Fire has slightly increased in acreage and is still 40% contained. Cal Fire stated this morning the 217 acre increase was not due to the spread of the fire, but increasingly better mapping capabilities. The goal for Cal Fire today is to continue building dozer lines around the fire’s perimeter.
Fire crews today are expecting a south wind which should blow some of the flames back into itself. Along with combating the fire in canyons in draws, Cal Fire indicated the biggest problem they face is handling people sneaking into the fire zone to check on their properties. The agency wanted to convey they understand the frustration and concerns of residents of the Happy Valley/Igo area, but they must respect the established evacuation orders and road closures for their safety.
The Clover Fire has destroyed 80 structures since it was first reported early Monday afternoon, 30 of those structures have been confirmed as residences. An additional 30 structures have been damaged. Approximately 300 structures remain threatened by the fire, but crews have largely stopped the rapid spread of the blaze.
All of the evacuation and road closures remain in effect. Once again those areas and roads include:
*Clear Creek Road and Cloverdale Road
*Everything southwest to Gas Point Road and Small Farms and Marsha Way
*Gas Point Road and Happy Valley Road
*Small Farms track south to Black Pine Road
*Cloverdale from Clear Creek to Oak
*Oak to Palm.
Over 1,300 personnel from 10 different agencies are assisting in gaining full containment of the Clover Fire. The cause of the fire continues to remain under investigation.
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