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Fire at a glance (numbers)

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Baker,  located near Bullards Bar Reservoir, 4 miles west of Camptonville, Yuba County. Started on private property, TNF is the lead agency.

March 6, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Containment is up to 90%.

March 5, 2020 at 5:30 PM

The Baker Fire is an ongoing wildfire incident North of Bullards Bar Reservoir within the Tahoe National Forest’s Direct Protection Area. Over the last 24 hour period, firefighting personal and heavy equipment have fully encircled the Baker Fire with containment line. The Baker Fire has transitioned from a type III to a type IV incident. The majority of firefighting resources will be released today at approximately 8:00 p.m., reflected in the table above. Over the next 24 hours, remaining firefighters will continue to manage the Baker Fire using suppression tactics and will continue mopping up within existing containment lines.

March 4, 2020 at 1:39 PM

TNF update: The Baker Fire is an ongoing wildfire incident North of Bullards Bar Reservoir within the Tahoe National Forest’s Direct Protection Area. Working through the night, firefighting personal and heavy equipment continued to encircle the Baker Fire with containment line. Accurate mapping now totals the Baker Fire’s footprint at 42 acres. Yesterday’s spot fire has been completely contained. Today, responding firefighters will continue to manage the Baker Fire using suppression tactics and will continue constructing containment lines utilizing personnel and heavy equipment.

The Baker Fire is under jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service. Additional responding agencies include CAL FIRE and the Camptonville and Pike Volunteer Fire Departments.

The Baker Fire originated as the result of an escaped debris burn on adjacent private property. While the debris burn took place under allowed conditions, the Tahoe National Forest urges local residents and private property owners to use caution when prepping for and engaging in debris or pile burning. An unseasonable dry February has resulted in fuel conditions and increased fire risk uncharacteristic of this time of year.

March 4, 2020 at 8:37 AM

Fire behavior diminished overnight. Crews continue to strengthen control lines.

March 3, 2020 at 8:54 PM

The Baker Fire is now 30% contained. Dozer operations are done for the night, 30-500 ft of handline needed to complete the hoselay. Firefighters will continue to work through the night.

March 3, 2020 at 5:20 PM

Helicopter 404 is being released from the fire, stopping at the Grass Valley Air Attack Base for fuel and then heading back to their home base.

March 3, 2020 at 5:14 PM

Info tidbit: This fire is burning in the 1999 Pendola Fire scar.

March 3, 2020 at 5:13 PM

Helicopter 205 is being released from the fire, stopping at the Grass Valley Air Attack Base for fuel and then heading back to their home base.

March 3, 2020 at 4:30 PM

TNF update: The Baker Fire is currently burning North of Bullards Bar Reservoir within the Tahoe National Forest. Fire behavior has moderated within the last hour. Current estimates calculate the Baker Fire to encompass 30 total acres. Responding firefighters are managing the Baker Fire using suppression tactics and are constructing containment line utilizing personnel and heavy equipment. Responding firefighters will continue to implement suppression tactics and/or monitor the incident throughout the night and into tomorrow as needed.

March 3, 2020 at 4:26 PM

Firefighters are picking up small hot spots and continue to build line. Dozers are making their way up to the ridgeline. No significant additional growth is expected.

March 3, 2020 at 4:02 PM

IC estimates the fire at 30 acres and now 5% contained. There are still areas of concern on the backside of the hill. Resources are making good progress on line construction in very steep terrain with extremely dense brush and timber.

March 3, 2020 at 3:39 PM

Helicopter 205 en route to the fire after refueling at GVAAB. Photo YubaNet

Firefighters are focusing on hot spots and preventing additional spot fires. Line construction is going well.

March 3, 2020 at 3:29 PM

The fire is now estimated at 30 acres, mostly interior burning. Rate of spread has slowed, firefighters are making good progress. Bucket work by the helicopters has taken the heat out of the hot spot. Resources will be committed overnight.

March 3, 2020 at 3:26 PM

Washington Ridge Crew 4 and the helitack crew of copter 514 have arrived at the fire.

March 3, 2020 at 3:12 PM

There are no evacuations or road closures at this time, no injuries reported.

March 3, 2020 at 3:10 PM

Air Attack confirms the fire at 20-30 acres with one spot fire. The spot fire will be the priority for the helicopters.

March 3, 2020 at 3:03 PM

Lead Plane 55 is over the fire now, helicopter 404 is inbound to Grass Valley for fuel. The fire has reached the top of the ridge – fire behavior has somewhat moderated.

March 3, 2020 at 2:51 PM

Washington Ridge Crew 4 has been assigned to the fire, they are en route now.

March 3, 2020 at 2:47 PM

Firefighters will use the existing rads to establish anchor points for containment lines. The very dense brush will make for slow going. A second dozer is en route to the fire.

March 3, 2020 at 2:40 PM

Air Attack en route from Redding to the fire, now reported as  25-30 acres. Firefighters and the helicopters are focusing on the 3-5 acre spot fire. The fire started as an escaped debris burn on private property.

March 3, 2020 at 2:32 PM

Two additional tankers requested to the fire.

March 3, 2020 at 2:27 PM

Update form the TNF: Located North of Bullards Bar Reservoir within the Tahoe National Forest, the Baker Fire is currently burning through heavy brush with a moderate to rapid rate of spread. Current estimates calculate the Baker Fire to encompass 20 acres with an additional 3-4 acre spot fire. The Baker Fire is under jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service. Additional responding agencies include CAL FIRE and the Camptonville and Pike Volunteer Fire Departments.

The cause of the Baker Fire is still under investigation.

March 3, 2020 at 2:24 PM

One CAL FIRE Helicopter and an additional NEU engine en route to the fire.

March 3, 2020 at 2:17 PM

The fire is located in the Barker Ranch area, one structure threatened. Additional resources are arriving on scene. Tahoe National Forest reports BC-32 BC-71 DIV-3 DIV-6 E-331 E-333 E-61 E-72 WT-31 on scene at this time.

March 3, 2020 at 2:06 PM

The fire is burning at a moderate rate of spread. CAL FIRE Washington Rdge crew 2, 1 dozer, 1 engine from CAL FIRE, Pike, Camptonville, Loma Rica Fire area assisting the Tahoe National Forest.

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