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One structure burns, evacuations ordered as wildfire sparks in Nevada County

Sacramento Bee logo Sacramento Bee 6/29/2022 Lucy Hodgman, The Sacramento Bee

A wildfire that sparked Tuesday in northwest Nevada County has prompted mandatory evacuations of homes and warnings to residents in neighboring Yuba County.

The Rices Fire, which started about 2 p.m. Tuesday, had grown to roughly 520 acres by 6:30 p.m., said Mary Eldrige, a spokeswoman for the Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba Placer Unit. She said firefighters had 0% of the fire contained.

The fire originated in the area of Rices Crossing and Cranston roads near Bridgeport, according to Cal Fire. Firefighters initially reported a “fully involved structure” at the scene, flames had spread into the vegetation with a moderate rate of spread.

Nevada County officials issued mandatory evacuations for Zones NCO-E029, CSP-E028, NCO-E329 and NCO-E383. “Generally, this is the area north of Pleasant Valley Rd from Bridgeport. East to Birchville Rd up to the Yuba County line,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post. Zones NCO-E327, NCO-E389, NCO-E331, NCO-N330, and CSP-E390 were under evacuation warnings. The latest on evacuation orders and warnings for the Rices Fire are posted online.

A temporary evacuation shelter for residents displaced by the Rices Fire was opened at the Madelyn Helling Library at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City, according to the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services.


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The Sheriff’s Office said displaced residents can take their animals to the Nevada County Fairgrounds at 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. Residents who need help getting animals to the fairgrounds can call sheriff’s dispatchers at 530-265-7880.

Sheriff’s officials said deputies would patrol the area of the Rices Fire overnight. Road closures remained in effect on Birchville Road at Highway 49 and Pleasant Valley Road at Bridgeport.

In Yuba County, authorities issued mandatory evacuations for Zones YUB-E098 and YUB-E095. These include areas include north of Marysville Road, Troost Trail, Fairhaven Drive, Lake Francis Road and south and east of Marysville Road.

Cal Fire’s Butte unit posted to social media around 3 p.m. that a large column of smoke could be seen from the fire, but that the blaze posed no danger to Butte County.

The Bee’s Rosalio Ahumada contributed to this report.

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