Updated 9/16/2022 8:31am
Placer County has proclaimed a local emergency, which was ratified by the Placer County Board of Supervisors September 13, due to the ongoing threat from the Mosquito Fire. Governor Gavin Newsom has also proclaimed a state of emergency for Placer and El Dorado counties due to the Mosquito Fire.
California has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Mosquito Fire burning in El Dorado and Placer counties. LEARN MORE
The fire near Foresthill has burned 69,908 acres, is 20% contained and threatens 9,236 structures. Foresthill and nearby communities in both Placer and El Dorado counties remain under evacuation orders and warnings (El Dorado residents can find information here). CAL FIRE NEU is in Unified Command with the USFS Tahoe National Forest, Foresthill Fire Protection District and Placer County Sheriff’s Office on the Mosquito Fire.
- Structures threatened: 9,236
- Structures destroyed: 73
- Structures damaged: 13
Firefighter personnel: 3,873
People evacuated: 11,277
View more incident information from InciWeb – Incident Information System.
Update for the residents of the Michigan Bluff Community: If you are a resident of the Michigan Bluff Community in Foresthill and live south of the intersection of Michigan Bluff Rd and Chickenhawk Rd please call 530-886-5390 to speak to a representative for updated information.
Placer County is committed to helping our residents affected by the Mosquito Fire recover as quickly and safely as possible. We’ve created a one-stop-shop for recovery information and we’ll continue to update it as new resources and information become available. https://www.placer.ca.gov/mosquitofirerecovery
Please reserve 9-1-1 for active emergencies only! General information can be found by dialing 2-1-1.
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Updated 09/16/22 8:03am
Firefighters continued to hold the Mosquito Fire within existing control lines along its western and southern flanks. The aggressive work of firefighters has minimized damage and further spread into affected communities along the fire’s edge. With the threat of stronger winds in the coming days due to an incoming cold front, crews will relentlessly patrol the fire’s perimeter for heat, smoke, and any potential issues that could cause the fire to jump containment lines. On September 13th, firefighters and the public saw firsthand how quickly a spot fire could jump control lines and threaten the communities again with little to no time to escape…….READ MORE
U.S. Forest Closures
El Dorado National Forest: The forest has issued a Forest Closure Order No. 03-22-16 which includes lands, roads and trails in the Mosquito Fire Area. View this order and related maps here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1059205.pdf
Tahoe National Forest: The Tahoe National Forest has issued Forest Closure Order No. 17-22-09 which includes lands, roads and trails in the Mosquito Fire Area. View this order and related maps here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1058883.pdf
Mosquito Fire Smoke Outlook for Central Sierra – Greater Tahoe Area
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Placer County has launched a new Red Flag Warning Awareness Program, where fire agency participants will display red flags in visible locations on red flag warning days to alert residents in times of elevated wildfire risk. The National Weather Service issues red flag warnings to alert fire departments of the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or flag PNG dramatic increases in wildfire activity. A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events that may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours and could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest fire alert. During these times, extreme caution is urged for all residents and guests because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.
ALL open flames will be restricted during Red Flag days. No outdoor cooking, heating, or candles/torches!
Learn more about what this means for you HERE.
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