On Tuesday authorities said a quick-moving brush has broken out in the isolated Nevada County Northern California, forcing evacuations, and threatening around 500 homes and other buildings.

According to the most recent report, the observed aggressive fire behavior is caused by steep and rocky terrain, critically dry and reactive fuel beds, active areas for fire activity, and drought-stressed vegetation.

Fire Breakout Time

The Rices fire broke out around 2 p.m. near the Yuba River in Nevada County and had spread to more than 500 acres by nightfall, said Brian Estes, the state’s director of forestry and fire services.

Just before 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported that a fire in the vicinity of North 90th Street and Avenue K was about five acres in size. By 3:30 pm, the fire had spread to nearly 150 acres, necessitating a second-alarm resource call for around 200 firefighters, as well as air and ground units.

The fire was one of several that started in Northern California Tuesday as the state was becoming sweltering under the summer heat and temperatures near the Rices Fire reached as high as 36.6 ° C with low humidity.

According to Estes, the fire was consuming heavy timber, oak forests, and brush as it moved north and northeast toward the Yuba River drainage. Daytime highs were over 96 degrees, relative humidity was under 10 percent, and winds from the southwest were gusting at least 8 miles per hour.

Damage and Evacuation Plan

As per the local report, it is believed that almost 4 structures were destroyed in the fire but the officials have confirmed that only one residence is fully involved in the fire.

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Four zones have mandatory evacuation orders, including the general area north of Bridgeport’s Pleasant Valley Road, east of Birchville Road, and down to the Yuba County boundary, the Nevada County sheriff’s office said.

The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services has declared the Madelyn Helling Library, located at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City, as a temporary evacuation location.

See readynevadacounty.org / dashboard for a comprehensive map of areas where evacuation orders and warnings are in effect. A detailed map of the rooms will also be published at readynevadacounty.org / dashboard under evacuation alerts and warnings.

A makeshift evacuation site has been open at the Madelyn Helling Library at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City, according to the Nevada County Emergency Management Agency.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

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Harris County Sheriff’s Office

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