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Evacuations lifted and fire contained in Portola

The Plumas County Sheriff's Office says the fire sparked around 3:30 p.m. on June 18 on North Fourth Street.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 10:50 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2021 10:48 AM

UPDATED 5:07 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021 - The fire has been contained and all evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted now, according to the Plumas County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office said they wanted to thank the neighborhoods, the responders, and especially the Sierra County Sheriff's Office for the quick response and for assistance with their evacuation efforts.

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PORTOLA, Calif. - The Plumas County Sheriff's Office said evacuation orders remain in effect hours after a two-acre fire destroyed three structures in Portola.

The office said the fire sparked around 3:30 p.m. on Friday on North Fourth Street. Officials added the fire is threatening multiple structures and has spread into surrounding vegetation and trees.

Highway 70 has been shut down and an evacuation point has been set up at the Portola Station Baptist Church.

Officials said they have arrested one man, 29-year-old Eric Armstrong, for allegedly starting the fire.

He now faces one felony charge of unlawfully causing a fire that causes an inhabited structure to burn.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The sheriff's office said no one was injured in the fire.

Evacuation Orders:

  • East Sierra Avenue from North Second Street to Meadow Way
  • East Quincy Avenue between North Second Street to North Fourth Street Rheinfelder Street
  • West end of Rocky Point Road

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