JACKSON (CBS 13) – More than 70 people were trapped by PG&E forces as a fast-moving wildfire engulfed the Sierra Fall Hills near the northeast of Amador and Calaveras County.
According to Amador County Sheriff’s Office, the fire was called Electra Fire at a popular amusement park near Electra Road near Vox Beach. A deputy evacuated more than 70 people off the coast to a hydroelectric power plant near the North Fork Mockelumen River. PG and E said in a statement that water and shelter were being provided to those in power.
The PG&E statement said: “CAL FIRE officials at the scene will determine when the residents will leave the area.
An electrician with his family told CBS 13 by telephone that fire officials were waiting for the fire to pass before allowing people to block the flow of traffic into the river. The man said his family said they were having a good time at the beach on July 4, when the fire broke out, and firefighters quickly evacuated.
Electric fires are burning rapidly, consuming more than 900 hectares of dry grass and brush, officials said. Smoke billowed from communities around Sacramento, 50 miles west of Jackson.
As of 6 p.m., the electric fire had been contained 0% and more than 100 buildings had been threatened. As a result, the fire caused people to leave the area and block roads.
CAL FIRE has issued a mandatory order for all residents around Mount Bute Road. In addition, the evacuation order was issued within a two-mile radius around Lake Tabo, affecting several routes such as Amador Lane, Fig Tree Lane, Ponderosa Way, Clinton Road and Tabeau Road on Clinton Bar Road.
The American Red Cross has set up shelters at San Andreas Church on San Andreas Church Hill Road and Sut Creek on State Highway 49 Italian Picnic Square. Officials say displaced residents can bring large and small animals to Amador County exhibitions.
PG and E local power outages are affecting nearly 13,000 customers in Jackson and other parts of Amador County. The company said it has been able to strengthen several lines for the safety of firefighters at the request of CAL FIRE.
According to firefighters, one of the firefighters was rushed to hospital with minor injuries.
Another wildfire burns near Bangora.
Meanwhile, another wildfire is burning near Bancor, some 70 miles north of Sacramento. Fire officials said the blaze was moving “rapidly to dangerous levels.”
The Bute County Sheriff’s Office issued a eviction order for Bancor Zone 920 and a warning for the surrounding zones. Since then, those orders have been lifted.
According to CAL FIRE, the Jan Dar fire burned around 30 acres and contained 20%.