Mosquito Fire Spreads North as Fire Forces 11,000 to Evacuate in California

Sept 11, 7:45 AM

Scientists took to the skies to observe the huge, 40,000-foot-tall pyrocumulus clouds emitted by the Mosquito Fire, and someone spoke to SFGATE about the phenomenon.

“It really hit everyone on the plane pretty hard how huge and devastating the fire was,” said Alan Brewer, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “It was like flying right past the wall of the Grand Canyon.”

Researchers are trying to learn more about the devastating California wildfires by making aerial observations. Read the full story here.

Mosquito Fire Spreads North as Winds Increase

Sept 11, 6:50 AM

Violent winds pushed the Mosquito Fire to the north and northeast, causing the massive California wildfire closer to communities around Foresthill.

According to a nightly update from Cal Fire, the crews are working “to keep the fire on Volcano Road and north of Quintette.”

“Firefighters have been working diligently to build control lines along the Foresthill Road area and for the head of the fire to the north and northeast,” the update said. “Yesterday, a spot fire started near Chicken Hawk and firefighters are able to contain the fire with the help of bulldozers and airplanes. [Saturday].”

Saturday saw a decrease in high temperatures and low humidity in the region, allowing crews to better control the southern part of the fire. Bulldozer lines were built there, and lines laid in previous fires in Tahoe National Forest also helped crews make a profit from the blaze. As of the last mapping on Saturday night, the fire has burned 37,326 acres. There is no inclusion.

New Placer County Evacuation Orders and Warnings

10 Sept. 6:45 pm

New evacuation orders and warnings have been issued issued by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. The latest evacuation orders, announced Saturday evening, apply to zones 21 and 22. Evacuation warnings have also been issued for zones 23 and 25. View the latest warnings and orders here.

As of Saturday, 11,117 people have been evacuated from areas in Placer and El Dorado counties threatened by the Mosquito Fire. Crews made progress Friday by building a containment line on the northwest side of the fire, and fire growth slowed overnight as temperatures dropped and humidity increased.

However, higher winds from an approaching low-pressure system are expected to fan the fire and increase fire activity Saturday, according to an update released by Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer and Amador-El Dorado units, Tahoe and El Dorado National. Forests and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

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