Evacuation of Rice’s Fire near Nevada City

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Evacuation orders remained in effect Wednesday for the Rice’s Fire, burning along the Yuba River northwest of Grass Valley.

The fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon; as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, it had burned 769 acres, without containment, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. Four buildings had been destroyed and 520 were at risk, the agency said.

Temperatures in the region reached 100 degrees on Tuesday, with relative humidity as low as 6%. A slight cooling is forecast for Wednesday: highs in the 90s, daytime humidity around 10%.

The Zonehaven map above shows mandatory evacuation zones in red and evacuation warnings in yellow.

A temporary evacuation point has been set up at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, and pets have been accepted at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, the sheriff’s department said.

The evacuation zone overlaps that of the Jones Fire, which burned for 11 days in August 2020 and destroyed 21 buildings.

Also Tuesday night, the 200-acre Camino Fire threatened 50 structures in the hills east of Pismo Beach, Cal Fire said. No evacuation had been ordered.

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