Fire near Foresthill grows to 2,400 acres, 30 percent contained
UPDATE 7:40 P.M. July 15 - The Robbers Fire grew to 2,400 acres by Sunday evening - up from 2,250 earlier in the day - but firefighters were able to contain 30 percent of it.
The fire started Wednesday afternoon at Shirttail Canyon and Yankee Jims roads northwest of Foresthill and continued to burn Sunday into rural canyon land between Colfax and Foresthill and south of Iowa Hill.
For most the five days of the fire, crews have contained between 10 to 20 percent of the rural blaze.
Saturday evening Cal Fire announced that the fire had burned one home and three outbuildings in rural land. No location was immediately available. By Sunday, another outbuilding had burned, according to Cal Fire.
There were also a reported 12 injuries by Sunday evening out of the 2,147 personnel fighting the fire. Most of the injuries were due to heat exhaustion or sprained ankles with the most severe happening Friday after an inmate firefighter was hit by a loose rock and suffered a broken leg, according to Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.
On Sunday, 170 residences remained threatened and 350 residents were evacuated.
Cooler temperatures and higher humidity today are expected to help firefighters but dry conditions are working against them, Berlant said.
According to Cal Fire, the fire is moving to the north and east and threatens the Brushy Creek subdivision, Haynes Mine and Kings Hill.
Berlant said fire crews are both fighting the fire and working to protect structures.
~ Journal staff report
For coverage Saturday, read here.
For Friday video coverage of the fire fight, click here.
For Thursday's video of the Robbers Fire, click here.
For Wednesday's coverage of the Robbers Fire, click here.