Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Airola, Calaveras County
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: TCU
  • Size (acres): 639
  • Percent Contained: 92%
  • Estimate of Containment: September 5, 2021
  • Personnel: 45
  • Structures Destroyed: 0

Airola, Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, Cal Fire. Two miles north of Columbia, CA. Chaparral, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

September 2, 2021 at 6:57 PM

Firefighters will continue to work towards full containment, mop-up of established fire line, regularly patrol and will remain in the area until suppression repair is completed. This will be the last update for this incident.

September 2, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Minimal fire activity has been observed while crews are conducting mop-up operations, suppression repair and patrol. Cooler high temperatures are expected today. A slight increase in relative humidity and west winds will continue but with decreased strength.

September 1, 2021 at 7:44 AM

Suppression repair efforts, fire line reinforcement, mop-up and patrol will continue. Cooler high temperatures are expected today and tomorrow. A slight increase in relative humidity and west winds will continue but with decreased strength.

August 31, 2021 at 7:40 AM

Firefighters will continue with suppression repair efforts along parts of the fire line. Where established fire line exists strengthening, mop-up and patrol is ongoing. Critical fire conditions of strong winds, low humidity, and extremely dry fuels have prompted a Red Flag Warning that will continue through tonight.

August 30, 2021 at 7:16 PM

Mop-up, control line improvements, and suppression repair are ongoing.

August 30, 2021 at 6:45 AM

Firefighters continue to make good progress improving control lines and mopping up. Critical fire conditions of strong winds, low humidity, and extremely dry fuels have prompted a Red Flag Warning for this morning through Tuesday evening.

August 29, 2021 at 9:33 AM

The change in acreage reflected this morning is due to more accurate mapping.

Crews are working in steep terrain with limited road access while containment line construction, mop-up, and suppression repair will continue today.

August 28, 2021 at 8:51 AM

Firefighters are holding the fire line where established and conducting mop-up operations and patrol. Crews will continue to construct and strengthen fire line today.

A warming trend is expected through the weekend as high pressure builds. Relative humidity will drop into the single digits. With poor overnight humidity recover through Saturday.

August 27, 2021 at 6:57 PM

As of 8:00 P.M. tonight, all Evacuation Warnings issued will be lifted.

Firefighters worked tirelessly today towards increased containment and will continue to strengthen containment lines, conduct mop-up operations and patrol.

August 27, 2021 at 7:55 AM

Fire line construction and strengthening will continue today. Where containment lines are established fire fighters will patrol and mop-up hot pots. Steep and rocky terrain with difficult access for equipment in the Stanislaus River Canyon continues to challenge firefighters.

Warming temperatures with lowering humidity are expected today into the weekend. Wind will generally be upslope during the day, turning downslope at night. Locally gusty west wind is possible this afternoon.

August 26, 2021 at 7:53 PM

Firefighters continue to construct containment line despite critically dry fuels, steep terrain, limited resources, and other fires nearby. They will continue to fight fire throughout the night and cool the fire perimeter.

Warmer temperatures, lower humidity, and increase in wind are expected over the next several days.

August 26, 2021 at 7:13 PM

As of 8pm this evening, all Evacuation Orders issued for the Airola Fire will be downgraded to an Evacuation Warning. All other Evacuation Warnings will remain in place.

Road Closures will re-open at 8pm this evening

At 8pm tonight, Parrotts Ferry Rd. from Highway 4 to the South County line will re-open.

PG&E have re-energized the Parrotts Ferry area.

August 26, 2021 at 7:25 AM

Firefighters observed extreme fire behavior yesterday afternoon as the fire made uphill runs and is terrain driven. Critically dry fuels and steep terrain challenged fire crews overnight. Firefighters will continue to establish direct and indirect containment lines today.

Hotter and drier temperatures are forecasted today through the weekend with poor humidity recovery overnight.

For the latest road closures and evacuation information in Calaveras County please visit:

Evacuation Orders:

Vallecito: All of Parrots Ferry Road from the Tuolumne/Calaveras County line at Parrots Ferry Bridge to Highway 4 including Moaning Cavern and Camp Nine Road areas as well as East of Red Hill Road to Parrots Ferry Road.

Evacuation Warnings:

The towns of Douglas Flat and Murphys

Road Closures:

Parrots Ferry Road is expected to remain closed through the night. Highway 4 remains open.

Evacuation Centers:

Mark Twain Elementary School 646 Stanislaus Ave Angel Camp, CA