Robbers Fire expands to 2,250 acres burned

One home, three other structures burned, 11 injuries Saturday
By: Gus Thomson and Journal staff reports
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UPDATE 12:00 P.M. July 15 - The Robbers Fire grew to 2,250 acres overnight Saturday and was 20 percent contained as of Sunday morning.

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.  

Saturday evening Cal Fire announced that the fire had burned one home and three outbuildings in rural land. No location was immediately available.

There were also a reported 11 injuries by Sunday morning. 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.