Mon., Aug. 31 UPDATE 11:30 AM
A new evacuation shelter is opening at the Auburn Recreation District's Chana Gym, 3770 Richardson Dr., Auburn. This operation will provide overnight sheltering for people affected by the fire.
Placer County is also working to open a local assistance center where those who suffered losses as a result of the 49er Fire can get help. The center will be something of a one-stop shop where those affected can meet with necessary local, state and federal agencies. The center will be in the Placer County DeWitt Government Center in Building 318, which is located at 2nd Street and F Avenue in Auburn. The center is expected to open at 9 AM.
Sun., Aug 30, UPDATE 9 PM
A wildfire that started at approximately 2:19 this afternoon has burned approximately 275 acres in North Auburn and destroyed 60 residential and commercial structures. The fire, which is being managed by Cal Fire, was 50 percent contained as of 9 PM. Foreward progress of the fire has been stopped and total containment is not expected until the morning of Tues., Sept. 1, 2009. Highway 49 will likely open on the morning of Mon., Aug. 31.
Currently, evacuations are in place for Dry Creek Road, east of Highway 49 and south of Dry Creek to Windsong Court.
The evacuation of the Saddleback area has been lifted to local residents only and access can only be made through Virginia Street.
The Placer County Sheriffs Office will have additional patrols through the burn area through the evening.
Placer County has declared a state of local emergency and requested that the governor’s office declare a state emergency.
An overnight shelter has been established at Calvary Chapel of Auburn, 202 Dairy Road, in Auburn. The Red Cross will be managing the shelter.
Streets that will remain closed through the night are:
- Parkway Drive,
- Greenstone Court,
- Griffin, and
- Dry Creek from Saddleback to Highway 49.
Personnel and Equipment:
- 300 firefighters,
- 51 engines,
- 2 dozers,
- 9 tankers, and
- 14 aircraft, including 7 tankers, 6 helicopters, and 1 command aircraft.
For additional information call the Cal Fire information line at 530-823-4083