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Mosquito fire in California threatens critical infrastructure

BUT fast- growing forest fire tearing through dry vegetation in the Sierra Nevada range near the city of Foresthill has grown another 1,100 acres overnight and continues to threaten numerous communities, critical infrastructure and hundreds of homesCal Fire said Thursday morning.

mosquito fire shows no sign of slowdown down and towards the sunrise already pumped up out a massive cloud of smoke rising over Placer County signaled a fire Events on Earth.

Cal Fire said:critical infrastructure” is at risk, including the Placer County Water Authority pumping station and dam, the Placer County repeater site, 230 kV power lines, the Sugar Pine Dam, and community potable water supply, Ralston hydroelectric power plant and cell and microwave towers.


Several reports and photos posted on social media Wednesday evening showed that the blaze had consumed several homes, structures and cars in Michigan Bluff, historic gold rush town about 7 miles to the east. of Foresthill overlooking the North and Middle Forks of American river.

Cal Fire spokesman Chris Vestal said the agency had received the reports. of burned buildings in Michigan Bluff but he said he couldn’t comment on number of structures destroyed. Damage assessment on earth and will more information as soon as possible he said.

Vestal also said the flames had not reached Foresthill itself and were still several miles from the center of Foresthill.

fire began in Tahoe National Forest at 6:27 pm. on Tuesday near Oxbow Reservoir 3 miles east of foresthill among record-violation heat wave in Temperatures rise above 100 degrees in California for several days in a row. hundreds of people were forced to flee their homes and evacuate remain in place Thursday morning. ( live evacuation map best source for updated evacuation information.) fire burns through the vegetation that was left parched and flammable after a few days of scorching weather. The area of ​​burned areas increased from 5705 acres. on Wednesday night at 6870 acres on Thursday morning.

Brent Wachter, fire meteorologist from the US Forest Service Geographic Coordination Center. in Redding said extreme dryness of the scenery was clear in night hours after fire first broken out. Fires often die down down after sunset, when the wind died down and the temperature dropped, the Mosquito Fire continued to burn – and the same thing happened on Wednesday evening.

“It how flammable fuels. The fires are even actively growing overnight,” Wachter told SFGATE. on Wednesday.

smoke from fire spread through the foothills of the Sierra and flooded the Lake Tahoe basin. Placer County Department of Health published en air quality consulting warning of unhealthy air to Friday.

Vestal said conditions similar to Wednesday are expected on Thursday. with critical fire behavior as well as growth.

“Because of terrain and conditions, it really is hard put in containment lines,” he said.

this is an evolving story and details will be added how they become available.

People look out distance when the Mosquito Fire burns near Michigan Bluff in unincorporated Placer County, California on Wednesday.

Stephen Lam/San Francisco Chronicle via AP

Mosquito fire in California threatens critical infrastructure

The flag is waving behind scorched outbuilding as the Mosquito Fire burns on Michigan Bluff Road in unincorporated Placer County, California on Wednesday.

Noah Berger/AP

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