Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Golden, Camptonville
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: TNF
  • Size (acres): 20
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: May 22, 2022
  • Personnel: 40
  • Structures Destroyed: 0

Golden, Celestial Valley Road and Ridge Road in the Camptonville area, Yuba County. Reported as a structure fire into the vegetation, the cause is under investigation. Road closures in effect.

May 22, 2022 at 9:54 AM

The fire had no activity overnight. Resources are continuing to coldtrail all the lines, mop up and look for any remaining hotspots. They are removing hoselines and equipment. The fire is expected to be fully contained today. Firefighters will continue to check the incident over the coming days, this is the control phase of a fire. Finally, the fire will be declared out.

May 21, 2022 at 9:02 PM

Final update from the Tahoe National Forest:

The 20 acre Golden Fire is now 90% contained with 100% containment expected to be reached tomorrow 5.22.22. Cause of fire is under investigation. No structures were lost. Location is approx. 2 miles, SW of Camptonville, CA. This will be the final update.

The Golden Fire Incident Commander- TNF Camptonville Engine Captain 331 Matt Mullins reported that fire crews actively mopped up throughout the day, and mitigated hazard trees along Highway 49. Containment lines are secure after interior heat that could pose a threat to containment has been extinguished. One Hotshot crew, two Forest Service engines, and one Forest Service water tender will return tomorrow morning to extinguish any remaining interior heat to bring containment to 100%. Hwy 49 has reopened as of 8pm tonight 5.21.22.

In addition to thanking all the brave firefighting personnel on the ground and in the air, who effectively caught the Golden Fire at 20 acres in steep terrain, with dry fuels, under fire weather conditions, we want to recognize and extend our gratitude to the Tahoe National Forest Dispatch team, at the Grass Valley Interagency Emergency Communication Center. They patiently fielded over one hundred phone calls within the first few hours of the incident, ordered aircraft and all the resources on the fire and staffed all night to support the needs of the fire resources working overnight on the fireline. Their work is essential to coordinating and enabling a successful fire response.

The best way the public can thank all fire personnel from every agency is to stay informed of predicted weather conditions and take precautions to avoid sparking a wildfire. Ensuring your property has defensible space and home hardening can increase a home’s survivability and provide a safer environment for firefighters to engage a wildfire in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). It’s imperative to create an evacuation plan with Go-bags, sign up for emergency alerts for your county, and evacuate early to be prepared and enhance personal safety when wildfire ignites. 

Resources to aid in wildfire preparedness can be found at


May 21, 2022 at 12:14 PM

Overnight, fire behavior moderated and crews continued to mop up remaining heat found interior of containment lines. Firefighters patrolled the fire area and all containment lines held. This morning crews received a briefing from the Incident Commander Type 4 trainee Kenny Remmert which included the objectives to have the entire fire area 100% mopped up and reach 100% containment. Crews will continue falling hazard trees burned by the fire to mitigate the risk to public and firefighter safety.


An engine from the Eldorado, Plumas, and 2 engines from the Tahoe National Forest, along with the Eldorado, Beckwourth, and Stanislaus Hotshots, as well as a Type 1 helicopter on standby, are assigned to the Golden Fire to complete mop up and bring the fire to 100% contained and controlled status.

May 21, 2022 at 7:59 AM

30 customers remain without power in the fire area. Once PG&E can safely access the equipment, repair crews will work to restore power. The estimated restoration time is May 22nd at 5:00 pm.

May 21, 2022 at 6:54 AM

Fire behavior was minimal overnight. Firefighters will continue to mop up hotspots and reinforce containment lines throughout the day. Hwy 49 remains closed from Marysville Road to Ridge Road.

South traffic is being taken off at Marysville Road and North traffic is being taken off at Ridge Road. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and expect delays in the area.

Golden Fire on May 21 at 7:00 am

May 20, 2022 at 7:12 PM

Due to the quick action and effective joint response effort by all resources from various agencies assigned to the Golden Fire, no structures were lost and hoselays and containment line is surrounding the 20-acre wildfire that ignited this morning, 2 miles SW of Camptonville. The cause is under investigation. Acreage updated due to more accurate mapping.

Tahoe National Forest Golden Fire Incident Commander Battalion 31 Grahm Rice who had command of the Golden Fire all day reports that the fire is 50% contained and is now in the mop-up stage. Fire resources which include 2 Forest Service engines, American River Hotshots, Tahoe Hotshots, 514 Tahoe Helitack crew members, and 2 local government water tenders will remain engaged on the fire overnight continuing mop-up to remove interior heat that could threaten fireline and further secure containment lines. Fire crews will also patrol the fire area and monitor weather conditions. Additional fire resources will return and re-engage in the morning.

The command of the Golden Fire will be transferred to Tahoe National Forest Tahoe Hotshot Superintendent Danny Guerrero. The objectives for tomorrow’s fire resources will be to control the fire, which occurs when remaining heat further interior of containment lines is extinguished, removing all threat to the fire’s containment. The public is asked to please stay clear of area to allow for firefighting operations and ensure public safety.

Evacuations – Yuba County Sherrif’s Dept. has lifted all evacuation orders and advisories. Updated information can be found at

Road Closures – Moonshine Rd. has re-opened. The section of Hwy 49 between Marysville Rd. and Ridge Rd. remains closed through the night. Road closure information can be found at

May 20, 2022 at 5:59 PM

All CAL FIRE resources have been released from the fire.

May 20, 2022 at 5:12 PM

All evacuations have been lifted in the Golden Fire area. Use caution and watch for firefighters and equipment when returning to your home.

Repopulation of Golden Fire area

May 20, 2022 at 5:09 PM

Golden IC is releasing some engines back to their units.

May 20, 2022 at 4:43 PM

May 20, 2022 at 3:53 PM

May 20, 2022 at 3:47 PM

Hwy 49 at Moonshine Road is now open. Closure on Hwy 49 between Ridge Road and Marysville Road in Yuba County still in place.

May 20, 2022 at 3:09 PM

Evacuation update: Zone YUB-E097 has been downgraded to Advisory only. Find your Zone at

Updated evac info on the Golden Fire

May 20, 2022 at 2:52 PM

Continued good progress on the fire, Air Attack remains over the incident. Road closure on Hwy 49 and evacuations remain in place at this time.

May 20, 2022 at 2:16 PM

Per Tahoe National Forest: Fire crews have secured the heel of the fire, where the fire started. On the Eastside of Hwy 49, the flames have been knocked down and containment line is being built. On the westside of Hwy 49, airtankers dropped retardant creating a retardant line to slow the fire spread around the head of the fire, allowing firefighters to engage and build direct containment line. Forward progress of the fire has been stopped and crews are continuing work to advance containment line around the fire. Additional resources are arriving to aid in the effort. The public is asked to please stay clear of area to allow for firefighting operations and ensure public safety.

May 20, 2022 at 1:46 PM

Air Attack is putting tankers on hold, helicopters continue to work the fire with the ground resources.

May 20, 2022 at 1:21 PM

Update figures: 25 acres and 20% contained, per TNF.

May 20, 2022 at 1:17 PM

May 20, 2022 at 12:50 PM

Fire behavior has greatly diminished. Most aircraft have been released. Hand crews are improving fire lines, forward progress has been stopped. No update on containment percentage yet.

May 20, 2022 at 12:33 PM

There is still a structure threat on Old Toll Road, firefighters are engaged in structure protection. There are no reports of injuries. Forward progress has been stopped.

May 20, 2022 at 12:10 PM

139 customers remain out of power in the fire area along Marysville Road and Hwy 49. Tentative time of restoration is 3:30 pm – which can change depending on fire conditions.

May 20, 2022 at 11:52 AM

Nevada County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is open to support the Golden Fire. The Madelyn Helling Library at the Rood Center on Maidu Ave in Nevada City is open as an evacuation center for Yuba County residents.

May 20, 2022 at 11:48 AM

Retardant lines are holding, fire activity is somewhat diminishing.

Golden Fire at 11:45 am

May 20, 2022 at 11:39 AM

Containment is listed at 0% officially, this does not mean the fire in burning out of control. Once additional mapping and verification on the ground is done, the percentage will increase.

May 20, 2022 at 11:22 AM

The fire is burning on both sides of Hwy 49 in a southwesterly direction toward Mosquito creek. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There is a retardant line on the west side and ground resources are working to reinforce the lines.

May 20, 2022 at 11:20 AM

There has been no change in evacuation and no zones in Nevada County are affected. Over 100 firefighters and 11 aircraft assigned to the fire.

May 20, 2022 at 11:02 AM

RH has dropped to 18%, winds now ENE at 7 mph with gusts up to 18 mph.

Resources: 12 engines various agencies: American River Hotshots, 2 Tahoe Hotshot modules, 2 CAL FIRE Washington Ridge Crews, 4 Water Tender, 2 Dozers, 2 Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers, 1 Air Attack,6 Airtankers, 4 Helicopters, 2 Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers, 2 Forest Service Prevention Patrols

Golden Fire at 11:00 am

May 20, 2022 at 10:45 AM

Helicopters are continuing with bucket drops on hot spots. Tanker 02 is at scene from Southern California.

May 20, 2022 at 10:38 AM

Camptonville Elementary School is being evacuated, students are to be picked up at the school.

May 20, 2022 at 10:32 AM

The Evacuation Center is set up at the Alcouffe Center in Oregon House, for those displaced.

May 20, 2022 at 10:31 AM

Yuba County Sheriff’s Office has sent a Wireless Emergency Alert out to the two zones under warning/mandatory evacuation. Some cell phones in Nevada County may have received the alert as well. It is only affecting residents in Yuba County next to the Golden Fire.

May 20, 2022 at 10:13 AM

Golden IC reports 10-15 acres, moderate rate of spread. Fire operation has been split into 3 divisions, resource request for two additional water tenders.

Golden Fire

May 20, 2022 at 10:11 AM

May 20, 2022 at 10:10 AM

Two additional tankers, 83 and 88, are assigned to the fire.

May 20, 2022 at 10:06 AM

Yuba County Zone YUB-E097 is now under an evacuation warning. YUB-E012 is mandatory.

Evacuations on Golden Fire

May 20, 2022 at 10:01 AM

The incident command post is being moved to the Camptonville Ranger Station.

May 20, 2022 at 9:58 AM

Mandatory evacuation order for Zone YUB-E012 north of Hwy 49, south of Marysville Road, east of Yearling Lane and west of Hwy 49. Leave now.

May 20, 2022 at 9:51 AM

Fire is now at 12 acres, TNF has significant augmentation of resources. Two additional Washington Ridge Crews and the American Rover Hotshots are dispatched.

May 20, 2022 at 9:37 AM

IR aircraft is over the fire. Reports acreage has increased to 10 acres.

May 20, 2022 at 9:33 AM

Tanker 94 and Helicopter 909 are arriving at the fire.

May 20, 2022 at 9:21 AM

Strike team requested to the Golden Fire.

May 20, 2022 at 9:15 AM

Grass Valley Air Attack Base is opening for refuel.

May 20, 2022 at 9:13 AM

Golden IC is requesting additional resources to the fire. Fire activity is increasing again.

Tanker drop
Tanker drop on the Golden Fire. Photo by Ken on Mountain House Road in Camptonville.

May 20, 2022 at 9:10 AM

Unable to fill all the aircraft requests at this time.

May 20, 2022 at 9:07 AM

Golden IC is requesting an evacuation advisory for Marysville Road to Moonshine Road. Golden Air Attack is requesting two additional tankers for a total of 6.

May 20, 2022 at 9:03 AM

Fire is spotting across Hwy 49, additional units dispatched are to take Moonshine Road to access. Golden Air Attack is requesting another Type 1 helicopter, closest resource available.

May 20, 2022 at 8:59 AM

Yuba County Zones YUB-E013, YUB-E012, YUBB-E015, YUB-E024 and YUB-E044 have received an advisory to be on alert and follow county recommendations.

Zonehaven  advisory for the Golden Fire

May 20, 2022 at 8:54 AM

Golden Air Attack is requesting two additional tankers to respond and one helicopter. There are some structures approx. 1/2 mile ahead of the fire.

May 20, 2022 at 8:50 AM

Fire is exhibiting some erratic behavior with short-range spotting due to the string winds.

Golden Fire at 8:50 am

May 20, 2022 at 8:45 AM

One Type 1 helicopter requested, closest resource available. Tanker 94 and Tanker 100 are assigned to the fire.

May 20, 2022 at 8:43 AM

Air Attack 110 and a tanker have lifted from McClellan and are 10 minutes out from the fire. Some spotting has been reported.

May 20, 2022 at 8:37 AM

Current weather conditions: Temperature 57F, RH 24% and dropping, winds NE at 12 mph with gusts up to 29 mph.

May 20, 2022 at 8:25 AM

Helicopter with crew dispatched to the fire. The fire continues to burn towards Hwy 49. No other structures are currently threatened.

The Golden Fire as seen from North San Juan at 7:18 am.
The Golden Fire as seen from North San Juan at 7:18 am. Photo by Tabor

May 20, 2022 at 8:22 AM

Golden ICP and staging area is on Hwy 49 at Ridge Road. Local traffic, please use an alternate route.

May 20, 2022 at 8:13 AM

CAL FIRE Golden IC is handing over the incident to the Tahoe Golden IC. They are requesting an early up for an Air Attack and two tankers (likely out of McClellan)

Golden Fire at 8:15 am

May 20, 2022 at 7:58 AM

Power is out in the area due to Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS). Some 360 customers affected in the area.

May 20, 2022 at 7:55 AM

Additional TNF resources dispatched to the fire, the fire is in the federal responsibility/response area. The structure has been reported to be completely destroyed.

May 20, 2022 at 7:47 AM

TNF Patrol also responding to the fire. Currently, North San Juan, Camptonville, Pike, CAL FIRE, Tahoe National Forest units are responding to the fire. Consolidated and Penn Valley are assuming area coverage

May 20, 2022 at 7:34 AM

Golden IC is requesting two additional hand crews and two water tenders to respond to the fire.

May 20, 2022 at 7:29 AM

Firefighters are constructing line to tie into the road, starting to make progress. Very gusty winds and heavy fuel are hampering containment efforts.

May 20, 2022 at 7:18 AM

CHP is at scene, Hwy 49 will be closed between Ridge Road and Marysville Road in the Camptonville area.

May 20, 2022 at 7:13 AM

Additional units arrived at the Golden Fire, the fire is burning at the bottom of the drainage towards Hwy 49. IC wants incoming equipment to stage at Hwy 49.

May 20, 2022 at 6:56 AM

Fire is still burning at a moderate rate of spread in heavy brush and timber. This is the Golden incident.

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Golden Fire

May 20, 2022 at 6:53 AM

Tahoe National Forest engines also responding to the fire.

May 20, 2022 at 6:46 AM

Units at scene are requesting the closest dozer to respond.

May 20, 2022 at 6:43 AM

The fire is south of Marysville Road, in the area of Celestial Valley and Ridge Road one structure involved with 1/2 acre of wildland burning at a moderate rate of spread. Additional units dispatched.

Marysville Ridge Road

May 20, 2022 at 6:33 AM

Reported possible residential structure fire with threat to the vegetation in the Camptonville area, units dispatched. No exact location yet.