Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Quail, Yuba County
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: NEU
  • Size (acres): 35
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: May 12, 2021
  • Personnel: 60+
  • Structures Destroyed: 0

Quail, Quail Run Ave and Deer Hollow Trail in Browns Valley, Yuba County. Heavy brush and timber, road closure in effect.

May 12, 2021 at 5:52 PM

Per CAL FIRE: Today’s Quail Fire off Quail Run and Key Court in Loma Rica (Yuba County) was determined to be caused by the grinding and welding of metal fencing on dry grass. The fire was mapped at 35 acres and is 100%.

Fire Hawk on the Quail fire refilling the water tank. Photo courtesy Christine Duckels

May 12, 2021 at 2:56 PM

Fire is contained, acreage has been revised to 35 acres. Mop-up operations will take several hours.

May 12, 2021 at 2:49 PM

Per Yuba County Sheriff: evacuation warning and advisories have been lifted. Be sure to find your evacuation zone for future emergencies in Yuba County

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May 12, 2021 at 2:47 PM

Containment is slowly increasing, still some active burning.

May 12, 2021 at 2:20 PM

Good progress on tying the dozer lines together.

May 12, 2021 at 2:05 PM


No evacuations, no structures threatened, no injuries reported. Quail Run Road is closed due to fire activity and equipment on the road. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

May 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Video courtesy CAL FIRE NEU.

May 12, 2021 at 1:53 PM

Good progress, fire is holding at 50 acres and 20% contained. Forward progress has been slowed.

May 12, 2021 at 1:48 PM

Quail Air Attack is releasing Tanker 102 back to McClellan, Tanker 94 is released from the load and hold at McClellan.

May 12, 2021 at 1:35 PM

Quail IC reports 35 acres, some problems with spotting at the head of the fire, no recommendation for evacuations at this time.

May 12, 2021 at 1:33 PM

Fire behavior has moderated, retardant drops and strong groundwork are taking care of the spots and good progress on the flanks of the fire.

May 12, 2021 at 1:27 PM

Tankers 96 and 94 are reloading at Grass Valley, dozer transport has arrived at the fire. Helicopter is checking for hot spots.

May 12, 2021 at 1:22 PM

Tanker 102 arriving at the fire. Tanker 96 to box in the spots at the top of the road in.

May 12, 2021 at 1:12 PM

Tankers are starting the rotation, Quail Air Attack lining them up. The fire is holding in the current perimeter, one tanker to hold at McClellan. Two additional water tenders on order for the IC.

A Fire Evacuation Warning has gone out for Browns Valley residences in Evacuation Zone YUB-E083 (Quail Run & Peoria Rd area) and Evacuation Advisories are in place for YUB-E064, YUB-E078, and YUB-E066 due to a Wildfire. Deputies are in the area providing notice to residents and a code red alert has gone out.

May 12, 2021 at 1:04 PM

Grass Valley Air Attack Base is open for the tankers to reload.

May 12, 2021 at 1:01 PM

Air Attack is requesting two additional tankers to the fire. IC reports the fire is now burning at a moderate to rapid rate of spread, with spotting.

May 12, 2021 at 12:58 PM

Quail IC reports 25+ acres, structures remain threatened. Requesting additional resources.

May 12, 2021 at 12:55 PM

Helicopter 487DF over the fire. Tanker 96 is arriving over the fire as well. Air Attack 230 in route.

May 12, 2021 at 12:51 PM

Firefighters are starting to make progress on the left flank. Tanker 96 and another tanker in route to the fire from McClellan.

May 12, 2021 at 12:40 PM

Structures in the area are threatened.

May 12, 2021 at 12:35 PM

Washington Ridge Crew 4 being dispatched to the fire.

May 12, 2021 at 12:30 PM

Fire is in heavy brush and timber in steep terrain.

May 12, 2021 at 12:27 PM

Firefighters are starting a hose lay on the left flank.

May 12, 2021 at 12:24 PM

Quail IC is reporting the fire is burning at a slow to moderate rate of spread. Numerous resources are at scene.

May 12, 2021 at 12:14 PM

Units at scene on Quail Run report 3+ acres. All units to continue in.

May 12, 2021 at 12:08 PM

Vegetation fire, reported as approximately 1 acre, on Quail Run Ave near Deer Hollow Trail in the Loma Rica area. Units in route.