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Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Willow, Collins Lake
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: NEU
  • Size (acres): 1,311
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: September 14, 2020
  • Personnel: 62
  • Structures Destroyed: 41

Willow, Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, Cal Fire. Six miles west of Dobbins, CA. Timber, chaparral and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Evacuations have been lifted. Area, road and trail closures in effect.

October 23, 2020 at 1:52 PM – After thorough investigation, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers determined the Willow fire cause to be arson

September 14, 2020 at 7:47 PM

The Willow Fire is now fully contained.

September 14, 2020 at 7:18 AM

The fire is expected to be fully contained by 6:00 pm tonight. No firefighter injuries were reported since the fire started on September 9th.

September 13, 2020 at 7:27 PM

The current evacuation order for the areas along La Porte Road south of New York House Road has been lifted. Rackerby is also now open. New York Flat Road and Challenge Cut Off Road will remain closed due to the North Complex West. Communities north and east of Brownsville to the county border remain under a mandatory evacuation order at this time; including Challenge, Forbestown, Woodleaf, Clipper Mills, and Strawberry Valley.

September 13, 2020 at 8:14 AM

All road closures and evacuations will be lifted this morning for the Willow Fire area.

Single residences destroyed: 9
Single residences damaged: 4
Outbuildings destroyed: 32
Outbuildings damaged: 6

Damage assessment is ongoing

September 12, 2020 at 6:01 PM

Mop up efforts are ongoing. All perimeters are holding.

Road Closures: Willow Glen Road at Marysville Road access with ID, Willow Glen Road and Sky Glen access with ID, Robinson Mill at Laporte Road hard closure, Oregon Hill Road at Yuba Feather School hard closure, New York House at Laporte Road hard closure, Laporte Road at Willow Glen Road hard closure to the north.

Evacuation Warnings: None

Evacuation Centers: None

September 12, 2020 at 8:51 AM

Firefighters made good progress overnight and increased containment to 40%. They will continue to reinforce existing lines and extinguish hot spots within the perimeter.

Several hot spots inside the perimeter complicate suppression. Higher temperatures could increase fire activity and pose a threat to control lines. Heavy mop up required within DIV X. Firefighters will work to strengthen control lines around structures and around the fire perimeter extinguishing hot spots. Critically low fuel moistures contribute to increased fire risk in dry grass, brush and timber.

Road Closures:

Willow Glen Rd North from Marysville Rd will remain CLOSED. Due to the #BearFire #NorthComplexFire, Brownsville and communities north to the county border remain under a mandatory evacuation order at this time.

For residents able to return home to the Oregon House/Dobbins area, please continue to be vigilant in monitoring fire activity nearby and continue to be prepared to evacuate again if necessary.

Updated Road Closures:Willow Glen Rd Northbound @ Marysville RdFrenchtown Rd @ New York House RdIndiana Ranch Rd @ Eagle TrailOregon Hill Rd @ Fountain House RdRobinson Mill Rd @ Laporte Rd

September 11, 2020 at 9:11 PM

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering was observed today. Structure threat and evacuation orders and warnings remain in place. Threat to multiple communities, powerlines, Yuba County water system and ranch lands. Road closures in the area. Unified command CAL FIRE and Yuba County Sheriff’s Office.

September 10, 2020 at 7:26 PM

Fire remains active with uphill runs and backing. Low RH and critical fuel moistues contribute to increase fire risk in dry grass, brush and timber. Firefighters will work to strengthen line around the fire permiter and extingish hot spots within the perimeter.

Road Closures:

Willow Glen Rd North from Marysville Rd will remain CLOSED. Due to the #BearFire #NorthComplexFire, Brownsville and communities north to the county border remain under a mandatory evacuation order at this time.

For residents able to return home to the Oregon House/Dobbins area, please continue to be vigilant in monitoring fire activity nearby and continue to be prepared to evacuate again if necessary.

Updated Road Closures:

  • Willow Glen Rd Northbound @ Marysville Rd
  • Frenchtown Rd @ New York House Rd
  • Indiana Ranch Rd @ Eagle Trail
  • Oregon Hill Rd @ Fountain House Rd
  • Robinson Mill Rd @ Laporte Rd

Evacuation Centers:

Three sites around the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds (442 Franklin Avenue in Yuba City) are now able to provide a safe place for evacuees.

Site 1: Lot at Franklin & Wilbur

Site 2: C Street lot

Site 3: Garden Hwy across from Fairgrounds

Safe, secure space with restrooms, water, and more. Trained team ready to care for your pets.

Animal Evacuation Centers:

Small Animals:

DOGS – Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds: Palmer Hall 442 Franklin Avenue, Yuba City, Ca 95991
CATS – Whitaker Hall: 44 Second St Yuba City, CA 95991
Large Animals:

Sutter County Sheriff’s Posse at 52 Second Street, Yuba City (next to Whiteaker Hall).
There are also 20 spaces available for large animals at the Yuba County Sheriff’s Posse arena at 5396 Marysville Road, Browns Valley (evacuations do not extend this far down)

September 10, 2020 at 11:05 AM

Yuba County Sheriff’s update: For the road closures pertaining to access to and from the VOLUNTARY evacuation area north of Marysville Rd for portions of Oregon House/Dobbins; up until now those leaving the voluntary evacuation area were denied re-entry. We are changing that to allow RESIDENTS within that voluntary evacuation zone to be able to re-enter with proof of residency. You will be asked to provide that proof and Identification at the road blocks. Please note this is only for the voluntary evacuation area for the #WillowFire, for the residents north of Marysville Rd between French Town Rd and Indiana Ranch Rd, and north to Forsythe Rd. Willow Glen Northbound toward Brownsville and beyond remains closed. The evacuation order for Brownsville and beyond to north Yuba/Butte/Placer borders remains in place.

We will continue to evaluate and adjust road closures and evacuation areas as conditions allow, when safe to do so.

September 10, 2020 at 7:51 AM

Progress by firefighters overnight, helped by calmer winds brought containment up to 15%

September 9, 2020 at 8:51 PM

Fire remains at 1,311 acres. There is a threat to the communities of Dobbins, Loma Rica, and Browns Valley and rural ranch lands.

September 9, 2020 at 4:00 PM

September 9, 2020 at 10:25 AM

All air tankers are off the Willow Fire due to no visibility.

September 9, 2020 at 10:16 AM

Firing operation off the road to reinforce containment lines in about 30 minutes. Air Attack estimates the fire at 1,500-2,000 acres. Heavy smoke is making air operations difficult, but firefighters on the ground are making good progress.

September 9, 2020 at 8:16 AM

Air Attack 230 is now over the Willow incident.

September 9, 2020 at 5:30 AM

Yuba County Sheriff reports 3,000 residents evacuated in Loma Rica. Current closures include Marysville & Willow Glen, Fruitland & Honcut, Fruitland & Loma Rica, Peoria & Dolan Harding.

September 9, 2020 at 3:56 AM

All evacuation traffic has to go towards Hwy 49, no traffic allowed on Willow Glenn.

September 9, 2020 at 3:36 AM

Latest estimate puts the Willow Fire at 300 acres. The fire has not been mapped yet.

September 9, 2020 at 2:36 AM

Yuba County OES: Yuba County Sheriff’s Department has issued a MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER for Loma Rica, beginning at the original start area for the Cascade Fire (just north where Marysville Road becomes Willow Glen Road) and all areas south from Collins Lake to the Yuba County border to the west, with Fruitland Road representing the lower line of the evacuation.
Resources for food and animals have been established at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds located at 442 Franklin Avenue, Yuba City. Head south out of the Foothills!
Be safe. Evacuate now.

September 9, 2020 at 2:29 AM Power lines down in the Loma Rica area, PG&E crews are en route.

September 9, 2020 at 2:17 AM

Fire activity is moderating somewhat, spotting is slowing down.

September 9, 2020 at 1:57 AM

Evacuations on both sides of Fruitland ordered.

September 9, 2020 at 1:56 AM

Evacuations on Los Verjeles complete.

September 9, 2020 at 1:45 AM

Law enforcement to divert traffic onto Frenchtown Rd & off Willow Glen Rd.

September 9, 2020 at 1:08 AM

Immediate evacuations requested for the area. Closure of Marysville Road at Willow Glenn ordered.

September 9, 2020 at 1:06 AM

First unit at scene reports 50 acres, potential for several hundred acres. Fire is between Neptune and Skyview. All units to continue in.

September 9, 2020 at 12:59 AM

Reported new vegetation fire on Willow Glen Road near Marysville Road north of Collins Lake. Numerous units en route.