NEVADA COUNTY – Containment of the Rices Fire in Nevada County increased to 24% Friday night, leading authorities to lift some evacuation warnings, according to Cal Fire.
The wildfire remained at 904 acres as of 7 pm, the Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit said in an incident update.
Efforts of personnel working on the Rices Fire have increased containment to 24% today, which is allowing several zones in Nevada County that were previously under evacuation warning to be fully reopened”Cal Fire said.
Evacuation orders remain in place for the Bridgeport, Rice’s Crossing and north French Corral areas.
According to Cal Fire, cooler temperatures and increasing humidity will aid crews in their efforts to construct and improve containment lines. Calm winds were also expected overnight, but Saturday could bring sustained winds of 8-12 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
“And thus several areas of the fire that are near uncontained areas of the fire on the northern portions of the incident still pose a threat to the surrounding community,” Cal Fire said.
Keeping the fire from jumping the Yuba River remains a top priority for firefighters, according to Cal Fire. Crews are also focused on ensuring the fire remains west of Pleasant Valley Road, south of Sweetland Creek and north of Rices Crossing Road.
Cal Fire said the blaze was first reported at 2 pm Tuesday in the Rices Crossing Road area near North San Juan. The cause was traced to an uninhabited structure fire.
The fire, which is burning in steep terrain along the Yuba River, has caused injuries to 14 firefighters and one civilian, according to Cal Fire. In addition, the blaze has destroyed five residences and eight minor structures, as well as damaged one minor structure.
Ten structures remain threatened, down from 250 on Thursday night, Cal Fire said.
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