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Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Jones Fire
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: NEU
  • Size (acres): 705
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: August 28, 2020
  • Personnel: 9
  • Structures Destroyed: 21

Jones, Jones Bar at the South Yuba River in Nevada County. Timber, dormant brush and hardwood slash. Minimal fire behavior.

To see the map legend, click the double arrows on the left-hand side.

August 28, 2020 at 12:38 PM

August 27, 2020 at 6:39 PM

Crews continue mop-up operations. Hazard trees are being removed and suppression repairs continue.

August 25, 2020 at 7:21 PM

Crews will continue to patrol the fire and mitigate hazards. Two trees located during mop up which will require falling tomorrow.

August 25, 2020 at 10:24 AM

705 acres, brush and timber, 78% contained. Minimal fire activity observed overnight. 14 residential structures, 1 mixed commercial/residential structure and 6 outbuildings have been destroyed. Ground resources continue to mop-up and strengthen control lines and suppression repair is ongoing.

August 24, 2020 at 8:41 PM

Minimal fire behavior reported today. Ground resources continue to mop-up and strengthen control line. The Red Flag Warning remains in place for possible dry lighting which may cause additional new fire starts. The Red Flag Warning is set to expire at 11pm Monday.

August 24, 2020 at 10:39 AM

Updated morning report shows the fire at 70% containment. 14 residential structures, 1 mixed commercial/residential structure, and 6 outbuildings destroyed. Ground resources continue to mop-up and strengthen control line. Suppression repair is ongoing. There is a Red Flag Warning in effect for dry lightning and gusty outflow winds.

August 24, 2020 at 8:31 AM

No overnight change in containment.

August 23, 2020 at 8:07 PM

Repopulation has been completed and all road closures lifted. Crews continue to mop up and strengthen control lines, with suppression repair ongoing. Red Flag Warning issued for dry lightning starting today.

August 23, 2020 at 2:42 PM

August 23, 2020 at 9:03 AM

Fireline personnel continue to work in steep terrain with difficult access and continue to be hampered by high temperatures and very dry fuels. Heat related illnesses continue to be a priority concern for fireline personnel. Minimal threat expected. No critical resource needs at this time.

Possible dry lightning is in the forecast and is currently being evaluated.

August 22, 2020 at 6:45 PM

Backhauling of equipment, suppression repair and damage assessment are still ongoing.

  • 14 residential structures destroyed – 3 damaged
  • 6 barns, 1 commercial structure destroyed
  • Multiple outbuildings destroyed

August 22, 2020 at 1:11 PM

Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Donations for Jones Fire Survivors. With only 35% of the Jones Fire contained and evacuated residents just now returning to their homes, the Nevada County Relief Fund is requesting donations to provide emergency relief to wildfire survivors. According to CAL FIRE, at least 14 residences were lost in the fire, while several residential structures on the Woolman at Sierra Friends Center are currently uninhabitable. Damage assessments are ongoing.

August 22, 2020 at 11:38 AM

August 22, 2020 at 9:18 AM

Until further notice, a District Superintendent Order is in effect, closing all parking areas within South Yuba State Park, including the parking lots at the HWY 49 crossing, Independence Trail and Bridgeport. This includes all State Park’s lands, west of Highway 49, south of the South Yuba River, including Jones Bar Road. Restrooms will remain open.

August 22, 2020 at 9:04 AM

Overnight progress has containment now at 35%. The fire behavior overnight was minimal.

The demobilization of excess resources is ongoing. Firefighters continue suppression repairs and rehabilitation of dozer lines is starting.

Hwy 49 has reopened to traffic between Newtown Road and Tyler Foote. Please use extreme caution in the area and watch for firefighter equipment in the area.

August 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Minimal fire activity was seen across the fire area. Repopulation is complete. Crews will continue to secure and mop up 300′ in, securing existing control lines. Damage assessment is being completed. Suppression Repair is continuing throughout the fire including cultural and historic sites.

August 21, 2020 at 6:55 PM

August 21, 2020 at 1:25 PM

August 21, 2020 at 7:33 AM

The morning briefing video is now available. Today, many of the firefighters and equipment will be reassigned to other fires burning throughout the state. No growth is expected and additional repopulation will take place. Road closures remain in effect.

August 21, 2020 at 7:12 AM

Containment is up to 25% after another successful day and night operation. Today, mop-up operations will continue deep into the fire perimeter. Back hauling equipment and suppression repair have begun. Demobilization of resources is ongoing. Video of the briefing soon.

August 20, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Several residential areas outside of the fire perimeter have been reopened.

If your address is still under a mandatory evacuation order, please respect the order and road closures. This is for your continued safety.

The roads that remain under mandatory evacuation orders include:
• Everything on the east (right) side of Jones Bar Rd
• Woolman Ln
• Weeping Willow Wy
• Will O Wisp Ct
• Yuba Crest Dr
• McKitrick Ranch Rd
• Lilly Creek Trl

Road Closure Information:
• Check point for residents at Newtown Rd at Jones Bar Rd
• Jones Bar Rd closed at Yuba Crest Dr
• Yuba Crest Dr closed at Jones Bar Rd
• Weeping Willow Wy closed at Jones Bar Rd
• Will O Wisp Closed at Jones Bar Rd
• Queen Elizabeth closed at Jones Bar Rd
• Woolman Ln closed at Jones Bar

Highway 49
• Check point at Newtown Rd. No through traffic – local traffic to Sun Shadow Ct only
• Closed to southbound traffic at Reader Ranch Rd

PG&E reports all power has been restored to the area.

As a result of this re-population, 175 parcels remain under mandatory evacuation orders. 16,066 parcels have been cleared from evacuation status.

August 20, 2020 at 6:23 PM

Fire behavior is minimal across the fire with occasional torching well within the perimeter. Repopulation has started and PG&E has finished reenergizing distribution lines. Crews will continue to secure and mop up existing control lines. Suppression Repair has been initiated across the fire including cultural and historic sites.

August 20, 2020 at 5:09 PM

August 20, 2020 at 5:05 PM

Nevada City School District: Nevada City School District schools Deer Creek and Seven Hills will be open Friday, August 21, 2020 for the P.M. “B” Cohort and Distance Education students. We will be checking air quality in the morning to determine if we need to limit outdoor activities. Bus route 20 will not be running due to road closures.

Sierra College Nevada County Campus will re-open to essential personnel at 8 am on Friday, August 21st.

August 20, 2020 at 4:16 PM

Updated road closures

  • Highway 49 remains closed, however if you live between Newtown Rd and Rush Creek, you can access with proof of residency.
  • Newtown Road open to locals only with proof of residency.
  • Jones Bar remains closed at Newtown.

August 20, 2020 at 1:47 PM

CAL FIRE Investigators have determined lightning to be the cause of the Jones Fire. Below is the TNF lightning map from Sunday, Aug. 16th to Monday. Aug. 17th.

August 20, 2020 at 11:59 AM

August 20, 2020 at 8:57 AM

A reminder: Hwy 49 is still closed between Newtown and Tyler Foote. Pleasant Valley Road is part of the detour via Hwy 20. This is not a highway. The road is rather narrow in some spots and windy. Please reduce your speed, watch for pets and wildlife and turn your headlights on.

August 20, 2020 at 8:11 AM

Crews continue to work on dozer lines in the North and East. Completion of the dozer line in 12 hours. The North east edge of the fire is critical to stop forward progress. Crews will continue to complete hose lays to build and strengthen existing control lines.

August 20, 2020 at 7:46 AM

Facts and stats: 96,000 gallons of retardant were pumped on the first day of the fire and 75,000 gallons on the second day. That is more retardant than the Grass Valley Air Attack Base (GVAAB) pumped in all of 2019 and second only to the Robbers Fire.

August 20, 2020 at 7:26 AM

Good news at the morning briefing. Crews today will focus on mop-up operations several hundred feet into the fire and around the homes in the perimeter. Repopulation has begun and will continue. Some excess resources are being released from the incident to be reassigned to other fires.

ROAD CLOSURES:

Cement Hill at Daisy Blue Mine Road
Highway 49 at Rush Creek Road
Newtown at Discovery Way
Newtown at McKitrick Ranch Road

August 20, 2020 at 5:47 AM

Firefighters made great progress overnight, full details and numbers will be available after the morning briefing.

August 19, 2020 at 9:52 PM

Nevada County OES update:

CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit is reporting 705 acres and 5% containment Wednesday evening. There are currently 854 residents under a mandatory Evacuation Order due to the Jones Fire with another 1,153 residents under an Evacuation Warning. Several areas to the south of the fire that were previously under evacuation orders are now downgraded to an evacuation warning only.
It is important to remember that while some mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted, many orders are still in place. Please respect the orders and remain safe.

Temporary Evacuation Points:

August 19, 2020 at 9:54 PM

  • Ready Springs School: 10862 Spenceville Rd, Penn Valley, CA 95946
  • Magnolia Intermediate School: 22431 Kingston Ln, Grass Valley, CA 95949
  • The Alder Creek School Temporary Evacuation Point in Truckee is closed this evening due to extremely low air quality, low utilization and lack of available hotel rooms in the area.

August 19, 2020 at 9:38 PM

Evacuation advisories to the north of the fire have been lifted and a portion of the mandatory evacuation zone has been downgraded to advisory only.

To check the evacuation status of your home, use the mobile version or the desktop version of the NevCo dashboard

August 19, 2020 at 6:18 PM

CalOES: There are widespread evacuations in effect in Nevada County, and throughout California. Learn the types of evacuation levels, and what the designated siren sounds like. We follow the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department and law enforcement mutual aid (LEMA) as they evacuate affected areas.

August 19, 2020 at 5:30 PM

According to Nevada County OES, the fire is now at 705 acres. No change in containment.

August 19, 2020 at 3:51 PM

Due to the recent fires and, especially, the air quality situation here in Nevada County, State Parks is temporarily closing the Empire Mine, Malakoff Diggins and South Yuba River/ Bridgeport State Parks effective immediately. The Parks will be closed at least through this coming Sunday, August 23rd, 2020.

August 19, 2020 at 3:47 PM

Waste Management’s San Juan Transfer Station will be closed tomorrow August 20th, and will not be accepting recycling buy back materials.

August 19, 2020 at 2:41 PM

The smoke we are experiencing in Nevada County is not just from the Jones Fire. Here is a NWS smoke animation.

August 19, 2020 at 12:59 PM

The map above now has the latest perimeter file.

August 19, 2020 at 12:46 PM

Very smoky conditions on the fire and through much of western Nevada County. A health advisory for smoke remains in effect. Helicopter is still working the fire, extinguishing hotspots.

August 19, 2020 at 11:43 AM

Sierra College Nevada County Campus continues to be closed due to the dynamic situation related to the Jones Fire “We will continually reassess based on available information and provide updates as necessary. While campus remains closed, faculty and staff are asked not to come to campus under any circumstances.”

August 19, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Per the Red Cross – Temporary Evacuation Points are open for the Jones Fire:

  • Ready Springs School, 10862 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley
  • Cottage Hills Elementary School, 22600 Kingston Lane, Grass Valley
  • Alder Creek Middle School, 10931 Alder Dr, Truckee

August 19, 2020 at 11:07 AM

This is the recording of the town hall briefing held this morning

August 19, 2020 at 8:19 AM

Due to better mapping, acreage has been revised to 650 acres and containment to 5%.

August 19, 2020 at 7:19 AM

The morning briefing operational section focused on two points: weather and potential spot fires.

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August 19, 2020 at 7:18 AM

Echo Ridge Christian School in Nevada City is closed today.

Penn Valley: Williams Ranch and Ready Springs are closed for school today. Vantage Point will be open for usual business. School offices and District Office will be open for anything families need.

Ready Springs is still an Evacuation and cooling center.

August 18, 2020 at 9:52 PM School closures:

Grass Valley School District and all GVSD school sites and programs will remain closed on Wednesday August 19th. This includes all district school sites and campuses; Bell Hill Academy, Grass Valley Charter, Lyman Gilmore, Margaret G. Scotten, Little Learners, Our Kids Place, and PIP

Penn Valley – no school tomorrow

NJUHSD is in session tomorrow via distance learning. Families impacted by the evacuations need not to worry, student work can be made up easily.

Nevada City School District: In light of the current situation with fire, smoke and evacuations of many of our families and staff, we are cancelling school for Wednesday, August 19th.

Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning is canceling all classes tomorrow.

August 18, 2020 at 8:46 PM

Via Grass Valley Police: The evacuation warning for the areas south of Ridge Rd and Rough and Ready Highway (including Morgan Ranch) has been LIFTED.

This includes nearly all of CITY OF GRASS VALLEY residences and businesses.

To ensure your house is no longer under an evacuation warning or order, please visit the Ready Nevada County dashboard at https://nevcounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=dfae8e3b36e3455bbf9dcc865349e72e

For additional assistance, residents can call 2-1-1.

August 18, 2020 at 8:16 PM

Continued threat to structures with evacuation orders and road closures remain in place. Residential structures and outbuildings destroyed with damage inspection is ongoing. Threat to communities of Nevada City and Grass Valley.
August 18, 2020 at 7:24 PM

Update on acreage and containment ahead of the evening briefing: 675 acres and now 15% contained.

August 18, 2020 at 7:10 PM

Law briefing underway at the Incident Command Post (ICP) Many out-of-county law enforcement agencies are assisting with patrols in the evacuated areas. They are all paired with local officers and the mutual aid system assures complete coverage of all areas.

August 18, 2020 at 6:04 PM

Poor recoveries are anticipated again tonight with lows in the 70s to low 80s. Both these forecast highs and lows for today and tonight are about 12 to 20 deg F above middle August climatology.

August 18, 2020 at 4:56 PM

A briefing on the Jones Fire will be held as a virtual town hall tomorrow morning at 9:00 am.

Register here for the briefing and send your questions to townhall@yubanet.com or ask them live during the hour-long briefing and Q&A session.

August 18, 2020 at 4:07 PM

This order includes:
• Wet Hill Rd
• West Airport Rd
• Rock Creek Rd
• Alderwood
• Lake Vera Purdon Rd
• Selby Ln
• Misty meadow Ln
• West Mandolin way
• New Rome Rd
• Dylan Ct
• Eaglepine Place
• Grunt Hill Rd
• Marigold wy
• Rabb Rd
• Rector Rd
• Kimberly Ct
• Jeanette Rd
• Running Horse Rd
• Quaillan Wy
• Round Mountain Ranch Rd
• Anglewood Ln
• Bear Run Ln
• Hudson Wy
• Trailhead Rd
• Purdon Rd
• B-4 Ranch Rd
• Glass Rd
• Deerhaven Ln

August 18, 2020 at 3:47 PM

Caller to 911 is reporting a 20 by 20 spot fire on Newtown Road. Law enforcement is relaying to fire now.

August 18, 2020 at 3:43 PM

Animal control is assisting with animal evacuations as well. All animals can be taken to the Fairgrounds.

August 18, 2020 at 3:40 PM

Law enforcement is conducting door-to-door evacuations. If you hear the two-tone sirens – evacuate.

August 18, 2020 at 2:48 PM
Additional MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ARE NOW ORDERED for areas north of Highway 49 from Cement Hill Road west to Independence Trail.

View the dashboard at readynevadacounty.org/dashboard

This order includes:
• Bodie Ridge Rd
• Indian Shack Rd
• Diamond Oaks Dr
• Applewood Ln
• Lazy Oaks Dr
• Excelsior Ditch Camp Rd
• Leisure Lane
• Augustine Rd
• Daisy Blue Mine Rd
• Crystal View Heights
• Golden Oak Ct
• Cement Hill Rd
• Fox Hill Rd
• Ragon Rd
• Whispering Oaks Ln
• Mount Auburn Cr
• Gochine Dr
• Sunrock Rd

August 18, 2020 at 2:18 PM

Yesterday afternoon, NID became aware that fire retardant dropped on the nearby Jones fire was also released into one of its canals that delivers water to its Lake Wildwood Treatment Plant. Fortunately, NID crews were able to close the intake from the canal hours ahead of the impacted water reaching the plant. More here.

August 18, 2020 at 12:51 PM

The forecasted winds are starting to materialize.

August 18, 2020 at 10:36 AM

Air Attack is requesting a total of 5 air tankers to work the fire.

August 18, 2020 at 10:21 AM

August 18, 2020 at 10:07 AM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California in combating the Jones Fire burning in Nevada County.

August 18, 2020 at 9:55 AM

Roads in the Evacuation Order area:

Nob Hill Drive
Laura Lane
Newtown Road
Kentucky Flat Road
Arctic Owl Road
Tree Top Lane
Delphine Lane
Columbine Court
Slate Creek Road
Lost Ranch Way
Borrelli Road
Lake Access
Via Vista
Echo Ridge Drive
Owl Creek Road
Kodama Road
Shoshoni Trail Court
Holland Drive
Discovery Way
Oak Hollow Circle
Nishinam Gulch Road
Sleepy Hollow Way
Oak Creek Drive
Country Circle
Rush Creek Way
Crooked Arrow Lane
Davis Lane
Bitney Springs Road
White Oak Way
Rancheria Court
Hopeful Hill Road
Barn Owl Lane
Liberty Circle
Shannon Way
Emerald Forest Drive
Justine Lane
Deer Park Drive
Deer Creek Lane
Marjon Drive
Apache Trail
Red Hill Road
Greenwood Circle
Toller Ridge Court
Robinson King Road
Pleasant Hill Court
McKitrick Ranch Road
Woolman Lane
Cement Hill Road
Gold Pan Avenue
Little Bear Lane
Indian Flat Road

Lois Lane
State Highway 49
Lowhills Road
Tasha Road
Cedar Way
Manzanita Drive
Jones Bar Road
Personeni Lane
Little Deer Creek Lane
Stockdale Road
Rough And Ready Highway
Moon Valley Road
Morning Star Lane
John Barleycorn Road
Yuba Crest Drive
Zachery Lane
Myers Place
Skyline Drive
Eden Ranch Road
Queen Lil Place
Carli Way
Foster Driveway Road
Mountaineer Trail
Frosty Lane
Queen Elizabeth Way
Night Owl Court
Ridge Road
Sun Shadow Circle
Red Tail Hawk Road
Alls Well Place
Silverdale Lane
Lazy Acres Court
Old Downieville Highway
Lowden Lane
Tower Hill Road
Deercrest Trail
Sierra Drive
Kootenai Lane
Yuba Ridge Drive
Douglas Lane
Weeping Willow Way
Greenwood Court
Conestoga Way
Starlite Lane
Fenton Way
Will O Wisp Court
Airport Road
Butte View Drive
Banner View Drive
Cedarsong Road
Lily Creek Trail

Tillicum Way
Cedro Road
American Hill Road
Prince Rainier Way
Canyon View Drive
Avian Place
Blue Sky Circle
Cypress Court
Vernon Way
West Piper Lane
Old Faithful Court
Mystic Mine Road
Park View Drive
Shorthill Road
Mindy Lane
Stanley Way
Lothlorien Lane
Picton Way
Pepper Lane
Lookout Circle
Vista Avenue
Redbud Way
Brannon Court
Chatanooga Way
Suzanne Way
Empress Road
Natasha Court
Garesio Ranch Lane
Alpine Way
Empress Mine Court
Chief Kelly Drive
West Broad Street
Woods Ravine Court
Buffington Court
Indian Trail
Constitution Court
Anna Ridge Court
Moon Ridge Road
Brown Stone Street
Logans Run Court
Beckville Road
Peaceful Valley Road
Champion Road
Kahele Court
Monte Vista Drive
Monte Vista Court
Pau Hana Way
Hoot Owl Road
Denmark Court
Cavanaugh Lane
Excelsior Ditch Camp Road

August 18, 2020 at 9:22 AM

Tanker 89 and Air Attack are over the fire. As the heat increases, so will fire activity. The burn out operation conducted last night along Hwy 49 took away the fuel for the fire to run up the canyon side and spread eastward.

August 18, 2020 at 8:26 AM

August 18, 2020 at 8:02 AM

The acreage has been revised up to 550 acres.

August 18, 2020 at 7:15 AM

Control objectives for the day are:

Keep the fire North of Newtown Road
Keep the fire West of Hwy 49
Keep the fire South of the South Yuba
Keep the fire East of Jones Bar.

Overnight, firefighters made good progress securing the heel of the fire. A slopover near the fire’s point of origin remained within the dozer lines. Today, active weather with the prolonged, excessive heatwave will continue. There is a chance of scattered thunderstorms with dry lightning again.

Morning briefing. Photo YubaNet


August 18, 2020 at 5:32 AM

School Closures today:

  • NUJHSD
  • Penn Valley
  • Nevada City
  • Grass Valley
  • Bitney Prep
  • Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL)
  • Nevada City School of the Arts
  • Union Hill

August 18, 2020 at 5:06 AM

An update from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital: “Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital can confirm we received an evacuation advisory yesterday afternoon from the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) due to the Jones Fire. The care and safety of our patients and employees is our top priority and we are working closely with the County OES and other public safety agencies to ensure we are ready to evacuate in a safe and organized manner. The hospital has evacuation plans in place for such an event. We are fully prepared and equipped to comply with orders without compromising the care and safety of patients and employees. We will share more information as it becomes available.”

August 17, 2020 at 9:05 PM

At tonight’s briefing, CAL FIRE’s Division Chief Jim Mathias laid out the events of the day. The fire, which was around 20 acres this morning, is now estimated at 340 acres. A map will be available tomorrow morning. Throughout the night, firefighters will continue to construct handlines, provide structure protection and 5 dozers will continue to build containment lines.

Weather should be warm overnight, with a slight chance of thunderstorms according to the NWS. At this time, no change in evacuations is expected unless conditions worsen dramatically.

According to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, 4,000 people are under mandatory evacuations and another 12,000 are under an evacuation advisory.

Hwy 49 will remain closed throughout the day tomorrow to facilitate firefighters and equipment access. Newtown Road will also remain closed.

Damage assessment is ongoing.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and their partner agencies will patrol the evacuation areas overnight. 50 officers are assigned to check roads, closures and evacuation zones.

Tomorrow morning, 21 engines, 3 handcrews, 5 dozers ans multiple aircraft will be assigned to the fire. Nevada County Consolidated Fire is providing 5 of the 21 engines.

Temporary Evacuation locations:

• Ready Springs School: 10862 Spenceville Rd, Penn Valley, CA 95946
• Cottage Hill Elementary School: 22600 Kingston Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949
• Alder Creek Middle School: 10931 Alder Dr, Truckee, CA 96161

August 17, 2020 at 8:36 PM

The fire is estimated at 340 acres. All mandatory and advisory evacuations will remain in effect overnight. Hwy 49 and Newtown Road will remain closed tomorrow. More updates soon

August 17, 2020 at 7:16 PM

August 17, 2020 at 6:57 PM

Due to the fire, NUJHSD, Penn Valley, Nevada City, Grass Valley, Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL) and Nevada City School of the Arts will be closed.

August 17, 2020 at 6:39 PM

Fire behavior is moderating as winds are weakening and sunset is approaching.

August 17, 2020 at 6:17 PM

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District and the Nevada County Public Health Department are issuing a joint Air Quality Health Advisory to notify the public of the possibility of poor air quality conditions through at least August 20, 2020 resulting from numerous wildfires, including the Jones Fire. Air quality is expected to vary greatly throughout the advisory period depending on fire behavior and weather conditions, with smoke settling in low areas at night.

August 17, 2020 at 5:57 PM

Tankers are dropping in rapid succession on the fire to slow progression. Meanwhile ground resources are preparing for structure defense. Law enforcement is helping people who need assistance in evacuating. If you are in Nebada County and need help, dial 211. Right now, Ridge Road is being evacuated from Rough&Ready Highway to Hughes Road – but only the north side of Ridge road.

August 17, 2020 at 5:25 PM

Rough&Ready Highway is closed at Bitney Springs Road.

August 17, 2020 at 5:14 PM

Portions of Grass Valley under an evacuation advisory now.

August 17, 2020 at 4:19 PM

Significant expansion of the evacuation area. Includes areas north of Ridge Road with the exception of Morgan Ranch.

August 17, 2020 at 4:11 PM

August 17, 2020 at 4:03 PM

Reports of homes destroyed cannot be confirmed at this time.

August 17, 2020 at 3:31 PM

Some spot fires outside the lines, firefighters are attempting to pick them up immediately.

August 17, 2020 at 3:25 PM

There is a threat to structures now and firefighters are setting up structure defense where possible.

August 17, 2020 at 3:10 PM

Hwy 49 is closed from Newtown Road to Reader Ranch Road.

As seen from Reader Ranch. Photo courtesy Tina Tesene

August 17, 2020 at 2:46 PM

ALERT: The Ready Nevada County Dashboard is currently experiencing techincal difficulties with mapped evacuation zones and road closures.

Evacuation Warning has been issued for Cement Hill road from Mary Hill Way North all the way to the Yuba River along the river down to Hwy 49 to the Independence trail parking lot

August 17, 2020 at 2:46 PM

Latest estimate puts the fire at 55 acres, likely larger due to the excessive winds in the area.

August 17, 2020 at 2:34 PM

The Nevada County dashboard is only showing advisory evacuations at this time, the mandatory evacuations are still in effect.

August 17, 2020 at 2:26 PM

Significant increase in fire activity. The fire has burned through the retardant lines and is pushing towards the east.

August 17, 2020 at 2:24 PM

August 17, 2020 at 1:36 PM

Tankers 88 and 89 are back on the fire.

August 17, 2020 at 1:32 PM

New evacuations

• Carli
• Crooked Arrow
• John Barleycorn
• Shoshoni Trail
• Cavanaugh
• Lowden Lane
• Apache Trail
• Prince Rainer

August 17, 2020 at 1:08 PM

Additional evacuations on Jones Bar Road north of Woolman

August 17, 2020 at 12:49 PM

According to the latest reports, the fire is holding within the retardant lines. Helicopters are on site now, making bucket drops on the hotspots. Increased activity as temperatures are passing the 100F mark.

August 17, 2020 at 11:09 AM

Additional evacuations ordered:

• Lost Ranch Wy
• Owl Creek Rd
• Yuba Ridge Dr
• Red Tail Hawk Rd
• Kodama Rd
• Baron Owl Lane
• Denmark Ct
• Holland Dr

August 17, 2020 at 10:58 AM

Retardant lines are being extended to the ridge tops, this is a contingency plan for the incident.

Photo courtesy Royce Hays

August 17, 2020 at 10:31 AM Jones Bar Road at Newtown Road is closed to traffic. Soft closure of Hwy 49 at Rush Creek.

August 17, 2020 at 10:27 AM

Good progress being made on the fire. The tweet below is approx. 90 minutes old. At this time, the fire is holding.

August 17, 2020 at 9:32 AM

Two additional water tenders requested for the fire.

August 17, 2020 at 9:03 AM

Air Attack is directing tankers to bring the lines down the right shoulder to slow the progression of the fire.

August 17, 2020 at 8:57 AM

Jones IC is requesting an ambulance to stage as a precautionary measure, no immediate need.

August 17, 2020 at 8:39 AM

Retardant lines are starting to box in the fire. The fire is estimated at 40 acres now, potential for 400-500 acres, according to CAL FIRE.

August 17, 2020 at 8:19 AM

Power outages in the Jones Fire area affecting 1,125 customers.

August 17, 2020 at 7:59 AM

Aircraft have lifted off Grass Valley Air Attack Base en route to the Jones incident. Tankers 88, 89 and Air Attack are now overhead.

August 17, 2020 at 7:44 AM

The following roads are under an evacuation warning or immediate evacuation order:

Jones Bar Rd
Nishinam Gulch Rd
Yuba Crest Dr
McKitrick Ranch Rd
Pau Hana Wy
Little Bear Lane
Hoot Owl Rd
Arctic Owl Rd
Willo Wisp Court
Fenton Wy
Toller Ridge Court
Rush Creek Wy

August 17, 2020 at 7:09 AM

There is no immediate threat to structures at this time. Please heed the road closures and evacuation notices.

Photo courtesy Clint Patton

August 17, 2020 at 6:53 AM

The Jones Fire is now estimated at 30 acres, still burning at a slow rate of spread in steep terrain with difficult access.

August 17, 2020 at 6:48 AM

Hard closure on Jones Bar Road

August 17, 2020 at 6:39 AM

Animal evacuations for the fire are at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

August 17, 2020 at 6:17 AM

The Jones Fire is burning at a slow rate of spread in the Yuba canyon. Please avoid the area and let residents evacuate. The is a strong NCSO presence in the area.

August 17, 2020 at 6:07 AM

From Nevada County OES: A Temporary Evacuation Point has been established at the Ready Springs Elementary School. All evacuated residents in need of support should head to Ready Springs Elementary School 10862 Spenceville Rd, Penn Valley, CA 95946.

August 17, 2020 at 6:00 AM

The cause of the fire is under investigation, however a lightning cell moved through the area overnight.

August 17, 2020 at 5:51 AM

Evacuation site is Penn Valley School for anyone needing assistance or shelter.

August 17, 2020 at 5:47 AM

Please avoid calling 911 to report smelling smoke in the Yuba canyon or Penn Valley areas.

August 17, 2020 at 5:35 AM

The Jones Fire has evacuations in place. The fire is above the Yuba River.

Jones Bar Road and the connecting roads are ordered for immediate evacuation by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.