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Mosquito Fire in Foresthill continues to grow, evacuations ordered

The Mosquito Fire which started Tuesday afternoon grew from 1000 acres to almost 6000 acres by Thursday morning. Some structures have been damaged in the fire.

The fire started near Oxbow Reservoir around 6 pm today. Dry conditions with strong winds have fueled the fire. Overnight winds pushed the fire and smoke down the mountains. Residents of Placer County and northern Sacramento County will see and smell smoke this morning. Winds are expected to shift this afternoon and push the smoke and fire to the north and east.

Cal Fire Incident Report

Today the Mosquito Fire showed extreme fire behavior and growth, more than
quadrupling in size to over 4,000 acres. Assigned personnel continued to improve
existing control line and build new control lines, and also assessed and prepared
structures threatened by the fire. The fire is burning in extremely difficult terrain
including steep canyons where directly attacking the fire can be difficult.

The weather in the fire area will continue to be extremely hot and dry overnight and
into tomorrow. Combined with very low fuel moistures fire conditions are likely to
replicate today’s behavior during the overnight period and into tomorrow’s
operational period.

It is incredibly important all those who receive an evacuation order leave the area
immediately and it is recommended that those in an evacuation warning zone leave
the area as well. Several updates to the evacuation order and warnings zones were
made today to protect the life and safety of those who live and work in the fire area.

The Unified Commanders of the Mosquito Fire are aware of reports of damaged
structures. The damage inspection process will be initated when fire conditions
allow.

All Californians need to be prepared for wildfire before one ignites in their
community. Be Ready, Set, Go! Visit www.readyforwildfire.org for more information
on how to prepare yourself and your family.

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