Northern California wildfires: Where to find air quality updates, evacuations and official information

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Updated 7:05 a.m. July 12

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Firefighters made progress on the Washburn Fire in Yosemite National Park near Mariposa Grove, leading to the evacuation of Wawona and Wawona Campground on Friday.

There are approximately 500 giant sequoias in the grove, some up to 200 feet tall and nearly 3,000 years old. Protecting them from wildfires like the Washburn Fire has become a recurring battle in recent years. Marc Peebles of the US Forest Service says additional measures are in place now.

“Some of the trees have been wrapped in fire retardant wrap and some sprinkler systems have been installed in the Mariposa grove to help protect the grove,” he said.

The fire was 22% contained Tuesday morning. At a community meeting with evacuated residents last night, Yosemite Park Supervisor Cicely Muldoon said that since there are no other major wildfires in the state, the personnel and equipment are readily available.

“We now have close to 700 people assigned to this fire. We’re attacking it any way we can, lots of aircraft, lots of handlines, lots of counterfire,” Muldoon said. “It was impressive to watch and we are so grateful that the whole team came together so quickly.”

Firefighters continued to make progress in controlling the Electra Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties ahead of Sunday, according to Cal Fire. All fire evacuation orders were reduced to warnings on Saturday.

Firefighters said warmer weather on Monday contributed to continued smoldering inside the fire’s perimeter. About 452 structures are still listed as threatened, up from more than 1,200 earlier this week.

Check airnow.gov to get the latest air quality forecast for your area.

This post will be updated with the latest information on these fires when it becomes available. Sign up for emergency alerts in your county to be notified of warnings and evacuation orders.

These are the fires we are following. Click for more information:

Here are some resources on how to prepare for wildfires and track fire information:


Washburn Fire

Counties: Mariposa (Yosemite National Park)

Watch the July 11 Washburn Fire Community Meeting

Where to get information

Area and containment

As of 6:11 a.m. on July 12, that fire was 22% contained and had burned 3,221 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on the evacuations:

Electra Fire

Counties: Amador, Calaveras

Where to get information

Area and containment

As of 7 a.m. on July 12, this fire was 93% contained and had burned 4,478 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on the evacuations:


Rice Fire

Counties: Nevada, Yuba

Where to get information

Area and containment

As of 9 a.m. on July 7, this fire was 98% contained and had burned 904 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on the evacuations:

Fully contained fires

Sandra Fire

  • Dates: June 30 – July 3
  • Total area: 34 acres

Nelson’s Fire

  • Dates: June 30 – July 1
  • Total area: 250


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