Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Buttermilk and Fawn
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: NEU
  • Size (acres): 4
  • Percent Contained:
  • Estimate of Containment: Aug. 30, 2023
  • Personnel: 80+
  • Structures Destroyed: 0

Buttermilk, Buttermilk Bend near the South Yuba River on the North San Juan side. Fawn Fire, Fawnbrook Road off Hwy 49 in North San Juan.

August 30, 2023 at 6:28 AM

The Buttermilk Fire is holding at 4 acres, day shift will continue to reinforce the containment line. The Fawn incident will be rechecked later today, it is fully contained.

Pleasant Valley Road remains closed from Sanctuary to Rices Crossing.

August 30, 2023 at 1:25 AM

Firefighters will be committed overnight to extinguish interior hotspots and conducting extensive mop-up operations.

August 30, 2023 at 1:07 AM

Forward progress has been stopped on the Buttermilk incident.

August 30, 2023 at 12:56 AM

Southbound lanes on Hwy 49 at Fawnbrook are still blocked by fire equipment, mop-up is ongoing.

August 30, 2023 at 12:32 AM

Hoseline around the fire is almost complete, no spotting reported on the Buttermilk at this time.

August 30, 2023 at 12:15 AM

IC reporting the rate of spread has slowed, firefighters are picking it up, good progress being made.

August 30, 2023 at 12:00 AM

Dozer on the Buttermilk fire headed down on Upper Rices Crossing. Medic unit has arrived at the ICP.

August 29, 2023 at 11:56 PM

Fawn IC reports the fire near Hwy 49 is contained at 0.6 acres with several spot fires (also contained.) Resources at scene will be committed approximately 2 hours for heavy mop-up operations.

August 29, 2023 at 11:46 PM

Fire investigator/Prevention Officer is at scene of the Fawnbrook incident.

August 29, 2023 at 11:43 PM

Buttermilk IC requests one additional crew and one dozer.

August 29, 2023 at 11:39 PM

Fire behavior is starting to moderate, southbound Pleasant Valley Road is closed between Petersons Corner and Bridgeport.

August 29, 2023 at 11:35 PM

Forward progress on the Fawn Fire has been stopped, they can handle with resources at scene now.

August 29, 2023 at 11:28 PM

One firefighter has been injured during a long fall on the Buttermilk Fire. Helicopter has been requested for an airlift.

August 29, 2023 at 11:21 PM

Both fires are on the North San Juan side of the river.

August 29, 2023 at 11:16 PM

Firefighters on the Buttermilk are making progress with the hoseline. Three hand crews are arriving at scene.


August 29, 2023 at 11:10 PM

The Incident Command Post for the Buttermilk Fire will be at Bridgeport. Pleasant Valley Road will be closed to traffic.

August 29, 2023 at 11:09 PM

Fawn IC is requesting additional resources for a spot fire.

August 29, 2023 at 11:02 PM

There are no evacuations at this time.

August 29, 2023 at 10:59 PM

Units at scene on Fawnbrook report approximately 1/4 acre in timber. This will be the Fawn incident.

August 29, 2023 at 10:58 PM

Firefighters also checking Fawnbrook Road on Hwy 49, a possible new fire reported. Could be glow from the Buttermilk.

August 29, 2023 at 10:50 PM

Firefighters are starting a hoseline from the top of the north side of Rices Crossing. Still estimated at 5 acres, moderate rate of spread. Burning in oak woodlands and brush, steep terrain. Firefighters hope to catch it midslope.

August 29, 2023 at 10:42 PM

Additional resources dispatched to the fire, difficult access is an issue.

August 29, 2023 at 10:40 PM

The fire is between the two Rices Crossing accesses, burning to the northwest, per units at scene.

August 29, 2023 at 10:33 PM

Units report approximately 5 acres, better access might be from Rices Crossing. Fire is well established.

August 29, 2023 at 10:29 PM

First unit at scene reports a working fire on the hillside. All units to continue in.

August 29, 2023 at 10:27 PM

Camera shows trees torching, updated location is Buttermilk Bend.

August 29, 2023 at 10:17 PM Reported vegetation fire on the 18000 block of Pleasant Valley Road in the North San Juan area near the Buttermilk Bend Trail. Multiple units dispatched.