MOSQUITO FIRE INFORMATION

Mosquito Fire Update 9-26-2022 8am


Yesterday, hot and dry conditions persisted across the Mosquito Fire and as a result, mop up efforts remained a priority with hot spots occasionally popping up within the fire footprint. Resources were prepared and directly engaged in the suppression of the hotspots and creeping fire.


Similar warm and sunny conditions are expected today, and a northerly disturbance will bring cooler temperatures later this week. The cooler temperatures are expected to bring winds; however, containment lines are expected to hold well.


Smoke production will peak during the heat of the day today. No major fire movement is forecasted. Hazard tree mitigation and suppression repair remain priority operations. Due to challenging terrain in the Middle Fork of the American River, and to the south along the Rubicon River, ground resources are unable to access and go direct. Therefore, resources are utilizing aviation assets to hold the fire in its current footprint using retardant and water.


The protection of cultural and natural resources during a fire is a high priority along with returning the affected areas to their pre-fire conditions. Management teams will engage the expertise of natural and cultural Resources Advisors (READs) to assist in preventing fire suppression damage. READs provide guidance for suppression actions as well as rehabilitation through coordination with local specialists: biologists, archaeologists, engineers, and recreation planners. Even long after the fire is suppressed, READs will remain on and work through the rehabilitation efforts with the local and national land management agencies.


A virtual community meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. on the following websites: tinyurl.com/MosquitoFire or on Facebook @TahoeNF or @eldoradoNF.



Mosquito Fire incident update 9/24/22 7pm

76,781 acres;

60 percent contained.

Firefighters worked to gain more containment on the Mosquito Fire, by locating and extinguishing residual hot spots which could cast embers across containment lines (mop up.) Today, firefighters focused on putting containment lines near the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River, where terrain has made work difficult. Aircraft was used to build additional containment near Stumpy Meadow and to suppress a small area where smoke was visible.



MOSQUITO FIRE INFORMATION Date: 9-23-2022 Time: 8:00pm


Size:76,781 acres

Containment: 60%

Total Personnel: 1,805


CURRENT SITUATION

As of September 23, 2022, at 7:00 a.m., California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Mosquito Fire and unified command between CAL FIRE, Placer County Sheriff, and El Dorado County Sheriff has been disbanded.

Minimal fire activity and growth occurred on Thursday as well as overnight. This subdued fire activity is in direct relation to the significant wetting rains that cleared out after providing four days of precipitation over the fire area. These steady rain showers, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity created a speed bump effect on the Mosquito Fire, slowing the fire down to just a creeping and smoldering pace. However, the warming trend that started Thursday has started the process of drying out the fuels again and creates the possibility for fire activity to increase in the coming days. The weather will continue to be sunny, warm, and dry with temperatures slowly increasing throughout the weekend. This forecasted weather will also decrease relative humidity which will continue to allow fuels to get back to their critically dry fuel moisture, especially the bigger vegetation, such as heavy dead and down trees, which did not receive enough moisture throughout the storm to cease continued burning.

Firefighters on the ground continue the critical mission of containing the remainder of the fire’s perimeter. Crews will continue connecting all the sections of control line along the eastern flank. Working in the steep and rugged terrain, specifically around the multiple river drainages, remains a challenging task for crews. Aircraft, primarily helicopters, have been assisting in these efforts through water and retardant dropping operations. These coordinated bucket drops of several-hundred gallons of water or retardant help extinguish or slow the spread of hot spots still burning along the fire’s edge. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are used to map the fire as well as reconnaissance to find hidden hot spots that crews cannot see from the ground. These aerial assets are essential in the coordinated efforts of suppressing this fire.

Fire suppression repair work continues in areas where active fire suppression efforts are complete. Multiple crews are assigned to this large and important operation and are working directly with forest resource advisors. These efforts are to repair or minimize damage to the soil, water, and other resources attributed to fire suppression. This includes items such as removing dozer berms, installing water bars for erosion, repairing roads, and repairing damaged items like fences.

Cal Fire is no longer in unified command on this fire and the incident is being managed by the USFS.







MOSQUITO FIRE INFORMATION Date: 9-22-2022 Time: 8:00pm


Size:76,575 acres

Containment: 60%

Total Personnel: 1,805



CURRENT SITUATION Mostly sunny skies with warmer and drier weather returned today over the Mosquito Fire. Temperatures rose to the upper 60s to mid-70s with light winds from the southwest. This warming trend will continue into the weekend and next week bringing humidity levels down and the possibility of increased fire behavior. Today, Firefighters continued aggressively building direct and indirect control lines along the eastern flank of the fire. Crews worked to the extend dozer and handlines from Deadwood road down towards the rim of the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River. This river drainage remains a challenge for firefighters to access and build control lines down the steep and jagged terrain. Moving from the south edge of the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River, crews continued constructing and strengthening control lines towards the Interbay Road. Firefighters continue to have great success holding the fire along the Interbay Road with strategic firing operations to strengthen this road as a stopping point along the eastern flank. From the Interbay Road system, Hot Shot crews have been building control lines down to the Middle Fork of the American River where more challenges exist with steep and rocky drainages. Firefighters and equipment have constructed nearly continuous control lines from the rim of the Middle Fork of the American River down to the rim of the Rubicon River. Crews are also making great progress on strengthening control lines from the south side of the Rubicon River to Wentworth Springs Road near Stumpy Meadows. Firefighters have continued to be a presence in the communities and along the southern and western flanks of the fire. These crews are patrolling the containment lines for any signs of heat or safety concerns to the public. Helicopters have played a large part in helping ground crews around the fire today by conducting water and retardant dropping missions. Having aircraft available to knock out hot spots near the fire’s edge has assisted firefighters in strengthening control lines and increasing containment. California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 will be transitioning command of the incident to California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 as of September 23, 2022 at 7:00 a.m.


POST FIRE ASSISTANCE Placer County Local Assistance Center (tinyurl.com/65xbsw6t): 24750 Main St., Foresthill, California (old Foresthill Elementary School) September 22, 2022 (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and September 23, 2022 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)



MOSQUITO FIRE INFORMATION Date: 9-21-2022 Time: 8:00pm



Size: 76,427 acres

Containment: 49%

Total Personnel: 2,023


CURRENT SITUATION All evacuation orders for both Placer and El Dorado counties have now been lifted, allowing residents to return home. With a significant amount of wetting rain throughout the past four days, fire activity has been minimal, and the Mosquito Fire has remained in its current footprint. Firefighters have used this opportunity to make great progress all around the fire before the next warming trend arrives tomorrow. Firefighters continue to patrol the southern and western sides of the fire to ensure there are no hot spots, threats of escape, or dangerous conditions that could threaten the communities. On the north end of the fire, crews have been working to secure and hold control lines along Deadwood Road as well as to strengthen the firelines heading south into the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River. Working in steep, rugged and slippery conditions, crews have pushed down into the river drainages of the North Fork of the Middle Fork and the Middle Fork of the American River in order to tie in control lines and secure the eastern flank of the fire. With many of these sections now completed, firefighters will work to strengthen them to ensure they hold if fire activity increases. Crews have also completed most of the portions of the control line from Eleven Pines Road and McCulloh down to the edge of the Rubicon River drainage where more challenges lie. Crews and equipment are continuing hazard abatement work in the Ramsey Crossing area. These operations include removing fire weakened trees and snags that pose safety issues to both firefighters and the roadways. Suppression repair work continued throughout the day in areas where there is not active fire suppression efforts. This work includes addressing more than 200 miles of dozer line around the Mosquito Fire in which the berms will be removed and water bars will be implemented to reduce erosion. Forest resource advisors are working directly with these crews to repair the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression effort. Dry weather with a warming trend will begin Thursday and continue into next week. Warmer temperatures, lower humidity, and light winds are expected.



MOSQUITO FIRE INFORMATION Date: 9-20-2022 Time: 9:00pm


Size: 76,290 acres

Containment: 47%

Total Personnel: 2,437


CURRENT SITUATION The current storm system continued to produce rain showers throughout the day over the Mosquito Fire. Rains were lighter this morning with a slight break midday which caused some atmospheric instability. Thus far, the total accumulation for this storm has ranged from 1 to 2.25 inches of rain over the fire. Isolated thunderstorms moved from south to north across the fire area this afternoon. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the fire area until midnight for potential ash and debris flows due to the presence of these thunderstorms. With the continued moisture, cooler temperatures and higher humidity, there was no new growth of the fire perimeter throughout the day. Firefighters were able to increase overall containment through the completion of several sections of fireline along the eastern flank. Crews and equipment remained out on the fireline throughout the day working in the rain to continue the mission of constructing and securing control lines around the remainder of the fire. Firefighters remained cautious during periods of heavy rain by seeking shelter, then reengaging in their efforts when the rain slowed and opportunities presented themselves. Great progress continues to be made all along the eastern flank during this period of subdued fire activity. Firefighters understand the importance of securing this flank before warmer and drier conditions begin later this week with the potential to increase fire behavior among the still critically dry fuels. Aircraft was able to be utilized today for several reconnaissance missions in efforts to map and locate hot spots difficult to spot by ground crews. As active fire suppression efforts wind down in some portions of the fire area, suppression repair efforts have started. The goal of suppression repair is to return damaged areas to a stable condition that reflects pre-fire conditions. These repair efforts include actions such as erosion control, repairing fences, debris removal, and removing berms created by dozers. Firefighters will work alongside forest resource advisors throughout the suppression repair process. With the increase in containment and current fire conditions, several more evacuation orders were lifted by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon.




MOSQUITO FIRE INFORMATION Date: 9-20-2022 Time: 9:00am


Size: 76,290 acres

Containment: 39%

Total Personnel: 3,037



CURRENT SITUATION The current storm brought wetting rain showers overnight, with storm totals ranging from 0.75 to 2-inches over the fire area thus far. Despite the continued precipitation, lingering areas of heat remain in pockets of smoldering heavy fuels and places such as stump holes. Rain showers are expected to continue throughout the day, with the potential of isolated thunderstorms. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the fire area with a possibility of ash and debris flows associated with thunderstorms. The cooler temperatures and high humidity will continue to give firefighters the opportunity to gain ground on the containment of the Mosquito Fire. On Monday, a large number of evacuation orders were lifted in both Placer and El Dorado counties as the fire continued to hold within its existing containment lines on the southern and western flanks. Several areas remain under evacuation orders due to their proximity to the fire and ongoing safety concerns, which firefighters and cooperators are working diligently to mitigate. Unified Command and cooperators meet daily to ensure that everything is being done to return all evacuees to their homes as soon as possible. Throughout this storm, firefighters remain in the communities continuing to patrol areas with existing containment lines for any potential issues. Crews are also aggressively engaging in building direct control lines along the fire's edge. This weather event has given firefighters a great opportunity to knock out the fire while it is down. Adding containment to the fire's eastern flank has become the priority, which is no easy task in rugged terrain, especially with the rainy weather. The multiple river canyons remain challenging for firefighters to safely access and build control lines. Access to portions of the fireline has become compromised with the significant amount of rain received. Due to muddy conditions, many dirt roads that crews use to access the fire's edge cannot be used. Firefighters will continue looking for opportunities around the fire, especially on the eastern front, to continue constructing and securing direct control lines ahead of a warming and drying weather trend forecasted to start this Thursday.




MOSQUITO FIRE INFORMATION Date: 9-19-2022 Time: 4:00pm


New clear to return areas

From the Placer County Sherrif:

As we continue to monitor fire conditions and repopulate areas previously under an evacuation order, we have lifted new zones to an evacuation warning and have opened additional zones for repopulation.

Zones Lifted to an Evacuation Warning:

• Zone 1B – Michigan Bluff: Michigan Bluff Rd, Gorman Ranch Rd, Chicken Hawk Rd, Ridge View Rd; north of Chicken Hawk Rd to Foresthill Rd

• Zone 2 – Baker Ranch MHP

• Zone 3B – Crystal View Rd, Bath Rd

• Zone 4B – Downtown Foresthill: Foresthill Rd from Idlewild Rd to Bath Rd, Baltimore Mine Rd, Powerline Rd, Timberland Rd, Sluice Box Ln, Mosquito Ridge Rd west of Soap St

• Zone 5 – Black Oak Ridge Rd, Blackhawk Ln, Ebbert Ranch Rd, Old Ebberts Ranch Rd

• Zone 6 – Finning Mill Rd to Sugar Pine Rd to Elliot Ranch Rd to Foresthill Rd, Big Reservoir Rd, Giant Gap Rd, Hollow Log Rd, Prospect Rd, NF-10

• Zone 7A – Patent Rd

Zones Now Open – No Restrictions:

• Zone 7B – Todd Valley: East of McKeon-Ponderosa, west of Jarvis Rd, south of Foresthill Rd, north of the canyon rim of the Middle Fork of the American River

• Zone 8 – Sierra Vista MHP

• Zone 9 – East of Spring Garden Rd/Foresthill Rd intersection, west of Idlewild Rd, south of Spring Garden Rd, north of Foresthill Rd to Yankee Jims Rd

• Zone 10 – East of the North Fork of the American River, west of Spring Garden Rd, south of Yankee Jims Rd, north of Ponderosa Way

• Zone 11A – East of the North Fork of the American River, west of Sugar Pine Reservoir, south of Big Dipper Rd, north of Yankee Jims Rd

The following zones are still under an Evacuation Order:

• Zone 1A – South of Chicken Hawk & Gorman Ranch intersection, south of Chicken Hawk Rd, south of Foresthill Rd from Elliott Ranch Rd to Deadwood Rd

• Zone 3A – Between 3B and the Placer/El Dorado county line

• Zone 4A – Mosquito Ridge Rd east of Soap St

Residents must provide identification upon entrance through the listed traffic control points:

Residents Only —

1. Mosquito Ridge Rd at Foresthill Rd

2. Soap St at Lowe St

3. Michigan Bluff Rd at Chicken Hawk Rd

Road Closures —

1. Foresthill Rd is closed at Elliott Ranch Rd

2. Elliott Ranch Rd/Giant Gap Rd is closed at Iowa Hill Rd

3. Soda Springs Rd is closed at the North Fork of the American River

4. McKinney Rubicon Springs




MOSQUITO FIRE INFORMATION Date: 9-19-2022 Time: 8:00am


Size: 76,290 acres

Containment: 39%

Total Personnel: 3,722

Structures Threatened: 9,236

Total Structures Destroyed: 78

Total Structures Damaged: 13


EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR TODD VALLEY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF PATENT ROAD


THE FOLLOWING EVACUATIONS AND WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT

Evacuation Orders are in effect for the following Placer County zones: 1 (Michigan Bluff), 2 (Baker Ranch Mobile Home Park), 3, 4 (Downtown Foresthill), 5, 6, 7A (Patent Road), 14, 21, and 22.


Evacuation Warnings are in effect for the following Placer County zones: 7B (Todd Valley), 8 (Sierra Vista Mobile Home Park), 9 (North Side of Foresthill Road), 10 (Spring Garden / Whitehawk Ridge), 11A (Yankee Jims and Shirttail Canyon), 23, and 25 (Sawtooth Ridge to the American River).



FORESTHILL ROAD IS CLOSED JUST ABOVE TODD VALLEY ROAD (EAST).


CURRENT SITUATION Containment on the Mosquito Fire has nearly doubled in the past 36 hours. This increase in containment can be attributed to the hard work of firefighters who have been working around the clock to strengthen and secure containment lines in and around the communities. Due to this increase in containment, the current wet weather, and the quick response from our cooperating utility partners, law enforcement officials were able to repopulate many of the surrounding communities on Sunday. Evacuation Orders and Warnings continue to be in place for several communities and areas that are still impacted by the fire perimeter. Firefighters continue to conduct extensive mop-up operations in these remaining areas, including tasks such as extinguishing all remaining hot spots, mitigating fire weakened trees, and working with cooperators to ensure that these areas are safe for the public to return to. On Sunday, moisture saturation decreased fire behavior significantly; however, areas under thick canopies were less affected by the light precipitation and were still available to burn. Heavier rains and south winds over the fire continued overnight. Firefighters and equipment remained in the communities throughout the night. Protecting life and property remains a top priority for firefighters, and crews continue to patrol the containment lines along the communities to ensure there are no slop overs or spot fires as a result of embers or debris crossing the fireline. Crews and equipment will continue to work along the eastern flank of the fire where it is possible to conduct operations safely in order to keep constructing direct control lines. With rainy and wet conditions in the area, crews must remain vigilant for the increased hazards that come with the additional precipitation. This landscape is already steep and rugged, and it becomes even more treacherous with the addition of rain, making the terrain muddy and slippery


A Debris box is located at the LDS Church on Todd Valley for the disposal of spoiled food and garbage. This is a free service available through 5pm today. Additional waste material services will be available for residents in town when repopulation occurs.




MOSQUITO FIRE INFORMATION Date: 9-18-2022 Time: 8:00pm


Size: 76,290 acres

Containment: 38%

Total Personnel: 3,722

Structures Threatened: 9,236

Total Structures Destroyed: 78

Total Structures Damaged: 13


EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR TODD VALLEY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF PATENT ROAD


THE FOLLOWING EVACUATIONS AND WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT


Evacuation Orders are in effect for the following Placer County zones: 1 (Michigan Bluff), 2 (Baker Ranch Mobile Home Park), 3, 4 (Downtown Foresthill), 5, 6, 7A (Patent Road), 14, 21, and 22.


Evacuation Warnings are in effect for the following Placer County zones: 7B (Todd Valley), 8 (Sierra Vista Mobile Home Park), 9 (North Side of Foresthill Road), 10 (Spring Garden / Whitehawk Ridge), 11A (Yankee Jims and Shirttail Canyon), 23, and 25 (Sawtooth Ridge to the American River).


CURRENT SITUATION

With the significant increase in containment and tireless work by firefighters and cooperators to ensure that communities would be safe for repopulation, a large number of Mosquito Fire evacuees were allowed back home today. Both the Placer and El Dorado County Sheriff Offices downgraded many of the Evacuation Orders and Warnings in their perspective counties this afternoon. Rain showers covered most of the fire area throughout the day. The cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and wet conditions subdued fire activity around the fire. Firefighters took advantage of these slower fire conditions to construct direct control lines along portions of the fire’s edge on the eastern flank. Firefighters with hand tools and heavy equipment, such as dozers, were out in force constructing these control lines. Crews worked in the area of the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River as well as the Interbay Road. Despite the rain showers, crews were able to successfully conduct firing operations along the Interbay Road and connecting control lines due to the sustained dry fuel moisture in the vegetation. Firefighters were able to continue strengthening and holding control lines around the southeast corner near Stumpy Meadows. A majority of the aircraft assigned to the incident was able to be used throughout the day. Aircraft primarily focused on assisting the ground crews on the eastern flank of the fire. Helicopters were actively engaged in both water and retardant dropping missions. These air operations are a great resource for ground crews to knock down hot spots and reinforce control lines with retardant to the stop the fire’s progression. Heavier rains and continued southwest winds are forecasted overnight and into Monday. A possibility of scattered thunderstorms may occur Tuesday. Firefighters will continue direct and indirect line construction along the eastern flank of the fire. Crews will patrol and mop up all existing containment lines along the southern and western flanks to ensure there are no threats to life and property in those communities.


A Debris box is located at the LDS Church on Todd Valley for the disposal of spoiled food and garbage. This is a free service.



MOSQUITO FIRE INFORMATION Date: 9-18-2022 Time: 10:00am


Size: 74,748 acres

Containment: 34%

Total Personnel: 3,729

Structures Threatened: 9,236

Total Structures Destroyed: 78

Total Structures Damaged: 13


ZONE 12 IN PLACER COUNTY WAS CLEARED FOR REOCCUPATION ON 9-17-2022 AT 7PM


ALL OTHER PLACER COUNTY EVACUATIONS REMAIN IN PLACE AT THIS TIME


CURRENT SITUATION Colder temperatures, good humidity recovery, and precipitation arrived overnight with the forecasted storm system. Rain showers are expected to continue throughout the day and become heavier this evening and into Monday. Southwest winds are predicted to become stronger midday with 24-28 mph gusts over the ridges. Higher humidity and temperatures in the 50s are expected for the fire area today. Firefighters worked throughout the night to patrol, hold, and improve existing containment lines around the fire’s perimeter, especially along the impacted communities on the south and western flanks. On the north end of the fire, crews continued to monitor and hold the control lines on Deadwood Road as there had been increased pockets of heat below those lines on Friday. Firefighters continued suppressing fire activity and secured the slop over along the eastern front between the Middle Fork of the American River and French Meadows Road. Crews successfully continued firing operations overnight along the Interbay Road until precipitation arrived early this morning. These operations continue to aid firefighters in stopping the fire’s spread eastward. Day shift firefighters will work to tie in control lines coming down from the Eleven Pines Road through Devil’s Peak to the rim of the Rubicon River. Control lines consisting of dozer and hand lines connect the dots around the southeast corner back to Stumpy Meadows and Wentworth Springs Road. As rain showers are forecasted to continue through the day and become heavier overnight, crews will look for opportunities to make containment progress as it is safe to do so. Firefighters will continue shoring up the corners of the fire and ensure the southern and western flanks hold along the communities. Firefighters will also continue the process of backhauling unneeded hose, tools, and equipment from areas where they are no longer needed. Each day, operations section chiefs, law enforcement officials, and cooperators continue reevaluating the evacuation status of communities as they work towards safely repopulating these areas



MOSQUITO FIRE INFORMATION Date: 9-17-2022 Time: 1130am


We are seeing a lot of confusion regarding when an area can be repopulated.

The incident management team will allow residents to return as soon as it is safe to do so. This means fire threat is reduced with containment along the fires edge near the impacted communities and critical infrastructure has been repaired. When fire burns through an area it can damage overhead power lines and poles, impact water delivery systems and leave dangerous fire pits and damaged trees. Once downed wires are repaired, hazard trees removed, and other infrastructure is deemed safe and operable, residents will be cleared to return.

The overall containment or control of the fire has nothing to do with the safe repopulation of a given area. This fire will continue to burn to the east for quite some time after we return home.

Again, to clarify; the fire does not need to be fully contained or controlled before residents are allowed to return to their homes. It needs to be deemed safe for each area and that may occur at different time intervals.



MOSQUITO FIRE INCIDENT UPDATE Date: 9-17-2022 Time: 8:30 a.m.

Size: 71,292 acres

Containment: 20%

Total Personnel: 3,453

Structures Threatened: 9,236

Total Structures Destroyed: 78

Total Structures Damaged: 13


ALL PLACER COUNTY EVACUATIONS AND WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT


The Fire has NOT impacted the community of Todd Valley. The community of Todd Valley remains threatened by the Mosquito Fire, but conditions are improving



CURRENT SITUATION Evacuation Orders for portions of Georgetown were lifted on Friday, September 16 at 4:00 p.m., with repopulation starting for the areas west of Wentworth Springs Road at Citabria Lane, north of Greenwood Road, and Graybar Mine Road, east of Highway 193 at Sliger Mine Road, and south of Bottle Hill Road and Snow Cap Road. As firefighters and cooperators make progress in ensuring that the threat of fire has been mitigated and the infrastructure is safe for each surrounding community, more evacuation orders will be lifted. Overnight, firefighters continued patrolling and securing control lines in anticipation of increased gusty winds coming into the fire area today ahead of the advancing storm system. Winds are forecasted to peak midafternoon with 20-25 mph gusts along the ridges. These winds will test containment lines and have the potential to spread embers and start spot fires ahead of the eastern flank. With the moderated fire behavior on Friday and last night due to the smoke inversion, crews and equipment continued constructing direct and indirect control lines to the north and east of the Mosquito Fire. Firefighters face challenging terrain in the North Frok of the Middle Fork and Middle Forks of the American River to the east of the oncoming fire front. Crews have been successful in their operations to cut off the west and north corners, with the southeast corner fire growth slowing on its own as it burns into the King Fire scar. The burn operation in Middle Fork drainage below Todd Valley has been completed, and crews will continue to monitor and hold their control lines. The weather changes will be the biggest challenge for firefighters over the next several days. Increased gusty southwest winds will arrive Saturday, with the main weather front and the first round of precipitation forecasted to begin early Sunday. Rainfall is predicted to last through Wednesday, with wetting rain totals nearing 1” by the end of the system. While the rain will help moderate and slow the fire’s growth, it is not forecasted to be a season-ending event. With the critically dry fuels and warmer weather back in the forecast for later next week, firefighters will use this weather system as an opportunity to make significant progress in containing the fire .


MOSQUITO FIRE INCIDENT UPDATE Date: 9-16-2022 Time: 8:30 p.m.

Size: 71,292 acres

Containment: 20%

Total Personnel: 3,453

Structures Threatened: 9,236

Total Structures Destroyed: 73

Total Structures Damaged: 13


ALL PLACER COUNTY EVACUATIONS AND WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT


The Fire has NOT impacted the community of Todd Valley. The community of Todd Valley remains threatened by the Mosquito Fire, but conditions are improving


CURRENT SITUATION

Due to the significant progress made by firefighters, Evacuation Orders for portions of GEORGETOWN have been lifted and reduced to Evacuation Warning status. Per the El Dorado County Sheriff, repopulation has started for portions of Georgetown as of 4pm today. This area includes: The area west of Wentworth Springs Road at Citabria Lane, North of Greenwood Road and Gray Bar Mine Road, East of Highway 193 at Sliger Mine Road, and south of Bottle Hill Road and Snow Cap Road. This does not include Sliger Mine Road north of Loriel Drive and Spanish Dry Diggins Road north of Odyssey Falls Drive.


Cooler temperatures and higher humidity under the smoke layer kept fire behavior substantially lower today. A thick layer of smoke remained over most of the fire area. In eastern areas where the smoke inversion did clear this afternoon, isolated areas of torching and burning occurred. The fire continues to steadily grow on its eastern front primarily near Ramsey Crossing and in the Middle Fork of the American River Drainage due to the extremely dry fuels.


Firefighters completed the strategic firing operations along control lines below the community of Todd Valley, securing the fire's edge into the American River. A small amount of remaining vegetation is slowly burning at the interior of this area. These operations have helped secure the southwest corner of the fire and firefighters will continue to monitor and hold these control lines. Crews continued similar holding operations on the north corner of the fire along Deadwood Road, while crews and heavy equipment took advantage of the moderated fire activity and started constructing direct control lines along portions of the fires eastern flank. Great progress continues holding the fire along the Eleven Pines Road. There was no new growth on the southeast corner where the fire has bumped up against the King Fire burn scar.


With the forecast of strong winds coming into the area tomorrow ahead of the incoming weather system, firefighters are completing the critical mission of patrolling and mopping up all hot spots while eliminating any issues that may cause the fire to jump containment lines. In anticipation of the weather, the US Forest Service has responded with 2 night flying helicopters to assist with reconnaissance and water-dropping capabilities.



MOSQUITO FIRE INCIDENT UPDATE Date: 9-16-2022 Time: 8:30 a.m.

Size: 69,908 acres

Containment: 20%

Total Personnel: 3,873

Structures Threatened: 9,236

Total Structures Destroyed: 73

Total Structures Damaged: 13


ALL EVACUATIONS AND WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT


The Fire has NOT impacted the community of Todd Valley. The community of Todd Valley remains threatened by the Mosquito Fire but conditions are improving


CURRENT SITUATION

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. On Thursday, the fire's eastern flank remained active with steady growth towards the Ramsey Crossing area. There, crews are using defensive firing operations along the Eleven Pines Road and control lines running south through Devil's Peak to stop the fire's growth towards McCulloh. Firefighters have continued work to hook the fire around the southeast corner by constructing control lines and using strategic firing operations when possible in the Stumpy Meadows area. Crews plan to utilize the Wentworth Springs Road as well as hand and dozer lines moving north across the Rubicon River drainage. With increased smoke shading on the northern portion of the fire, firefighters have made progress in holding their control lines along Deadwood Road. The persistent southwest winds will continue and become even stronger as the approaching cold front arrives this weekend. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and wetting rains are forecasted for Sunday and lasting into early next week. Firefighters will welcome precipitation, but the stronger winds have the potential to cast embers farther out in front of the fire. Crews will continue the difficult work of constructing primary and contingency lines ahead of the north and eastern portions of the fire. With multiple steep and rugged river drainages to navigate, creating contingency lines will provide firefighters and communities with a secondary safety net should the fire jump primary control lines.




MOSQUITO FIRE INCIDENT UPDATE Date: 9-15-2022 Time: 9:00 p.m.


Size: 67,669 acres

Containment: 20%

Total Personnel: 3,873


ALL EVACUATIONS AND WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT


The Fire has NOT impacted the community of Todd Valley. The community of Todd Valley remains threatened by the Mosquito Fire but conditions are improving


CURRENT SITUATION

Good overnight humidity recovery moderated fire behavior this morning and into the afternoon. Light southwest winds assisted with clearing some smoke this afternoon, however a thick smoke layer shaded portions of the east side of the fire which helped slow new growth. Firefighters focused on securing the west corner of the fire down in the Middle Fork of the American River below the communities of Todd Valley and Foresthill. Crews are finishing the last remaining portions of firing operations along the control lines that tie into the river. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are assisting ground resources with aerial ignitions to strategically burn remaining vegetation inside control lines to secure. Firefighters are working diligently along the western edge of the fire along the Foresthill Road corridor to mop up and secure all control lines to mitigate any threats of slop overs. On the north corner of the fire, crews worked throughout the day to hold and secure the control lines along the Foresthill Divide the Deadwood Roads where strategic firing operations took place last night. These actions are crucial in holding the fire south of Westville. Critically dry fuels continue to fuel the Mosquito Fire’s steady growth to the east. Crews, dozers, and heavy equipment continue the dangerous and grueling task of building indirect control lines in steep and rugged terrain. Crews are also utilizing existing roads systems, such as the Eleven Pines Road, to assist in building a solid control line to hold advancing fire. Crews are constructing a combination of dozer and hand lines from Wentworth Springs Road north towards Devil’s Peak in the effort of holding fire in the Rubicon River drainage. Firefighters continue to mop up remaining hot spots and patrol the southern edge of the fire along Volcanoville Road. Cooperators and utility companies continue work in these areas to assess and start needed infrastructure repair with the goal of repopulating the communities as soon as it becomes safe to do so. An incoming weather system is forecasted to bring increased winds and precipitation into the fire area starting Saturday and into early next week. Firefighters will continue to strengthen and secure all control lines in preparation for these changing conditions



MOSQUITO FIRE INCIDENT UPDATE Date: 9-15-2022 Time: 8:00 a.m.

Size: 63,776 acres

Containment: 20%

Total Personnel: 3,655


ALL EVACUATIONS AND WARNINGS REMAIN IN PLACE


Evacuated residents who have either homeowners or renter's insurance should contact their insurance agents or companies to check if you have loss of use or additional living expense coverage to help offset the cost of being evacuated.


The fire has NOT spread into Todd Valley and is holding on a control line that runs from the transfer station (dump) to the river.


Returning home requires a well secured control line and repair to infrastructure such as PG&E powerlines, phone lines, water system and roadways, that may have been damaged by the fire.


CURRENT SITUATION

Overnight, smoke settled back into drainages due to easing winds, with a majority of the fire area seeing good humidity recovery. Firefighters continued working throughout the night, patrolling, mopping up, and securing control lines around the south and east sides of the fire. Crews and heavy equipment, including a large number of dozers, continued constructing indirect lines adjacent to steep and rugged terrain to the east of the main fire front. Firefighters remain engaged on the north side of the fire near Deadwood Road. Crews continued bringing strategic firing operations down the Deadwood Road from the Foresthill Divide Road with the intention of stopping the fire’s northern spread. Firefighters were conducting similar operations on the southeast corner of the fire near Stumpy Meadows by constructing control lines and utilizing firing operations to secure them. Today’s priorities remain securing each of the three corners of the fire. Firefighters have been very successful in holding the control lines along the communities of Todd Valley and Foresthill despite challenging fire conditions on Tuesday. Crews will continue extensive mop-up operations in those areas, the Foresthill Road corridor, and on the portions of line to the north of Volacanoville. Southwest winds have been favorable for the communities along Volcanoville Road, but firefighters remain in the areas to ensure the fire does not spot across containment lines. These mop-up operations include firefighters using hose lines, water, and hand tools to thoroughly extinguish or remove remaining burning material well inside the fire’s edge. This is to ensure that no smoldering debris will roll, fall, or fly over the containment lines and start a spot fire. With the critically dry fuels in the area, it only takes a small ember to start a spot fire and spread rapidly in the steep terrain. Today’s forecasted weather will be slightly cooler with lighter southwest winds that will continue to push out the smoke inversion and provide clear air over the fire area. Stronger winds are predicted for this weekend ahead of an incoming system that is forecasted to include precipitation


MOSQUITO FIRE INCIDENT UPDATE Date: 9-14-2022 Time: 8:00 p.m.

Size: 63,776 acres MOSQUITO FIRE INCIDENT UPDATE Date: 9-14-2022 Time: 8:00 p.m.

Size: 63,776 acres

Containment: 20%

Total Personnel: 3,655


CURRENT SITUATION

Firefighters continue to hold the Mosquito Fire inside established control lines with the help of cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Throughout the day, crews continued to patrol, mop up and secure control lines along the Foresthill Road corridor, with a heavy focus on the area where yesterday’s spot fire made an aggressive run towards the community. Aerial reconnaissance shows very little smoke production in the areas below the communities of Foresthill and Michigan Bluff. Successful firing operations continue to take place along Deadwood Road to cut off the fire’s growth to the north. The Mosquito Fire’s eastern front continues to steadily grow with active fire behavior into dense forested areas with critically dry fuels and little fire history. A majority of the fire’s smoke column today was produced by the fire activity in the Middle Fork of the American River on the east side. Dozers and heavy equipment worked throughout the day to continue expanding control lines to stop the fire’s eastwardly growth. On the southeast corner of the fire near Stumpy Meadows, crews constructed control lines in an effort to cut off the fire in the Rubicon River drainage. The southern portion of the fire continues to hold with firefighters constantly patrolling all portions of these control lines and mopping up hot spots well into the interior of the fire perimeter to ensure there is no threat of escape. Today’s southwesterly winds were lighter than Tuesday, but still provided the needed air mixing to push the smoke inversion out of the fire area. With this clearer air, aircraft assigned to the incident were able to be used heavily for various operations around the fire. Helicopters have been busy throughout the day conducting water and retardant dropping missions in order to assist ground crews in extinguishing hot spots and preventing fire growth. Multiple mobile retardant bases are located around the fire to assist helicopters with quick refilling of fire retardant. Multiple Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are being used to assist with reconnaissance, mapping, and infrared capabilities to assist firefighters in locating hot spots near the fire’s edge


MOSQUITO FIRE INCIDENT UPDATE Date: 9-14-2022 Time: 8:00 a.m.


CURRENT SITUATION


58,544 Acres

20% Containment

The western edge of the fire, as of this morning, remains south of Foresthill Road and has NOT impacted Todd Valley.

On Tuesday, stronger southwest winds throughout the fire area cleared the smoke inversion and caused fire behavior to become more active. The Mosquito Fire spotted across the Middle Fork of the American River into the Pond Creek Drainage, which is just below the community of Foresthill. Steep terrain and critically dry fuels drove rapid fire growth and an aggressive upslope run towards Foresthill Road. A large contingency of firefighters and additional equipment responded to this northwest corner of the fire to actively defend and hold the fire along contingency lines. Over the past week, crews have been preparing a large number of these contingency lines around the fire as a way to prepare for situations like this where the fire escapes primary control lines.

Overnight, firefighters successfully held the fire within control lines along the southern edge of Foresthill and East of Todd Valley. On the northeast corner, crews were able to continue strategic firing operations along control lines from the Foresthill Divide Road to Deadwood Road. This four-mile stretch of line is crucial for helping hook and stop the fire’s northern spread. A large number of dozers and heavy equipment continued to work through the night in the areas to the east of the fire to build indirect control lines ahead of the advancing fire front. The fire remains active on this eastern front, steadily burning and advancing in heavy unburned fuels. Today’s number one priority remains strengthening and securing the northwest corner of the fire to protect and defend the communities of Foresthill and Todd Valley. Firefighters are prepared to actively engage in structure defense along the edges of these communities should the fire make similar runs as it did on Tuesday. Weather conditions are forecasted to be the same today with continued southwest winds, which will lead to clear skies and better ventilation for fire growth.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain for the communities surrounding the Mosquito Fire. Firefighters ask that residents take these orders seriously and leave the area when instructed to do so. The fire area remains a dynamic situation that may change at any time, as evidenced by the fire activity on Tuesday afternoon.



MOSQUITO FIRE INCIDENT UPDATE Date: 9-13-2022 Time: 8:00 a.m.


NO CHANGES TO EVACUATIONS OR WARNINGS


Size: 49,761 acres

Containment: 18%

Total Personnel: 2,675

People Evacuated: 11,260

Structures Threatened: Approximately 5,848

Total Structures Destroyed: 46

Total Structures Damaged: 5


CURRENT SITUATION

Thick smoke and clouds kept temperatures in the 70s to low 80s with higher relative humidity values throughout Monday. An incoming weak weather system is forecasted to bring slightly stronger southwest winds that will bring drier air aloft today. This air movement should help break up the smoke inversion earlier today. The increase in clearer skies is projected to provide the fire with more available oxygen for active burning. Overnight, firefighters continued strengthening and securing control lines around most of the fire’s perimeter. Crews added containment on a large portion of the fireline in the Michigan Bluff area and continue to make great strides towards completing more containment lines all along the Foresthill Road corridor. Firefighters are remaining vigilant on the southern edge of the fire to ensure that there is no threat of escape across Volcanoville Road or towards Quintette. The CAL FIRE HAWK night flying helicopter was able to assist with water-dropping operations overnight and remains a valuable resource for firefighters working during the night. Resources continue to arrive in the area to assist with the full suppression efforts against the Mosquito Fire. A continued priority has been to secure the southwest corner of the fire. Last night, firefighters continued to hold the control lines and firing operations completed during Monday’s operations. Securing this vital piece of line, which ties into the Middle Fork of the American River, is crucial in preventing further spread to the communities to the west, such as Todd Valley and Foresthill. Firefighters are working diligently to secure the firelines in and around all the evacuated communities. Unified Commanders are working with the various cooperators, such as the utility companies, to ensure the areas are safe before residents are allowed home. With the continued threat of fire, damaged infrastructure, and large amounts of firefighting equipment in the area, it is currently unsafe for the public to be in the fire area. Fire and law enforcement officials continue to meet daily on the progress of the firefighting efforts and are preparing for utility companies to start their repair and inspection work.


MOSQUITO FIRE INCIDENT UPDATE Date: 9-12-2022 Time: 7:00 p.m.

Size: 48,700 acres

Containment: 16%

Total Personnel: 2,675

People Evacuated: 11,260

Structures Threatened: Approximately 5,848 Single Residences Destroyed: 25

Minor Structures Destroyed: 21

Start Date & Time: Tuesday, 9-6-2022, 6:27pm Cause: Under Investigation

Location: Mosquito Road at Oxbow Reservoir Suppression Strategy: Full Suppression

Unified Command Agencies: California Interagency Incident Management Team 5, CAL FIRE, Placer County Sheriff’s Office

CURRENT SITUATION

Firefighters continue to make progress building and strengthening control lines around the Mosquito Fire. Crews took advantage of cooler temperatures, higher humidity and the inversion layer staying in place for a majority of the day by mopping up and securing their lines while fire activity was moderated. Along the Foresthill Road corridor from Foresthill to Michigan Bluff and north beyond Chicken Hawk Road, crews worked to strengthen control lines through extensive mopping up of hot spots, fire weakened trees, and smoldering vegetation well into the fire’s perimeter. These actions are crucial to ensuring that the fire will not cross over control lines and will ultimately add containment once firefighters determine there is no threat of escape.

Due to the extremely low fuel moisture in the vegetation, fire activity remained active along the eastern front of the fire despite the inversion layer today. Although the area to the east of the fire includes the American and King Fires’ burn scars, there remains a large area of dense unburned forest in between the two which would be very receptive to fire activity. Crews worked in the area to the east of the fire to build indirect control lines with heavy equipment while also utilizing existing roads when possible. Firefighters continue to look for all possibilities to construct control lines as close to the fire’s edge as terrain and firefighter safety allow.

Containment lines on the southern perimeter of the fire along Volcanoville Road continue to hold and firefighters are strengthening remaining control lines in that area to increase containment. One of today’s top priorities was completing strategic firing operations to assist in locking in the southwest corner of the fire near Buckeye Point. Crews successfully completed their firing operations and have now tied fire into both sides of the Middle Fork of the American River. Firefighters will monitor and strengthen these control lines in order to hold the southwest corner.

The use of aircraft was limited today due to the continued inversion layer over the fire area. Several helicopters were used for water-dropping operations in the late afternoon hours. A CAL FIRE HAWK helicopter continues to be available and utilized for nighttime water-dropping missions. The tropical moisture that has been in the area is forecasted to exit the region in the next day with slightly increased southwest winds. These winds are also forecasted to push the inversion layer out of the fire area earlier in the day tomorrow which will allow for more aircraft use, but could also increase fire activity.


Fire Information: 211 (Local County) 530-264-8309

Media Information: 530-217-3263

Phone Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily Email: MosquitoFire2022@gmail.com Incident Websites: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8398fire.ca.gov





Mosquito Fire Update - September 12, 2022, at 8AM


ALL EVACUATIONS AND WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT


Size: 41,443 acres

Percent Contained: 10%

Structures Threatened: Approximately 5,848

Fire Information: 211 (Local County)

Fire Information: 530-264-8309 - Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily


Website: https://www.fire.ca.gov https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8329/

Cause: Under Investigation

Suppression Strategy: Full Suppression

Evacuated: 11,117

Number of Personnel Assigned: 1,808


CURRENT SITUATION Yesterday, the Mosquito fire remained fairly active despite slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity. Firefighters have been constructing direct control lines on the southwest corner of the fire near the community of Foresthill. Today, firefighters will continue to mop up and secure the fireline in these areas. As crews progress north along Chicken Hawk Road, they will be constructing indirect control lines due to the difficult terrain. If necessary, they will utilize defensive firing operations when conditions are favorable. The north and northeast sides of the fire continue to be very active due to the extremely dry fuels in the area, and crews are working hard to stay ahead of the fire’s progress. Due to the steep and rugged terrain, firefighters continue to assess for opportunities to build indirect control lines to the north and northeast of the fire around Mosquito Ridge Road. On the southeast portion of the fire, the spread will follow along ridgelines flanks, and crews will continue to build control lines from Stumpy Meadows to tie into existing fuel breaks moving to the north. Crews have made significant progress and added containment on the fire's southern edge along Volcano Road with direct dozer and handlines. A large number of resources have been placed on this southern edge to hold the fire and keep it from spreading south to communities such as Quintette. Today, crews will continue to mop up and strengthen more of these control lines to increase containment. Overnight, firefighters utilized strategic firing operations along their control lines around the southwest corner of the fire near Buckeye Point and were able to tie into the American River. Today, crews will continue strengthening and holding these lines to hook the corner of the fire coming around to Baltimore Ridge. Aircraft will continue to be used to assist ground crews as the air quality allows. Cooler temperatures, along with smoke and clouds, are forecasted for Sunday. The increase in humidity and shading produced by the smoke inversion and clouds should temporarily moderate fire behavior but expected afternoon southwest winds will lift the inversion and create better ventilation for increased fire activity. Crews will remain vigilant of changing weather conditions due to forecasted thunderstorms to the east of the fire along the Sierra Crest


EVACUATION CENTERS

Placer County Sierra College 5100 Sierra College Blvd. Rocklin, CA (enter on Rocklin Road) Parking will be in Lot B Shelter will be in cafeteria (building J) **THE PREVIOUS SHELTER IN AUBURN HAS NOW CLOSED**




Mosquito Fire Update - September 11, 2022 at 10:00AM


NEW EVACUATIONS - Yesterday evacuations were expanded to include Zones 21 and 22 which are around Sugar Pine Reservoir and south to the area of French Meadows.


ALL EVACUATIONS REMAIN IN PLACE


The evacuation Shelter in Auburn is moving to Sierra College in Rocklin. The new shelter will be open today at 10:00 am


The Mosquito Fire is now 41,443 Acres


Containment is 10%


Personnel assigned - 1,808


The good news is the team is reporting progress along the fire lines that are threatening Foresthill and multiple communities in El Dorado County. Over the last few days dozers and hand crews worked in very difficult terrain to build a fire line down to the American River from the bottom of Baltimore Mine Road (Across from the high school). They have been backfiring from this line to provide depth (widen the line) as the main fire approached the area. Similar efforts were conducted along Volcanoville and Wentworth Springs Roads in El Dorado County. In addition, crews have brought line down the El Dorado County side of the Middle Fork Canyon to attempt to stop the western spread of the fire toward Todd Valley. As of this morning all of the line below Foresthill and along the western perimeter toward Todd Valley are holding.


With the positive news comes some perspective. The weather today will be more challenging than the last two days with lower humidity and high wind speeds. This weather change will challenge control lines already in place and could cause the fire to spot across lines already in place. Foresthill is looking really good this morning, but we are not yet safe. It is going to take a few days of mopping up along the control lines adjacent to Foresthill and Todd Valley before there is confidence that they will withstand impacts from wind.


On the Northeast side of the fire, crews are working along Chicken Hawk in an effort to stop the northern spread toward Foresthill Road and Baker Ranch. To the east is a problem. The steep and narrow drainages are aligned with the typical wind patterns both upcanyon during the day and down canyon at night. Additionally, there are not many good places to put fire line in those drainages. There are several previous burn scars in the area which could help slow the spread of fire and make it easier to combat but many of those scars now have very combustible brush growing that could carry the fire through the burn scar.


While we are seeing good progress on the western side of the fire, we all should anticipate a lengthy fire fight along the eastern edge of the fire as it moves higher into the forest.


The Tahoe National Forest has issued a Forest Closure for areas of the American River District within the Mosquito Fire Closure area. All areas are closed to visitors and will remain closed until December 31, 2022.


The Foresthill Emergency Alert Radio Station has generator support and will remain on the air and streaming on the internet at http://peridot.streamguys.com:5370/MainIntroduction1020AM



MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE – September 10, 2022, AT 5:30 PM

ALL EVACUATIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT

Acreage – 33,754

The following information has been released by the incident at 3pm today.

The fire is 33,754 acres, 0% containment. There are approximately 5,848 structures threatened and 11,117 people evacuated. 1,565 personnel are currently assigned to the fire.

Friday, resources were able to construct dozer and handine on the north side of the Quinette (El Dorado County) to the community. Resources have been making progress building containment line on the northwest side of the fire (Between Foresthill Proper and Todd Valley). Last night fire growth was predominantly moving in a southeast and northeast direction.

Today with the onset of the low-pressure system, higher winds will move in which will fan the fire and increase activity. Fire crews will work to construct direct (at fires edge) and indirect (away from the fires edge) line around the perimeter of the fire. Additional resources will be working on perimeter control and preparing structures for defensive actions.

Both the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office as well as the Placer County Sheriff’s Office are constantly monitoring and evaluating the evacuated areas assessing the need for additional evacuations and when it is safe to repopulate.



MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE September 9, 2022, at 7:00PM

The Mosquito Fire has grown to nearly 30,000 acres. To give that perspective, that is the size of the City of San Francisco. This is a major fire, and it will take several weeks to obtain full containment. Evacuated residents should plan on an extended absence of many days.

Rumors regarding the impending failure of the Foresthill Water system are not accurate. Foresthill PUD Representatives reported this afternoon that the water system is intact and fully operational. Your Fire Chief, Jed Matcham, has been working directly with the Foresthill PUD to make sure that propane deliveries required to power generators for water pumps are uninterrupted so that we are able to supply water to all fire hydrants.

The Foresthill Emergency Alert Radio Station – 1020AM and online at peridot.streamguys.com:5370/MainIntroduction1020AM is operating on battery back-up power and is expected to fail sometime Saturday evening. We are working to get a generator in place to allow for battery recharging with a goal of uninterrupted transmission. Please check back if we are off the air.

The Fire did impact the town of Foresthill last night and this morning. While we do not have specific details regarding property loss, we do know that the crews from around the state assigned to protect our community did a valiant job of minimizing property damage and we are thankful for their efforts in very adverse conditions.

Finally, we have committed to cooperating in a joint information release agreement in which all participating/impacted agencies work together to provide one message regarding the incident. This type of agreement is common, and it reduces the confusion that comes from media releases like the one you are reading right now that could conflict with another local agency’s perspectives. The result is; with two counties, two forests, two Cal Fire Units, and many fire and special districts impacted, the process of getting information gathered, approved, and disseminated, is sometimes less than desired. Please trust that we will not delay in relaying life safety information or information that is important for timely dissemination if needed.




MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE - September 8, 2022, at 10:00pm

ALL EVACUATIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT

ALL EVACUATION WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT


Today’s operational period saw the continued extreme growth of the Mosquito Fire, as it has now burned 13,704 acres and progressed into El Dorado County. Fire activity has included crown runs and spotting which is expected to occur throughout tonight. The winds and steep terrain have been in alignment which have combined to create the conditions conducive to the observed fire conditions. This caused new evacuation orders to be issued by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office for the communities of Volcanoville, Georgetown, and Bottle Hill while Cool is under and evacuation warning. Additionally, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office expanded its evacuation orders into Todd Valley. As the incident continues to evolve, reconciliation of resources and The priority for firefighting personnel is the life safety of the community and structure protection. Additionally, the construction of direct and indirect containment lines utilizing handcrews and bulldozers is a significant objective. As the incident evolves, reconciliation of resources and the number of community members affected will continue to be updated The Unified Commanders of the Mosquito Fire thank the community for their support and cooperation in adhering to evacuation orders and warnings, and remind those who are in an area when an evacuation order is implemented that it is time to leave. The decision to evacuate a community is done with the understanding of the inconvenience it places on those who live and work in a community, but also with the priority of life safety. Be Ready, Set, Go! and visit www..readyforwildfire.org.




MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE - September 8, 2022, at 8:00am

ALL EVACUATIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT

ALL EVACUATION WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT

There have been no changes to the evacuation or warnings overnight.

The Mosquito Fire has been mapped at 6817 acres as of 2:50 this morning. Fire continues to progress primarily to the east. There have been structures lost and damage assessment teams will evaluate what has been damaged and lost as soon as it is safe for them to enter the areas impacted. The fire has not impacted the community of Foresthill at this time. According to aerial mapping, as of 2:50 this morning the fire remains to the east of the American River. Weather conditions today will be similar to yesterday and likely to produce rapid growth of the fire especially in areas with steep terrain and limited access.

Residents should plan to be impacted by this fire for many days. Questions about access to evacuation areas to retrieve items have been common. Evacuation areas are not accessible. They area is evacuated for your safety and the safety of incident responders. Allowing people back into the area creates many issues including increasing the risk for the security of your property.

As we have noted before, minute by minute updates are not possible and we will provide accurate and pertinent information as it becomes available. You should expect a morning and evening information release during the incident, and we will make additional information releases if something develops that impacts public safety. For now, we are in the middle of a large-scale fire the is likely to burn for quite some time before containment is achieved and information will be scarce as the fire moves higher into the forest.

Small Animals can be sheltered at the Placer County Animal Services Center

Large animals are being sheltered at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

Evacuation shelter remains at the Bell Road Baptist Church located at 77 Bell Road in Auburn.

Please follow this page, the fire district webpage, the Watch Duty app, Cal Fire NEU Facebook page, Placer Sherriff Facebook page, or the Foresthill Emergency Alert Radio station at 1020 am or online at http://peridot.streamguys.com:5370/MainIntroduction1020AM



MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE - September 7 at 9:30 PM


MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR: All areas along Foresthill Road above Upper Todd Valley Road/Hillcrest Mobile Home Park


EVACUATION WARNINGS:

Todd Valley

Skyview Mobile Home Park

Spring Garden/White Hawk Ridge

Yankee Jims and Shirttail Canyon

5705 acres, 0% containment

Today saw rapid fire growth and extreme fire behavior. Firefighters worked through extreme heat in the very steep and rough terrain of the Foresthill Divide area.

The Unified Commanders of the Mosquito Fire are aware of reports of damaged structures. The damage inspection process will be initiated when fire conditions allow.




MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE - September 7 at 4:30 PM


Mosquito Fire Mapped at 4,223 Acres as of 4:00PM on September 7, 2022




MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE - September 7 at 4:00 PM


MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR: All areas along Foresthill Road above Upper Todd Valley Road/Hillcrest Mobile Home Park

EVACUATION WARNINGS:

Todd Valley

Skyview Mobile Home Park

Spring Garden/White Hawk Ridge

Yankee Jims and Shirttail Canyon


The Mosquito Fire is making a hard push to the east with a rapid rate of spread. Crews are fully engaged in suppression efforts and numerous aircraft are working the fire in areas with good visibility. Providing real time information during a rapidly escalating fire is difficult at best. Information regarding the location of the fire front, speed of spread, and fire size is changing constantly. Therefore, information is released every few hours so that we can provide accurate and pertinent information. We understand the anxiety that comes with not having good information of the fire location and we will do the best we can to provide timely updates. Evacuations have been completed to allow fire personnel to concentrate on the fire rather than on rescuing people from the rapidly expanding incident. Residents in the Warning areas should have a plan for leaving immediately if conditions change. Make a plan now on where you will go and prepare items you will want to take with you.


  • We do not have a current acreage at this time but will advise as soon as it becomes available.

  • Additional personnel are enroute from around the state.

  • This will be an extended incident that may last more than 7-10 days, so plan accordingly.


Updates on the fire can be found on the Foresthill Fire District Webpage, Facebook page, Twitter, Next Door, the Foresthill Emergency Alert Radio @ 1020 AM or streaming at peridot.streamguys.com:5370/MainIntroduction1020AM


You can also follow Placer County Sheriff and CalFire NEU on Facebook or download the Watch Duty app on your mobile device.





MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE - September 7 at 7:30 AM

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR:

GORMAN RANCH

CHICKEN HAWK

MICHIGAN BLUFF.

BAKER RANCH

BATH ROAD

HIDDEN TREASURE ROAD

CRYSTAL VIEW LANE

SEQUOIA WAY

RIDGE VIEW ROAD

MOSQUITO RIDGE ROAD EAST OF SOAP STREET


Evacuation warnings for areas north of Foresthill Road east of town and all areas of Foresthill proper along Foresthill Road down to Hillcrest Mobile Home Park. Additional Eevacuation warnings have been issued for El Dorado County North of Highway 193, East of Otter Creek, South of the Placer County line and East of Tunnel Hill Road.

If you need assistance evacuating call the Placer County Sherrif at 530-886-5375

Evacuation Center is now located at the Bell Road Baptist Church located at 707 Bell Road in North Auburn.

Placer County animal shelter is open and accepting displaced animals. 11232 B Avenue in North Auburn.


The Mosquito fire was mapped at 4:48 am at approximately 822 acres. The fire is burning to the north toward Foresthill Road. Fire behavior today is expected to increase significantly with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees on the fire line. It is likely that this fire will experience a large increase in acreage and with typical wind direction move primarily up canyon to the east. All evacuations and warnings remain in effect and more evacuations could be added in the next 12 hours. People living and working in the Foresthill area should be prepared to leave immediately if directed to do so by public safety authorities.


Maintain your incident awareness by monitoring the Foresthill Fire District Facebook Page, Foresthill Fire District Web Page, the Watch Duty App, The Foresthill Emergency Alert Radio at 1020 am or online at peridot.streamguys.com:5370/MainIntroduction1020AM


Please sign up for Placer Alerts at Placer Alert | Placer County, CA


Updates will be provided throughout the day as new information is received.



MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE - September 6 at 12:35 AM

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR:

GORMAN RANCH

CHICKEN HAWK

MICHIGAN BLUFF.

BAKER RANCH

BATH ROAD

HIDDEN TREASURE ROAD

CRYSTAL VIEW LANE

SEQUOIA WAY

RIDGE VIEW ROAD

MOSQUITO RIDGE ROAD EAST OF SOAP STREET


Evacuation warnings for areas north of Foresthill Road east of town and all areas of Foresthill proper along Foresthill Road down to Hillcrest Mobile Home Park


If you need assistance evacuating call the Placer County Sherrif at 530-886-5375


Evacuation Center is now located at the Bell Road Baptist Church located at 707 Bell Road in North Auburn



MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE - September 6 at 12:03 AM

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR:

GORMAN RANCH

CHICKEN HAWK

MICHIGAN BLUFF.

BAKER RANCH

BATH ROAD

HIDDEN TREASURE ROAD

CRYSTAL VIEW LANE

SEQUOIA WAY

RIDGE VIEW ROAD

MOSQUITO RIDGE ROAD EAST OF SOAP STREET



Evacuation Center is at Memorial Hall in Foresthill - 24601 Harrison Street




MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE - September 6 at 11:00PM

GORMAN RANCH

CHICKEN HAWK

MICHIGAN BLUFF.

BAKER RANCH


Evacuation Center is being set up at Memorial Hall in Foresthill - 24601 Harrison Street



MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE - September 6 at 10:30PM

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR:

GORMAN RANCH

CHICKEN HAWK

MICHIGAN BLUFF.

BAKER RANCH

The Mosquito fire is burning just above Oxbow Reservoir and has crossed Gorman Ranch Road. At last report, the fire which is burning in steep terrain with limited access is in excess of 100 acres with a moderate rate of spread.

If you are in an evacuation zone, please follow the directions of public safety officials and leave immediately. Your safety is our priority.

Additional resources will be arriving over the next several hours and crews will continue working the fire throughout the night.

Excessive heat tomorrow is likely to increase the spread rate of the fire and make control efforts more difficult. Additional evacuations and warnings are likely. Please keep updated on the fire by monitoring the Foresthill Facebook Page, the Foresthill Fire District Web Page, the Watch Duty app, and the Foresthill Emergency Alert Radio online or at 1020 AM.

Make a plan now to be able to leave immediately if asked. This is a serious major fire. While there is no evacuation warnings for Foresthill or Todd Valley, residents should be prepared to leave should conditions change.




MOSQUITO FIRE UPDATE - September 6 at 10:00PM

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR GORMAN RANCH, CHICKEN HAWK AND MICHIGAN BLUFF.

Evacuation warning for Baker Ranch.

The Mosquito fire is burning just above Oxbow Reservoir. At last report, the fire which is burning in steep terrain with limited access is 26 acres with a moderate rate of spread. A spot fire has developed ahead of the fire prompting the evacuations and the fire has crossed Mosquito Ridge Road to the east.

If you are in an evacuation zone please follow the directions of public safety officials and leave immediately. Your safety is our priority.

Additional resources will be arriving over the next several hours and crews will continue working the fire throughout the night.

Excessive heat tomorrow is likely to increase the spread rate of the fire and make control efforts more difficult. Additional evacuations and warnings are likely. Please keep updated on the fire by monitoring the Foresthill Facebook Page, the Foresthill Fire District Web Page, the Watch Duty app, and the Foresthill Emergency Alert Radio online or at 1020 AM.

Make a plan now to be able to leave immediately if asked. This is a serious major fire. While there is no evacuation warnings for Foresthill or Todd Valley, residents should be prepared to leave should conditions change.

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