Sliger, was Foresthill

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  • Incident Name: Sliger, was Foresthill
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: AEU
  • Size (acres): 150
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: Sept. 10, 2018
  • Personnel: 60
  • Structures Destroyed: 0

Sliger, was Foresthill Fire, off Sliger Mine Rd and Hida Way, northwest of Georgetown (El Dorado County). Minimal fire behavior.

September 10, 2018 at 7:17 AM

As of this morning, the Sliger Fire is 100 % contained.

September 8, 2018 at 8:15 PM

Containment has increased to 85%. Firefighters are rehabbing firelines and continue to strengthen containment lines.

September 8, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Firefighters continue to strengthen containment lines and are mopping up hot spots.

September 7, 2018 at 8:09 AM

Fire is now 65% contained. Full containment expected by tonight. Crews are continuing with mop up and suppression repair. No additional growth expected. Demobilization of excess resources is ongoing.

September 6, 2018 at 7:02 PM

Forward progress has stopped. Firefighters continue to strengthen containment lines and are mopping up hot spots. Increase in acreage due to better mapping.

September 6, 2018 at 6:50 PM

All evacuation advisories and orders in El Dorado and PlacerCounty have been lifted for the Sliger Fire incident. Firefighters still remain at the fire working so please maintain safe vehicle speeds and awareness in the area.

September 6, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Two helicopters are over the Sliger Fire, reporting the fire looks really good. A little smoke production in Division Alpha, but everything looks good so far.

September 6, 2018 at 7:31 AM

All evacuations have been lifted. All road closures have been lifted with the exception of Drivers Flat Road at Foresthill Rd.

September 5, 2018 at 9:21 PM

From Placer County Sheriff’s Office:

This is a message regarding the lifting of the mandatory evacuations from the Sliger Fire. People may return to their homes in the affected areas of McKeon Ponderosa Road and all surrounding areas. Residents are still under an “Advisory” warning in case the fire status changes. There are currently no other restrictions in any areas of Placer County in regards to this fire. Residents in the Todd Valley and surrounding areas are advised that the fire behavior may change and effect the status of evacuations.

All road closures have been lifted with the exception of Drivers Flat Road at Foresthill Rd. This closure will be re-opened at 7:00 am on Thursday with no restrictions. You will continue to see a law enforcement and fire personnel presence in the area for another day or two. Please follow us on social media for updates.

September 5, 2018 at 9:16 PM

Forward progress has stopped. Firefighters continue to build containment lines and strengthen existing lines. Fire activity has decreased significantly. Placer County Sheriff’s Office is working on reducing mandatory evacuations to advisory.

Cooperating Agencies: El Dorado County Sheriffs Office, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, State Parks, USFS, Georgetown FD, El Dorado FD, Garden Valley FD,  Mosquito FD, Diamond Springs FD, Rescue FD, Pioneer FD.

September 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

CAL FIRE and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a community briefing this evening to update residents on the Sliger Fire.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Foresthill Memorial Hall located at 24601 Harrison Street in Foresthill. Fire and sheriff officials will be on hand to address containment efforts, evacuation orders, as well as road closures and shelter locations.

Residents are encouraged to attend.

September 5, 2018 at 3:26 PM

SligerAir Attack is keeping the Type 2 Helicopters for  tomorrow. The Helitanker will be released at the end of the day. Air Attack 230 is leaving the fire.

September 5, 2018 at 2:03 PM

Reports of a possible new start were checked out via helicopter and appear to be unfounded. The whole area was checked to the firefighters’ satisfaction. CHP Helicopter is returning to Placerville.

September 5, 2018 at 11:08 AM

Additional resources, including 2 Washington Ridge crews are en route to the fire.

September 5, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Firefighters are planning and prepping for eventual structure defense and are scouting the area for firelines.

September 5, 2018 at 10:04 AM

Due to a break in the fire line for the #SligerFire, #EDSO is conducting voluntary evacuations for the area of Sliger Mine Road north of Spanish Dry Diggins. We currently have open line on the up-river section of the Sliger Mine fire. Due to the open line on the up-river section of El Dorado County, this area is under a voluntary evacuation order. We have a decision point identified in case the fire moves further up river and we need mandatory evacuations. Please use Spanish Dry Diggins to drive out of the area so emergency vehicles can access the fire. Please be ready to leave the area.

September 5, 2018 at 9:21 AM

McKeon Ponderosa Way and all roads West of McKeon Ponderosa Way from the Placer County line to Forest Hill Rd. including Moshiron Dr., Shady Oak Dr., Quarry Turn Rd., Pine Crest Dr., and Gas Canyon Court remain evacuated.

Evacuation center is at Auburn Recreation Dist. Regional Park Gym located at 3760 Richardson Dr., Auburn.

No firefighter injuries reported, no structure damaged or destroyed.

September 5, 2018 at 8:27 AM

Air Attack 230 is en route from the Grass Valley Air Attack Base and will assume Sliger Air Attack.

September 5, 2018 at 7:59 AM

Primary objective is to contain the right flank from the ridgeline down to the river. Air resources are starting to arrive on scene.

September 5, 2018 at 7:27 AM

Latest Cal Fire update has the fire at 80 acres and 30% contained. Firefighters made good progress overnight securing the lines. Evacuations on the Placer side remain in effect at this time. Per PCSO: The Fire has not yet crossed the Middle Fork of the American River into Placer County. Todd Valley mandatory evacuations are still in place. Residents will not be allowed back into the area. Contingency plans are in place if the fire does cross the river.

September 4, 2018 at 10:05

Evacuations remain on place for Placer County overnight. Drivers Flat Road will be closed overnight and tomorrow morning. PCSO and fire personnel will re-evaluate the situation in the morning.

September 4, 2018 at 9:15 PM

Evacuations in El Dorado County from the #SligerFire have been lifted. Crews will continue strengthening containment lines through the night.

September 4, 2018 at 7:31 PM

Air resources are leaving the fire with cutoff time approaching. Plans for tomorrow morning include early up for the aircraft, maybe using Georgetown airport for the helicopters.

September 4, 2018 at 7:27 PM

Per Caltrans, Sliger Mine Road is now back open from 193.

September 4, 2018 at 7:03 PM

Tanker 100 is being released back to Columbia.

September 4, 2018 at 7:01 PM

Fire activity has greatly moderated,helping firefighters to tie in the lines they’ve constructed.

September 4, 2018 at 6:32 PM

Estimate from Air Attack puts the fire at 75 acres.

September 4, 2018 at 6:22 PM

Cal Fire photo

25 engines, 6 water tenders, 5 crews, 2 dozers and 6 air tankers are currently assigned to the fire. Firefighters are making progress. Air Attack is releasing some tankers to their bases, they will be on a hold and can be reactivated if needed in the next 45 minutes – cutoff time after that.

September 4, 2018 at 5:35 PM

South Placer BR28 and Placer County Strike Team 4131C are responding immediate need to the #SligerFire off Sliger Mine Rd and Hida Way, northwest of Georgetown.

September 4, 2018 at 5:29 PM

September 4, 2018 at 5:15 PM

On the Placer County side: Mandatory evacuations are in effect for McKeon Pondersosa Road and all roads leading to the west from McKeon Ponderosa Road, as well as Moshiron Dr, Shady Oak Dr, Quarry Turn Rd, Pine Crest Dr, & Gas Canyon Court.

Evacuations sites for Placer County: 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Regional Park gym in North Auburn for people 🐕🐈🐎Animal Shelter at 11232 B Ave in North Auburn for animals, per PCSO.

4, 2018 at 5:10 PM

On the El Dorado County side, Sliger Mine Rd north of Spanish Dry Diggins Road is evacuated.

Evacuation Center: Northside School at 8600 Cave Valley Rd., Cool.

Animal evacuation Center: El Dorado County Animal Shelter at 6435 Capitol Ave., Diamond Springs.

Over 200 homes have been evacuated. All evacuations at this point have been mandatory.

September 4, 2018 at 4:57 PM

Clarification: McKeon-Ponderosa and Moshiron off Foresthill Road are closed. Foresthill Road is open.

September 4, 2018 at 4:44 PM

Air Attack is concerned about a spot down at the river that could outflank the retardant lines. Fire is now estimated at 50 acres.

September 4, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Tanker 82 will extend the retardant line at the heel close to the two track road on the El Dorado side.

September 4, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Evacuation Center will be the  Northside, 860 Cave Valley Road, Cool.

September 4, 2018 at 4:18 PM

PCSO photo

Air Attack estimates the fire to be at 40 acres, with possibly 5 acres on the Placer side. Smoke is hampering good visualization. Ground resources are staging on the Placer County side.

September 4, 2018 at 4:14 PM

Per CHP: Foresthill Road at Morshiron Rd is closed.

September 4, 2018 at 4:11 PM

Retardant on the flanks and the heel of the fire are holding. Air Attack is canceling the 2 VLATs at this time. If the fire spots over the river, the VLATs may be ordered again.

September 4, 2018 at 4:04 PM

Fire is active on the ridgeline, fire behavior elsewhere has moderated.

September 4, 2018 at 4:03 PM

CHP will be manning hard closures at SR-193 at Sliger Mine Rd and Spanish Dry Diggins at the airport.

September 4, 2018 at 4:01 PM

News helicopter is flying low in the fire area, Air Attack is getting them out of the area now to have a VLAT drop.

September 4, 2018 at 3:51 PM

4 dozers and 4 crews requested to the fire, possibly pulling some from the North Fire.

September 4, 2018 at 3:48 PM

Tankers are working the heel of the fire, trying to establish an anchor point for direct line construction by ground resources.

September 4, 2018 at 3:35 PM

Sliger Mine Road is being used as an access for crews and engines.

September 4, 2018 at 3:30 PM

The fire is now estimated at 50 acres, well established with spotting.

September 4, 2018 at 3:28 PM

AEU has named the fire the Sliger Fire. 25 acres now. AEU and NEU are working out the details now.

September 4, 2018 at 3:23 PM

The fire is in the Auburn State Recreation area. Evacuation warnings recommended on Ponderosa Way and McKeon.

September 4, 2018 at 3:17 PM

The fire has a significant potential to cross the river, spotting ahead of itself and burning at a moderate to rapid rate of spread. Three heavy tankers, three helicopters ordered to the fire.

September 4, 2018 at 3:14 PM

The fire is located in the Middle Fork of the American River, south of Foresthill Road. Tanker 100 is dropping on the fire now.

September 4, 2018 at 3:09 PM

The fire is estimated at 20 acres now, well established in the canyon already. The fire is being transitioned to the El Dorado unit at this time. Spot fire is reported midslope, there is a strong possibility this will spot over to the Placer County side.

September 4, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Tanker 88 and Tanker 100 on order to the new fire, also doubling the initial dispatch of ground resources.

September 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Now full wildland dispatch to the reported fire on Foresthill Road on the Auburn side of the ravine. Also, a new fire approximately 5 acres in size, north of Georgetown.

September 4, 2018 at 2:56 PM

Reported vegetation fire on Foresthill Road near Drivers Flat, Cal Fire and TNF engines en route.