Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • 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.

64 replies on “Sliger, was Foresthill”

  1. When do we get a MAP posted ? Extremely DRY -travels fast – so Please we all need to Know in order to prepare to leave, should it be necessary later on…
    Thank you YubaNet!!!

    1. The fire is not even an hour old, we have a map up and what else do you want? Instant gratification much?!

  2. My dear Yubanet (you know who you are!). Thank you for all you do and it’s long overdue to have a cocktail or two…..

  3. Thank you for the information you do have. I heard about it through the grapevine that evacuations had been ordered, and yours was the first site I went to. Your information was more than I could find elsewhere! Thank you!

  4. People get scared especially with how bad the fires have been. Maybe try to show a little compassion when responding especially since this community stepped up big time for you when you were in distress. We all know you are busy informing the community and we appreciate all you do but your reply was unneeded. ✌ A firefighter’s Wife.

    1. The reply to that particular individual is a response to a lot of harassing posts and emails. It is not out of the blue, but rather the product of years of unnerving communications. I apologize to everyone else.

    2. Perhaps the poster who demanded an immediate map should show a little compassion to the hard-working people at YubaNet, The people at YubaNet KNOW that people are scared. I and thousands of others are indebted to their tireless work to get the news out to the people. They are human, and they don’t need to be a doormat to rude people.

    3. Thank you so much we have only been here 12 years nd we had our share of close fires we were going down the hill when we seen this and came back home to see road closer we are off Todd Valley. e have dogs and alot of pics and memoriess here as everyone does in there home thank you for your reply Greatly appreciated.. I pray our homes will all be safe this is heaven …… God knows sees all…………………………………

  5. Thanks you for your hard work, Evertone involved in managing fires including evacuations. Our family is very grateful.

  6. I’m a bit confused. Is the Sliger Fire the one by Drivers Flat or the one by Georgetown? We are watching aerial support on Drivers Flat. I don’t think we can see Georgetown fire.
    As always, thank you for being first responders and keeping us posted!

    1. Yes, the Sliger Fire was first reported as being on Foresthill Road near Drivers Flat. It is the same fire.

  7. Love the work you do. YubaNet is the first place I go when I smell smoke or hear about a fire. The best info out there.
    Please keep it up.

    1. That’s quite a ways, over 6 miles I would guesstimate and the fire is burning away from Greenwood

  8. Thank you YubaNet! I’m at work and live in Cool and this site allows me to follow the situation. I appreciate all you do to keep us informed!

    1. Caltrans has the following: PER 283 CLOSED FORESTHILL AT MORSHIRON RD

  9. Thank you for the info on what VLAT stands for. My husband and I were trying to figure it out. How easy it was. Thank you so much for keeping us up to date on all the fires around us. You’re awesome.

  10. thank you for great coverage. We’re long term subscribers and always go to your site first for local news.

  11. Hang in there ladies! I can’t imagine the stress you must have during fire season. We appreciate everything you do! If there’s anything you need let me know……ice cream delivery, wine, chocolate, margaritas….,,,or maybe some Excedrin Migraine. 😉

  12. Live off McKeon Ponderosa. Smokey but quite now. We are on advisory evac. Had some ashes earlier. Keeping up with sheriff scanners an app you install on your cell phone and put in placer county sheriff and fire. Packed and ready to leave but they are working on it and since the first calls to evac. all is quite now. Will be a long night.

  13. Yubanet has always been our go-to for accurate, timely info on local (and distant) fire info (20 years in the foothills now). Even my mom in the Bay Area refers to Yubanet for any fire that is in our area. Thank you for all you do! (Subscribe, people!)

  14. Thanks for your great coverage!
    When you say “right flank”….is this south or north or ? I’m confused.

  15. Does anyone know what or where the decision point is when they will decide to make evacuate sliger mine mandatory?

    1. Decision points are based on fire behavior, wind, relative humidity, available resources, public safety, firefighter safety. It’s a complex matrix and no, we don’t have this specific one. You will be notified by EDSO deputies if mandatory evacuations are being triggered, but if you feel the need to leave don’t wait to be told – just do it. Hope this helps.

    1. What are your comparison criteria? Location, size, burn severity, cost? It’s really impossible to compare at this point, each fire is unique.

  16. Thanks for being there.I evacuated from Sky View Terrace M. H. P. on a reccommended, but not mandatory evacuated by PCSO traveling through our park. We are staying with friends in Grass Valley and the news is not covering this story.Thanks again. Your information is calming..

  17. Its currently 1:05pm wonder how the fire is doing at this time can anyone let me know thank you so much awesome site but a bit scared honestly as we all are being so darn close to the homes I know our Firefighters are Awesome and always are But these fires are so so Bad and Sad to say the Least… Prayers going out to Our firefighters and People that are helping with yet all the fires going on God has his hands on all Amen UP Date Please TY

    1. No updates are actually good news. The firefighters are doing a superb job and putting in line. As soon as there’s a new development, we will post of course.

  18. Still off Mc Keon Ponderosa, stiil packed and ready. Smokey, light winds, fire trucks have been driving around. Told it hasn’t jumped the river yet…so we wait. So far all of Foresthill is well but concerned. Hear some helicopters…in the canyon working. And now a spotting plane is back.

  19. Thanks to YubaNet for accurate information and frequent updates. You are my first go-to for fire reports. I can only imagine the loads of information, research and responding to the public that you have to deal with. When our lives, everything we’ve worked so long and hard for is under the threat of complete destruction, it’s frightening. Good and timely information is a huge help. So, thank you all!

  20. Please share any updated info from the meeting. My parents were not aware of the meeting and did not attend. Wish there had been a robo-call or mass text about it. Thanks for all you are doing at YubaNet to keep people informed!

  21. I just moved to the area and am so thankful to have this website shared to me from my neighbors. Thank you for keeping us updated on the progress and what’s going on!! Very grateful! Truly!!

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