Evacuation Orders Lifted for Lightning Fires in Plumas County

Aug 21, 2013 12:22 PM

As of 7 p.m. last night, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office lifted evacuation orders for the town of Taylorsville and surrounding areas.

At the height for the fires nearly 100 residential structures were threatened along with 125 outbuildings near Taylorsville. Fire crews were able to prevent a single structure from being destroyed.

The Forest Service credits the lifting of the orders to diligent fire suppression efforts and favorable weather conditions. The mandatory evacuation order has been lifted for residents living in the south side of Main Street from Johnson Ranch Road to Cemetery Road and from Main Street to Hodgkins Street.

As far as the fire numbers in the county, The Ridge Fire grew in size to 275 acres with 0 percent containment. The Service has indicated they are working on a containment lines for that fire and the fire has stabilized. The acreage increase largely occurred the afternoon of August 19, and because of better mapping capabilities the acreage of the fire was increased. The Heights Fire is holding at 162 acres at 30 percent containment. The Johnson Fire remains at 140 acres with 95 percent containment. The Keddie Fire is at 18 acres and the Mountain and Ruby Fires at 1 acre. All three of those fires are 100 percent contained.

The service also indicated a new fire, the Evans at 2 acres, materialized yesterday and was contained.

The only hard closure which remain is the road closure of the China Grade Immigrant Cut Off.

A community meeting is scheduled for today, Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm. The location for the community meeting will be at the Community Center Grange Hall at Taylorsville.


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