Firefighters gain more containment on Electra Fire

Four miles southeast of Jackson, California

9:37AM PDT Jul 6, 2022

Electra Fire 3-D map 1150 pm MDT Jul 5, 2022
3D map of Electra Fire map at 11:50 PM EDT on July 5, 2022. Northeast view.

On Tuesday, the Electra Fire, four miles southeast of Jackson, California, wasn’t as active as it was on Monday, allowing firefighters to make progress with the help of several shootouts by air carriers and helicopters. Crews built a direct fire line and incinerated as much as possible, gaining containment, although official containment ratios are very low.

As of Tuesday night, the 3,900-acre fire was still almost entirely within the impact range of the Butte Fire that burned more than 70,000 acres in September 2015. It burned both sides of the drain along the Mokelumne River and reached but never crossed Interstate 26. On the south side near Rich Gulch.

To see all the articles in Wildfire Today about the Electra Fire, including the most recent, click here.

Electra Fire map 1150 pm MDT Jul 5, 2022
Electra fire map at 11:50 PM EDT July 5, 2022; and 2015 Butte Fire.

The most recent Electra Fire growth has been on the North and Northeast sides, as firefighters work to protect homes near Quail Drive and Clinton Bar Road. Where possible, they take advantage of the fire lines used during a Butte Fire, shooting or backfire from those areas.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office has created an online map showing the areas subject to eviction orders.

Tuesday’s fire resources included 200 fire engines, 26 water tenders, 7 helicopters, and 41 tractors for a total of 1,334 personnel.

Wednesday’s weather forecast shows clear afternoon sky, 84 degrees, relative humidity 40 percent, afternoon winds of 5 to 10 mph from the southwest and gale to 15.

Two CAL FIRE firefighters, Emily Iman and Jessica Moser, rescued a pair of dogs, loading them into a US Forest Service truck for evacuation as the Electra fire approached.

author: Bill Jaber

After working full-time in prairie fires for 33 years, he continues to learn, striving to be a student of fire. View all posts by Bill Gabert

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