JACKSON (CBS13) – The latest information on the Electra Fire burning near the Amador and Calaveras county lines:
The area and containment have remained stable since the afternoon, Cal Fire said at a press conference. No structural damage was reported.
The Amador County Sheriff said residents can return to their homes in the Butte Mountain Road corridor area to the Clinton Road intersection.
Two people were arrested and taken to Amador County Jail after being found in evacuation zones, the sheriff said.
Both the Amador and Calaveras County Sheriff’s Offices said law enforcement officials would remain in the evacuated areas.
The Electra Fire reached 4,112 acres, although containment increased significantly to 40%, Cal Fire said. Additionally, Cal Fire said 17% of the fire was under control, meaning there were no longer any hot spots or smoke activity in that area.
Pacific Gas and Electric also said it has made significant progress with power outages affecting people in the area of the fire. The number of PG&E customers without power has fallen from about 8,000 to about 2,300 in parts of Amador and Calaveras counties.
Some evacuation orders in Amador County are now reduced to a warning.
Cal Fire says residents along Clinton Road and Butte Mountain Road are now ready to return home. In addition, the road closure of Lower Clinton Road and Butte Mountain Road is also removed.
The evacuation warning zone east of Jackson along Highway 88 to Preitali Road has also been removed.
All previously announced orders, warnings and road closures in Calaveras County remain in effect.
Firefighters continued to gain ground against the Electra Fire overnight Wednesday into Wednesday.
Cal Fire reports the blaze is still 3,900 acres in size, but is now 10% contained. Additionally, Cal Fire says they expect full containment by July 18.
Crews report that the recuperation of humidity in the early morning hours helped quell fire activity.
Firefighters will work Wednesday to reinforce lines of control.
Updates from the day before (July 5) below:
State officials said the Electra Fire had grown to more than 3,900 acres, a jump of nearly 900 acres from Tuesday morning.
Despite the growth, firefighters were able to make progress by gaining 5% containment on the blaze, according to Cal Fire.
More than 1,200 structures remain threatened by the fire. So far, no structure has been destroyed.
A firefighter was injured, Cal Fire said.
Two locations in Calaveras County serve as evacuation campsites for those affected by the Electra Fire.
A site is located at the County Fairgrounds at 2465 Gun Club Road in Angels Camp. The other is located in the Camanche South Shore Recreation Area at 11700 Wade Lane in Valley Springs.
The county emergency services office stressed that the sites are not shelters and there was no indoor space available. Space is available for those with RVs, tents, trailers or vehicles. Pets are welcome.
The mandatory evacuation and evacuation warning zones have now been expanded, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office said.
Residents are asked to refer to this map. People can also enter their address on this website to see if it is in the order or warning areas.
In Calaveras County, evacuation warnings are now issued for the following areas: 353, 354, 342, 343, 328, 329, and 330.
Road closures are also in effect throughout the area. The following intersections are closed: Highway 88 at Tabeau Road, Highway 88 at Mount Zion Road, Clinton Road at Butte Mountain Road, Clinton Road at Amador Lane, Clinton Road at West Clinton Road
PG&E says about 15,000 customers are still without power in parts of Amador and Calaveras counties as of Tuesday morning. Crews preemptively de-energized several distribution lines at the request of Cal Fire.
The utility company also says it has a number of assets potentially at risk due to the Electra fire.
Cal Fire says the Electra Fire reached 3,034 acres Tuesday morning.
Firefighters said in their morning situation update that there was still a threat to critical power infrastructure in the area.
The region’s rugged terrain also continues to complicate firefighting. Containment is still at 0% and no expected full containment date has been given by Cal Fire.
Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place.
Updates from the day before (July 5) below:
After being stranded at a PG&E power plant for hours, around 100 people were evacuated to safety Monday evening as crews continue to battle the Electra Fire, which burns in the Sierra foothills along the boundary of Amador and Calaveras counties. According to firefighters, the wildfire is not under control and is moving towards Calaveras County.
The Amador County Sheriff’s Office said the fire started in the afternoon near Vox Beach, a recreation area on Electra Road, a few miles southeast of Jackson. A deputy quickly evacuated the roughly 100 people at the beach, taking them to a nearby hydroelectric plant along the North Fork Mokelumne River. A power plant worker let them in and PG&E provided them with shelter and water.
John Sullivan, who was inside the power plant, told CBS13 by phone that he was at the beach with his wife and children celebrating the July 4 holiday when they saw what looked like a bonfire spiraling out of control. As people tried to leave, the fire blocked the road and a deputy at the scene evacuated them to the power station.
Sullivan said firefighters planned to clear the fire before letting people leave the power plant, but the road was blocked by firefighting equipment and fallen trees. Yet those inside the factory held out hope that they would return home soon, even as night approached.
Last update before heading back to Sacramento for the night.
The fire covers over 1,000 acres and is moving east into Caloveras County. All 100 people who were at PG&E Powerhouse are safe.
— Andrew G. Haubner (@A_G_Haubner) July 5, 2022
By 11 p.m., everyone inside the plant had been escorted to safety, according to PG&E officials. Meanwhile, the fire had consumed approximately 1,000 acres and jumped over the river into Calaveras County. While more than 100 buildings were threatened by the flames, none had yet been lost. Evacuation orders have been issued on both sides of the river.
On the Amador County side, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the Butte Mountain Road area, as well as a two-mile radius around Tabeau Lake, affecting several roads, such as Amador Lane, Fig Tree Lane , Ponderosa Way, Clinton Road and Tabeau Road. In Calaveras County, an evacuation order has been issued for areas northeast of Mokelumne Hill.
The American Red Cross has set up two shelters: one in Calaveras County inside the San Andreas Town Hall and another in Amador County at the Italian Picnic Ground in Sutter Creek. People with pets in Amador County can take them to the Laughton Ranch in Jackson, officials said.
CAL FIRE says crews will fight the fire overnight. Currently the fire is heading towards Calaveras County and weather conditions are dry with winds around 10 mph.
“We hope to make good progress overnight with our engines, crews and bulldozers,” said CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Jed Gaines. “We’ll be working all night to do what we can to put this thing out.”
Earlier in the evening, crews cut fire lines as planes dropped retardant in the area. An update on the fire is expected at 7 a.m. Tuesday.