Mosquito fire growth slows as weather improves

The Mosquito Fire burning in Placer and El Dorado counties grew more slowly Friday and overnight as it devoured dry landscapes, destroying homes and sending thousands of residents fleeing. The wildfire, which started Tuesday evening north of Oxbow Reservoir, had burned nearly 34,000 acres Saturday morning and remains contained at 0%, making it one of the biggest wildfires of the season so far. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has extended its air advisory to Saturday to account for the incoming plume of smoke and mist.

We’ll be reporting on all the latest news on the Mosquito Fire and other major California wildfires throughout the day.

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Friday’s weather change resulted in slower growth for Mosquito Fire

While the Mosquito Fire exploded over 21,000 acres on Thursday and another 8,500 acres on Friday, its growth slowed to just 4,200 acres overnight through Saturday morning. Firefighters explained in town hall with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, increased humidity coupled with lower temperatures and slower winds helped slow the fire. Rob Scott, fire analyst at Cal Fire, said Thursday was “a big day” for growth, with the temperature reaching 95 degrees with 15% humidity and six-mile-per-hour winds all contributing to the spread of fire. But on Friday, he said, all those conditions improved. The temperature dropped to 88, with 20% humidity and winds below 3 miles per hour. “It’s a good day considering what we’ve seen,” he said. In the future, fire behavior will depend on what wind and smoke do, he said. If the smoke stays above the fire, it means the fire is capped and its behavior will be more like Friday’s calm behavior.

Mosquito Fire reaches 33,700 acres Saturday morning

The Mosquito Fire burning in El Dorado and Placer counties grew to more than 33,700 acres overnight — up from 29,500 Friday night — and is still 0% contained, according to Call Fire. The Sierra Foothills Wildfire, which started Tuesday evening north of Oxbow Reservoir in Placer County, erupted on Friday, sending thousands of residents fleeing with little or no time to collect their belongings. It continued to burn uncontrollably, without containment, and temperatures were expected to remain above 100 degrees with low humidity on Saturday, making it difficult to attack the blaze in steep terrain, officials said.

Cooler temperatures and rain in Southern California help quell deadly Fairview fire

Firefighters have made significant progress against Fairview Fire in Riverside County on Friday as humidity from Tropical Storm Kay “significantly reduced” fire activity, according to Cal Fire, and the fire is now 40% contained. Cooler temperatures are also expected through the weekend as California’s scorching heat wave recedes. The deadly Fairview Fire burned nearly 30,000 acres, destroyed or damaged 17 structures, injured one person and killed two people. Evacuation orders are still in place.

Firefighters make progress on mill and mountain fires in Siskiyou County

Just over a week into their start, firefighters have made progress against the deadly Mill blaze, which killed two people and destroyed the Lincoln Heights neighborhood in Weed, as well as the nearby Mountain Fire. The Factory Fire has burned nearly 4,000 acres and is 85% contained, and the Mountain Fire has burned over 11,000 acres and is 60% contained. The area where both fires are burning is under a red flag warning for Saturday due to high winds and low humidity, although temperatures are expected to cool over the weekend.

One of Placer County’s two animal evacuation centers reaches capacity

The Placer County Animal Shelter posted on Twitter As of Friday night, he was accepting no more new intakes as thousands of people and their pets evacuated due to the Mosquito fire. “We are currently caring for nearly 190 pets evacuated from the #MosquitoFire,” the shelter said. “Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers provide the best possible care for these pets.” Placer County’s other pet shelter, the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, is still open.

How will the Mosquito Fire affect Bay Area air quality this weekend?

Impacts from the fire quickly spread far beyond the fire’s perimeter, with air quality reaching dangerous AQI levels above 300 in parts of the Sacramento Valley. Even the Bay Area is experiencing some of these impacts on Saturday, with moderate air quality levels of 50 to 100 expected across North Bay, East Bay, the San Francisco Peninsula, South Bay and the Santa Mountains. Cruz. Adding to the smoke issues, the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Kay which brought extreme weather to Southern California is now shifting upper level winds over the rest of California. Learn more about how all of these events will affect the Bay Area’s weather and air quality this weekend.

High smoke from the Mosquito Fire is expected to continue moving through the Bay Area on Saturday.

Weather Pivot

Nevada officials: ‘Stay indoors with windows and doors closed’

Washoe County health officials in western Nevada issued a Stage 2 Emergency Episode Alert on Friday afternoon due to the Mosquito Fire burning west of Lake Tahoe . Air quality in the Reno-Sparks area is expected to gradually worsen Saturday and Sunday, according to the bulletin.

Nearly 6,000 people evacuated from Mosquito Fire

About 5,700 people have been evacuated from areas affected by the Mosquito Fires, according to Placer County Sheriff Lt. Josh Barhhart in an afternoon. update. Evacuation orders are in place in the Foresthill and Todd Valley areas.

Over 90,000 California school children affected by wildfires

According to a report by the education site, at least 14 California school districts across six counties closed classrooms this week due to wildfires burning across the state. EdSource. More than 90,500 students from 119 schools have been sent home, said Tim Taylor, executive director of the Small School District Association.

Mosquito Fire Evacuees Fill Evacuation Center

Late Friday afternoon, about 70 Mosquito Fire evacuees were staying at Bell Road Baptist Church in Auburn, with many more sleeping outside in their vehicles and trailers. Another evacuation center had been closed earlier in the day after the Foresthill site fell into the evacuation warning zone. Jim and Cheryl Pocock said the parking lot at the Auburn venue was full Thursday night. The couple from the Todd Valley community evacuated shortly after the fire broke out and slept on cots and air mattresses in the parking lot. They hoped that their house would not be destroyed. Friday afternoon, the flames had not reached Todd Valley.