A wildfire that may have been caused by fireworks or a barbecue on the Fourth of July in a hilly region of California that is a popular tourist attraction was expanding on Tuesday.
After starting Monday afternoon, the Electra Fire in California’s Sierra Nevada Gold Country tripled in size to around 6.1 square miles (15.8 square kilometers). Tuesday night, it was only 5% contained.
Firefighters reported that the blaze was only making brief, uphill trips.
According to the Amador County Sheriff, “The rate of dissemination is not as fast as it was the day before; it is, nonetheless, continuing to spread”. In order to keep the blaze from spreading to populated areas, the firefighters were fighting to contain the flames in the canyons, he said.
At least 700 residents in Amador County and 300 to 400 residents of Calaveras County were subjected to mandatory evacuation orders and advisories, according to Redman. People and animals were evacuated from the area.
When the blaze broke out at a recreation area full of people enjoying the holiday by the river, Redman estimated that 85 to 100 individuals had to seek refuge at a Pacific Gas & Electric plant. All were later rescued from the building.
The closest I’ve ever come to fire was here.” Milka Mikula of Valley Springs, who was at the river with her husband, 5-year-old daughter, and 1-year-old son, said, “It was literally within feet of us.”
She told KCRA-TV that they had to wait for almost six hours before they could begin their journey home.
“All I wanted to do was get back home,” she said. I was desperate to be free of that place with my children. Mikula said she had been shaking for a long time.
However, according to Redman, there is no information on what caused the blaze except that it originated near Vox Beach on the North Fork Mokelumne River area. He speculated that it could be related to a party with fireworks or a BBQ.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection rushed more than 100 fire engines, 1,200 firefighters, and 14 aircraft to the blaze, which constituted a threat to electricity infrastructure. According to the report, the terrain was “steep and difficult.”
A fire incident management team was assembled by Cal Fire to deal with the blaze. According to Cal Fire, the teams “are made up of skilled employees who give operational management and assistance to large-scale, expanding situations.
According to Redman, a local firefighter sustained burn injuries.
The Electra Fire in Calaveras County, California’s Rich Gulch hamlet, is doused with water by a fireman.
East of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada region, Vox Beach is about 55 miles (89 kilometers) east of the city’s central business district.
Several smaller blazes were raging across the state.