Rices Fire in Northern California triggers evacuations

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A dangerous and fast-growing wildfire near South Yuba State Park in Northern California’s Nevada County, about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento, triggered evacuations on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The Rices Fire ignited at Rices Crossing and Cranston roads, south of Dobbins at 2 p.m., Cal Fire said. By 3:30 p.m., the blaze was 100 acres with reports of one structure destroyed. By 4 p.m., Cal Fire said it was 350 acres with multiple spot fires.

“Air resources are asking for additional support including an additional tanker,” Cal Fire said. 

A tanker does an air drop on the Rices Fire near North San Juan in Nevada County, Calif., on June 28, 2022.

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The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office issued mandatory evacuations for several areas. You can find those on ZoneHaven.

The sheriff’s office set up a temporary evacuation point at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Wildfire photographer Michael Steinberg was almost at the scene of the blaze when he posted on Twitter, “It’s ripping.”

Steinberg posted an image showing a large smoke cloud rising from mountains in the distance in another tweet.

The Feather River Air Quality Management District said winds were blowing in a southwesterly direction on Tuesday afternoon and blowing the smoke farther into Nevada County. 

“Winds are forecasted to shift to east overnight. Wildfire smoke impacts could be possible in Yuba County tonight,” the management district said.

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain wrote on Twitter: “It’s hot and breezy in the fire zone, and large-diameter fuels (i.e., dead and down trees as well as heavier brush) are extremely dry right now.”

Get updates on the fire from Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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