Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Digger
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: NEU
  • Size (acres): 4
  • Percent Contained:
  • Estimate of Containment: July 24, 2022
  • Personnel: 70+
  • Structures Destroyed: 0

Digger, East Digger Hill Way in Rough and Ready in Nevada County.

July 24, 2022 at 6:17 PM

All aircraft is off the fire. Some retardant dropped in the NID canal, about 50 to 100 gallons.

July 24, 2022 at 5:54 PM

Digger Fire mop-up is ongoing.

July 24, 2022 at 5:52 PM

Air Attack is starting to release some aircraft. They will be available on a load and hold in Grass valley if needed.

July 24, 2022 at 5:40 PM

Air Attack reports all spot fires are lined with retardant, smoke production has halted.

Digger Fire

July 24, 2022 at 5:27 PM

Still a lot of small spots active within the perimeter, the brush in the area is very receptive to ignition.

July 24, 2022 at 5:12 PM

Handlines are complete around the main fire, hand crews working on the spots. The tankers will continue to drop due to the spotting potential and the topography.

July 24, 2022 at 5:07 PM

There are numerous spots all around the fire, but fire behavior has been moderated. Ground resources are working on the easternmost spot fires.

July 24, 2022 at 4:57 PM

Digger Air Attack reports this is the last retardant drop for now, lines have been reinforced on both the main fire and the spots. Tankers will remain overhead. Helicopters and ground resources working the interior. There have been no reports of any structure damage.

July 24, 2022 at 4:50 PM

Good progress on the main fire and the 5 spot fires.

July 24, 2022 at 4:45 PM

Air Attack is keeping both tankers in rotation, hot fuel and retardant reloads at Grass Valley Air Attack base.

July 24, 2022 at 4:38 PM

Intermittent flaring in the brush, per Air Attack.

July 24, 2022 at 4:36 PM

Main body of the fire is still holding within the retardant lines. Crews are working their way in from Stagecoach Way to the well-established spot fires. The spots are held in check with water and retardant drops.

Digger Fire

July 24, 2022 at 4:35 PM

Next retardant drop will be on the spot fire to support the bucket drops.

July 24, 2022 at 4:26 PM

Fire behavior is starting to moderate, resources on both sides of the irrigation ditch are making good progress. Additional resources to make their way to the fire via Stagecoach Way.

July 24, 2022 at 4:22 PM

Additional water tenders requested to the fire. The fire is now within the 2017 Lobo Fire scar – which was part of the Wind Complex.

July 24, 2022 at 4:15 PM

There are no evacuations or road closures at this time. 4 additional engines dispatched to the fire.

July 24, 2022 at 4:14 PM

Spot fires are becoming established on the other side of the ditch, IC requesting additional engines to the fire. Incoming resources to use Bonanza Way.

July 24, 2022 at 4:11 PM

Ground resources are extinguishing hotspots within the containment lines, tankers and helicopters continue to work the spot fires.


July 24, 2022 at 4:09 PM

Tankers are still working the fire, both reinforcing the containment lines and dropping on the spot fires.

July 24, 2022 at 4:06 PM

Air Attack has located another spot fire, all three are very small – 5 by 5 ft.

July 24, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Air Attack reports two spot fires outside of the containment line. Helicopter and ground resources will work on them.

July 24, 2022 at 3:58 PM

Air Attack looking for a reported spot fire.

July 24, 2022 at 3:56 PM

Digger IC requesting an additional water tender. Retardant lines and a dozer line on the flank completed. Forward progress stopped.

July 24, 2022 at 3:52 PM Fire is burning in mostly grass and brush, dozer is tying their line to the water ditch. Fire is still holding.

July 24, 2022 at 3:50 PM

One small spot fire near the ditch now.

July 24, 2022 at 3:48 PM

Fire is holding near the NID ditch, there is potential for spotting. They will keep a close eye from the sky on it.

July 24, 2022 at 3:43 PM

Fire intensity is picking up a little bit, but holding within the retardant lines. Approximately 3 acres now.

Digger Fire

July 24, 2022 at 3:41 PM

Additional tanker drops on the left flank, ground resources are aware. Helicopters arriving on the incident.

July 24, 2022 at 3:39 PM

Location of the Digger Fire, tankers are dropping on both flanks.

July 24, 2022 at 3:33 PM

Air Attack is over the Digger incident, reports about 1/2 acre burning at a moderate rate of spread.

July 24, 2022 at 3:30 PM

Numerous local, state and federal units dispatched to the Digger fire, Air Attack has lifted and will be over the fire shortly.

July 24, 2022 at 3:24 PM

Reported vegetation fire, 50 by 50 spot, on East Digger Hill Way in Rough and Ready. Full wildland dispatch on order.