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Grizzly, Grizzly Hill Road and Turnagain Arm between North Columbia and Lake City in Nevada City.

July 23, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Still working on the fire, engines, crews and water tender are continuing to mop up the last remaining hotspots. Then, backhauling the existing hoselines, rehabilitating some of the fire lines will complete the control of the fire.

July 22, 2017 at 7:11 AM

Latest update: The fire is now 90% contained thanks to the nightshift crew.

July 22, 2017 at 6:45 AM

Light smoke may still be visible in the interior of the fire, hotspots are still smoldering. Firefighters are at scene. Four handcrews, five engines and three water tenders are currently assigned.

At the height of the fire 139 firefighters from the following agencies were assigned: North San Juan, Cal Fire, Rough and Ready, Grass Valley, Nevada County Consolidated, Tahoe National Forest, Penn Valley, Peardale-Chicago Park, Camptonville, Ophir Hill Fire.

July 21, 2017 at 8:16 PM

The fire is now estimated at 10 acres, per the CAL FIRE PIO. Firefighters will remain on site overnight and closely monitor the fire over the next few days.

July 21, 2017 at 8:06 PM

Photo courtesy North San Juan Fire

Road closures are being lifted.

July 21, 2017 at 8:05 PM

Per CAl Fire NEU: Forward progress stopped. No structures damaged. Cause: vehicle left the road.

July 21, 2017 at 7:39 PM

Air Attack 230 has been released from the Grizzly Fire, returning to the Grass Valley Air Attack Base.

July 21, 2017 at 7:32 PM

Road closures are now allowing local traffic through.

July 21, 2017 at 7:28 PM

No official containment figure, but a report from the scene: A few of Washington Ridge crews are returning to camp, firefighters are working on extinguishing hotspots and reinforcing the lines. The fire is looking very good. Air Attack has just released the hold on all tanker at the Grass Valley Air Attack Base.

Thanks to North San Juan for these pictures from the incident

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July 21, 2017 at 7:11 PM

Smoke is starting to dissipate over the incident. Expect to wake up and smell smoke tomorrow morning as the nightly inversion will trap the smoke. Butte Crew 1 and 3 are continuing to the fire after being canceled from the Quail Alley fire.

Thanks to Beth Moore for this video

Just happened to be visiting in the neighborhood when the smoke rose nearby. Grateful for all the firefighters beating back the Grizzly Hill fire this eve, including the helicopters dipping in the Blue Pool on Tyler Foote Rd. Thanks to crews and equipment from NSJ, CalFire, Rough and Ready, Camptonville, Butte, Antelope, and Dept of Corrections, and the awesome CHP officer who offered updates to each bystander at the roadblock. Fire held to 10 acres, now 50% contained, no structures lost. And my kids are safe.

Posted by Beth Moore on Friday, 21 July 2017

July 21, 2017 at 6:56 PM

Some of the resources still en route to the fire are being canceled.

July 21, 2017 at 6:51 PM

Air Attack V 417, the lead plane for the C 130, is returning to Redding.

July 21, 2017 at 6:50 PM

AIr Attack is releasing Tanker 131 (C130) back to McClellan. At this time, all other tankers will be on load and hold.

July 21, 2017 at 6:42 PM

The C130 is circling over the South Yuba canyon. The ICP has been moved again to Tyler Foote and Lake City Road.

July 21, 2017 at 6:34 PM

Grizzly Air Attack requests a hold on Tanker 131 in Chico. Tanker is already  inbound, they’ll take one more drop from them.

July 21, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Weather conditions in the area (Reader Ranch RAWS)

Temperature is 95F, 21% relative humidity, wind out of the WSW at 4 mph with 10 mph gusts – fuel moisture is 4%.

July 21, 2017 at 6:22 PM

At this time, the fire is burning towards Lake City Road, not North Columbia.

July 21, 2017 at 6:19 PM

The ICP has been moved to CAL-FIRE station 42

July 21, 2017 at 6:16 PM

There are no evacuations at this time, only road closures.

July 21, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Grizzly Hill Road will be closed at North Bloomfield.

July 21, 2017 at 5:58 PM

ICP will be at North San Juan Station 3

July 21, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Photo Keaton Hild taken on North Bloomfield at 6:0 pm.

IC reports the fire is now 12-15 acres, burning at a moderate rate of spread. There is no immediate structure threat, but there is a possibility within the next hour – depending on fire behavior.

July 21, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Grizzly Air IC is planning uphill evacuations. If you live in the area, make sure you are registered with Nevada County’s Code Red list. Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies will be responsible for the evacuations. Disaster animal group on standby.

July 21, 2017 at 5:45 PM

All units responding from the south to the fire have to take Hwy 49 and Tyler Foote. Heavy engines and apparatus cannot cross Edwards or Purdon Crossings.

July 21, 2017 at 5:41 PM

IC is requesting a road closure on Grizzly Hill Road at Tyler Foote.

July 21, 2017 at 5:36 PM

North San Juan Fire, Cal Fire, Nevada County Consolidated, US Forest Service units on the fire. Additional resources are coming to the fire now. There are no road closures at this time, but please make sure engines and fire apparatus have access via Edwards Crossing and the 49’er Bridge. Any cars in the area should be moved now.

July 21, 2017 at 5:34 PM

Battalion 2309 is now Grizzly IC, assuming command of the fire.

July 21, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Firefighters are planning for a contingency structure protection on Lake City Road.

July 21, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Photo courtesy Julie Siegenthaler

Tanker 93 is over the fire, two helicopters are working the spots ahead of the fire.

July 21, 2017 at 5:18 PM

Fire is starting to establish itself, heavy resource order is being placed.

July 21, 2017 at 5:14 PM

Four crews from Washington Ridge Camp are being assigned to the fire.

July 21, 2017 at 5:10 PM

Air Attack now reports 5-10 acres, some spotting ahead of the fire. Single tree torching and now preparing for an extended attack.

July 21, 2017 at 5:08 PM

Five additional water tenders added to the incident.

July 21, 2017 at 5:06 PM

Augmented dispatch for the fire, a total of 4 tankers and 3 helicopters. More engines and water tenders also on order.

July 21, 2017 at 5:02 PM

First unit on scene reports the fire is burning in heavy timber, midslope at a moderate rate of spread. Additional resources ordered. No structures threatened but the fire has potential according to Air Attack.

July 21, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Column is visible from YubaNet HQ now.

July 21, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Oregon Peak and Banner Mountain lookouts are reporting a possible vegetation fire on Grizzly Hill Road cross of Turnagain Arm. Light grey smoke developing in the area. North San Juan Fire is being dispatched now. Full wildland dispatch on order.