Update: Multiple fires burning in Nevada County; 821-acre Lobo Fire is 93 percent contained (video)
October 9, 2017
LATEST UPDATE: Oct. 14, 9:45 a.m.
Lobo Fire: Despite fears of high winds and unfavorable conditions, the Lobo Fire has stagnated at 821 acres and is 93 percent contained. Firefighters aren't relaxing, however, as conditions remain bad in terms of fire danger.
McCourtney Fire: The McCourtney Fire is 100 percent contained, having burned 76 acres.
UPDATE: OCT. 13, 9:40 A.M. The Lobo Fire is 65 percent contained as of Friday, Oct. 13, Cal Fire said in a status update. The fire has burned 821 acres in an area about 67 miles west of Truckee in Nevada County. The McCourtney Fire, which burned 76 acres, is 95 percent contained.
The wildfires are part of a series of fires dubbed the “Wind Complex.” Collectively, the Wind Complex fires (five in all) have charred 17,155 acres in Northern California with total containment at 53 percent. Four people have been killed as a result of the Wind Complex fires, and one person has been injured.
A total of 366 structures have been destroyed, and 13 damaged. A total of 1,549 firefighting personnel are battling the blazes, Cal Fire said.
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UPDATE: OCT. 12, 9:50 A.M.: The Lobo Fire is 52 percent contained as of Thursday, Oct. 12, Cal Fire said in a status update. The fire has charred about 829 acres in an area about 67 miles west of Truckee in Nevada County. The McCourtney Fire, which has burned 76 acres, is 89 percent contained. The fire is located in Grass Valley.
UPDATE: OCT. 11, 1:40 P.M.: Smoke from a number of Northern California fires, including the Lobo Fire in Nevada County, continues to pour into the Truckee with little relief in sight. The Truckee Fire Protection District said Wednesday, Oct. 11, the smoky conditions would likely continue for weeks.
UPDATE: Oct. 10, 7:15 p.m.: According to the most recent update from Cal Fire, Nevada Joint Union schools will open again Wednesday.
UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.: The latest from Cal Fire: The Lobo Fire remains at 880 acres but is now 30 percent contained. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Lake Wildwood remains under evacuation advisement but the evacuation requirement has been lifted.
The McCourtney Fire is 65 percent contained and holding steady at 72 acres.
The Garden Fire in south county near Wolf Road was contained at 10 acres.
The Cascade Fire, north of Collins Lake in Yuba County, is 20 percent contained and has burned 11,685 acres.
The LaPorte Fire, near Bangor and north of the Cascade Fire, is 15 percent contained and has burned 3,700 acres.
UPDATE: 5 p.m.: Fire evacuation map has been updated. It includes advisories for Wolf Road fire. Evacuation has been lifted for Garden Fire.
UPDATE: 12:45 p.m.: Lobo Fire is currently reported at 880 acres at 23% containment. McCourtney Fire is currently at 72 acres at 60% containment. We have reports of approximately 50 structures destroyed by the two fires.
The two fires in Nevada County: Lobo Fire and McCourtney Fire are now being referred to as one incident called the Windy Complex which has caused 7000 residents to be evacuated from their homes.
The County Office of Emergency Services opened the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) early Monday morning and is operating two emergency shelters in partnership with the Red Cross at the First Baptist and Twin Cities Churches for evacuees and an animal shelter at the Fairgrounds.
Our Emergency Operations Center will provide information on the addresses of destroyed homes as soon as it is provided by CalFire and will be setting up ongoing resources to assist residents who lost their homes in the fires.
UPDATE: 11:20 a.m.: Via Nevada County Public Works: Effective October 10, 2017, Gold Country Stage Route 6 to Penn Valley is currently operating a normal schedule with the exception of the Wildwood Center stop which is currently not being serviced due to access issues during the Lobo Fire. Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide, at www.goldcountrystage.com or call the office 530-477-0103 x 0 for travel planning information. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience.
UPDATE: 9:40 a.m. : Evacuation map for Lobo and McCourtney fires updated.
UPDATE: Oct. 10 9:30 a.m.: Sheriff said to his team's knowledge #LoboFire did not actually get into the Lake Wildwood residential area. Work being done to continue knocking down the fire, for fear of winds kicking back up.
UPDATE: Oct. 10 8 a.m.: Sierra College Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley will remain closed today for all day and evening classes due to continued fire danger, evacuations, and road closures. The Rocklin, Roseville, and Truckee campuses remain open.
UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Tuesday: Lobo Fire is currently at 880 acres and 23 percent contained via Cal Fire website. No school for Grass Valley school and Nevada Union high school districts. Nevada City school district schools will be open. Deer Creek, Seven Hills, Nevada City Charter and Club Preschool.
UPDATE: Oct. 9 7 p.m.
The Lobo Fire is now 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire PIO Mary Eldridge.
UPDATE: 5:58 p.m.
The Lobo Fire is now at 900 acres, still 0 percent contained, according to Cal Fire PIO Mary Eldridge.
UPDATE: 2:55 p.m.
Via Sierra College spokesperson Sue Michaels, Sierra College Nevada County Campus, which was closed during day classes due to today's fire, will also be closed for night classes.
Michaels said the campus will reassess the fire situation tomorrow morning to decide on tomorrow's schedule.
UPDATE: 2:35 p.m.
The Lobo Fire is currently progressing at 700 acres and 0 percent contained, according to Cal Fire PIO Bryce Bennett.
There are 8,000 residents that have been evacuated from the areas of Lake Wildwood and Rough and Ready. While 30-40 structures have been reported either damaged or destroyed by the blaze.
UPDATE: 2:05 p.m.
Sierra College Board of Trustees reschedules meeting at Rocklin Campus due to fire: Due to the fires in Nevada County, in order to protect the safety of staff, students, and the community, the Board of Trustees meeting that was previously scheduled to be held at the Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley tomorrow, October 10th, will be moved to the Rocklin campus. The Board meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the Board Room (LR 133) on the Rocklin Campus located at 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin. For more information, contact PIO, Sue Michaels at: 530-613-3753
UPDATE: 2 p.m.
Nevada County Fairgrounds will be the command post and fire camp for Cal Fire; Animal Evacuation Center for the Lobo and McCourtney fires. For more on this see the story here.
UPDATE: 1 p.m.
LATEST UPDATE: 11:15 a.m.: #LoboFire [update] near Lone Lobo Trail, Rough and Ready (Nevada County) is now 700 acres. Evacuations in effect.
UPDATE: 11 a.m.: Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency due to Northern California wildfires currently burning throughout the state.
UPDATE: 9:44 p.m. Peace church open for evacuees: Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley is open for evacuees from the fires in western Nevada County. Peace is at 828 W. Main St., near Lyman Gilmore School. The parking area has room for trailers. A large kitchen and showers are available. Call (530) 273-9631 for more information.
UPDATE: (9:30 a.m.)
#LoboFire (update) Lone Loba Trail Penn Valley, Nevada County. Evacuation Center Ready Springs School. Horses go to Nevada Co Fairgrounds.
UPDATE (7:46 a.m.) — Aftermath of McCourtney Fire near Polaris Drive. Staff Writer Liz Kellar reports one house and one residential trailer destroyed.
UPDATE (7:28 a.m.) — Updated evacuation map for Lobo Fire released by Nevada County OES,
UPDATE (7:13 a.m.) — Dr. Louise Johnson posted via Facebook: Due to transportation interruption and evacuations because of the Lobo and McCourtney fires, all schools in the Nevada Joint Union High School District are closed today, October 9, 2017. We will update you as we know more. Be safe and take care of your families.
UPDATE (7:11 a.m.) — Grass Valley Police reports Grass Valley and Nevada City school will be closed due to the fires.
UPDATE (7:07 a.m.) — Cal Fire NEU estimates acres burnt by Lobo Fire to be at 500 with 0% containment. Between 7,000-8,000 homes threatened. Lake Wildwood evacuated.
LATEST UPDATE: Two major fires burning in western Nevada County. The Lobo Fire has burned through hundreds of acres in the Bitney Springs Road, Rough and Ready and Penn Valley areas, with evacuations ordered throughout — including Lake Wildwood. The McCourtney Fire has burned through an estimated 300 acres south of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
UPDATE: (from Nevada County Sheriff's Office): McCourtney Fire Update: The fire is approximately 300 acres with multiple homes threatened. The east side of the fire is along Auburn Rd., with the west side of the fire at at McCourtney Rd. The fire goes north in the area of Orion Rd. and Bonnie View Way. The fire is just south of Polaris with active fires near Scotts Dr. off of Thoroughbred Loop. The fire is currently heading south towards Hidden Valley.
Thank you to Grass Valley Police Department for assisting us with the incident (and other calls for service) and good luck to CAL FIRE, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Penn Valley Fire Protection District, Peardale Chicago Park Fire and any other fire department being deployed to the area.
There are also major fires in Butte County and Yuba County. Good luck to those areas and we hope everybody stays safe.
Evacuation Shelter is set up at First Baptist Church at 1866 Ridge Rd. in Grass Valley, CA across from Nevada Union High School.