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Update: Rice's Fire increases to over 900 acres, 22% contained

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A Cal Fire handcrew arrives to the Rice's Fire as it burns over Troost Trail Tuesday afternoon in rural North San Juan above the Bridgeport Bridge State Park area. More than 500 acres had burned as of press time.

Photo: Elias Funez

UPDATE Friday 8:30 a.m.:

The Rice's Fire remains at 904 acres and is now 22% contained, according to an incident report release by Cal Fire Friday morning.

Thirteen firefighters have been injured fighting this fire, which started as an "uninhabitable structure fire" that spread into the vegetation, according to the reports. The cause of the structure fire remains under investigation.

Full containment is expected July 5, the report states.

UPDATE Friday 7:30 a.m.:

Repopulation information

From Nevada County Sheriff's Office:

Due to the aggressive work of CAL FIRE NEU and mutual aid partners on the #ricesfire, significant progress has been made that allows us to begin repopulation to the affected areas.

The Evacuation Orders for zones; NCO-E329 and NCO-E383 have been to an Evacuation Warning. There is still heavy first responder traffic in the area. There are still ongoing Evacuation Orders in portions of the area. Pleasant Valley Rd between Birchville Road and Bridgeport is open to with valid ID - this will be monitored by CHP - Grass Valley.

Zone NCO-E029 has been split for re-population purposes. Only a portion of zone NCO-E029 has been downgraded to an Evacuation Warning, the rest remains under Evacuation ORDER.

Residences along the following roads in zone NCO-E029 remain under EVACUATION ORDER: Rices Crossing, Troost Trail, Den Court, Mark Court, Cranston Road. There is still heavy first responder traffic in the area.

Check community.zonehaven.com for Rices Fire updates.

When entering the burned area, residents need to be on alert for hot spots, rolling debris and other hazards. .

As a reminder, there is still heavy first responder traffic in the area. Please travel though the area with caution.

UPDATE at 1 p.m. Thursday

Due to firefighters using the Nevada County Fairgrounds as a staging area, Music in the Mountains is changes venues for this weekend's SummerFest concerts, according to a press release. Read more here.

UPDATE at 10:25 a.m. Thursday

The Rice's Fire remains at 904 acres, and is now 12% contained.

UPDATE at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday

From Cal Fire:

Rices, Vegetation Fire, Nevada County, Update

Rices Crossing Rd x Cranston Rd, 4 miles south of Dobbins

State DPA, SRA/FRA, Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit

• 904 acres brush and oak woodland, 10% contained

• Damage to 66kV transmission lines, threat to 230kV transmission lines

• Power outage in the area

• Threats exist to structures, critical infrastructure, endangered species, watersheds, cultural, and heritage resources

• Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place

• Road closures in the area

• Steep access making containment difficult

• Sacramento Regional IMT Type 3 assigned

Wednesday Update 1:30 p.m.:

Cal Fire held a briefing on the Rices Fire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon.

The fire has increased to "just" over 900 acres and is still at 0% containment, Cal Fire Unit Chief Brian Estes said, though firefighters hope that containment percentage increases by tonight.

A morning press release from Cal Fire stated "full containment" could be expected by July 1. Estes called that "optimistic at this point."

Wednesday Update 7:50 a.m.:

Cal Fire estimates full containment of the Rices Fire by July 1, according to a release posted Wednesday morning.

The fire is currently burning 769 acres with 0% containment, the release states.

"Today, the fire exhibited active fire behavior with wind driven runs and single tree spotting and long range spotting," the release states.

The reports states 520 structures are threatened while 4 have been destroyed, though, assessment is ongoing, the release states.

One firefighter was injuried fighting the fire, according to the release.

Cal Fire says 640 personnel are fighting this fire, along with 80 engines, 20 water tenders, 11 dozers and 15 hand crews.

UPDATE at 8:20 p.m.

Cal Fire is holding a press conference. Cal Fire Unit Chief Brian Estes is answering questions.

According to officials, aircraft is over the fire for intelligence gathering. They will be there overnight.

Start of fire was at 2 p.m. First responders were there within 10 to 12 minutes, but weather conditions hastened the fire. It was over an acre when they arrived.

No injuries to any first responders.

Cause under investigation.

Fire at 510 acres, zero percent contained. Reports that structures have been destroyed, but no specifics. Five hundred structures are threatened.

Over 350 personnel assigned. By Wednesday, should see over 700 people assigned. Incident command will be at Nevada County Fairgrounds at 7 a.m.

UPDATE at 7:34 p.m.

From Sheriff's Office:

Our law enforcement units will remain in the area throughout the night providing extra patrol to the evacuated areas.

Road closures remain in effect on Birchville Rd at Highway 49 and Pleasant Valley Rd at Bridgeport.

UPDATE at 7:19 p.m.

New areas, including spots around Lake Francis, now under an evacuation advisory.

UPDATE at 6:30 p.m.

Rice's Fire now 520 acres and zero percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

UPDATE 6:10 p.m.:

Rice's Fire is now burning 510 acres.

Update 5 p.m.:

A Tuesday afternoon vegetation fire above Rice's Crossing Road quickly took off and consumed more than 350 acres of vegetation as of press time with no updates on the fire's containment. At least one structure was reported to have burned.

The fire was first reported after about 2 p.m. from the 16,700 block of Rice's Crossing Road, as ¼ acre with flames showing and a moderate rate of spread.

Within minutes the conflagration moved uphill, prompting evacuations along Troost Trail, sending spot fires ahead of the blaze.

Type 2 and type 1 very large air tankers were quickly called up from McClellan air base to help the Grass Valley air attack and tankers fight the Rice's Fire.

By 5 p.m. another vegetation fire, possibly a spot from the Rice's Fire, ignited in the Oregon House area of Yuba County with the potential of burning another 100 acres of vegetation.

Firefighters from North San Juan, Penn Valley, Nevada County Consolidated, Grass Valley, Nevada City and many others helped fight the fire.

UPDATE 4:09 p.m.:

Rice Fire is now 350 acres, according to Cal Fire.

Evacuation Zone Update:

More info can be found at Ready Nevada County Dashboard.

UPDATE 4 p.m.:

Rice Fire is now more than 150 acres, according to Cal Fire.

"Incident commander reports the fire is now over 150 acres with multiple spot fire," Cal Fire NEU stated on Facebook. "Air resources are asking for additional support including an additional tanker."

UPDATE 3:42 p.m.:

A Temporary Evacuation Point for #RicesFire is open at the Madelyn Helling Library (980 Helling Way, Nevada City), according to a tweet from the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services.

A Temporary Evacuation Point for #RicesFire is open at the Madelyn Helling Library (980 Helling Way, Nevada City).

— Nevada County OES (@NevCoOES) June 28, 2022

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.:

Road closures in place for the Rice Fire. Hard closures in place at Pleasant Valley at Birchville and Pleasant Valley at Bridgeport.

A firefighter assesses the approaching fire along Troost Trail in rural Nevada County Tuesday as the Rice's Fire burned more than 500 acres.

Photo: Elias Funez

UPDATE 3:15 p.m.:

Zones NCO-E029, NCO-E383 and CSP-E028 are now evacuation orders. Additional evac warning for zone NCO-E329

Additionally updates on the Rice Fire can be found at The Union Now as well: https://www.theunion.com/now/

A welcome home sign sits at the front gate of a home along Troost Trail, that was saved by firefighters from the Rice's Fire Tuesday afternoon in Nevada County.

Initially Posted:

A fire Tuesday caused evacuation warnings in the North San Juan area.

The fire, burning near Rice's Crossing Road, was burning 50-60 acres as of 3 p.m.

Screengrab from the Ready Nevada County Dashboard.

One structure was reportedly destroyed in the blaze.

Black smoke from the Rice's Fire blots out the sunlight Tuesday afternoon along Troost Trail in Nevada County.

Photo: Elias Funez A type 1 Coulson C-130 air tanker circles the Rice's Fire in Nevada County Tuesday in anticipation of making a retardant drop.

Photo: Elias Funez Flames from the Rice's Fire burn near a home along Troost Trail Tuesday afternoon in rural North San Juan.

Photo: Elias Funez Fire retardant from an air tanker drop covers a fire truck fighting Tuesday's Rice's Fire in rural North San Juan.

Firefighters coordinate the ground fire attack on the Rice's Fire Tuesday afternoon from Troost Trail.

Photo: Elias Funez A Cal Fire hand crew prepares to attack the Rice's Fire Tuesday afternoon off of Troost Trail.

Photo: Elias Funez

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