JACKSON, California (AP) – Release orders were issued Tuesday, near the California fireworks display, or in the mountainous area, July 4, near a wildfire that sparked a barbecue.
The electric fire in Sierra Nevada Gold tripled on Monday afternoon and tripled over 4.7 square miles on Tuesday.
Amador County Sheriff Gary Redman said: “The distribution is not as it was yesterday, but it is still expanding. He said firefighters were working to keep the blaze out of the canyon.
Compulsory eviction orders and warnings have affected up to 700 residents of Amador County and 300 to 400 residents of Calaverras County, Redman said. Rehabilitation centers have been set up for humans and animals.
The blaze broke out in a crowded recreational area with 85 to 100 people celebrating the festival on the river at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Later, they all moved in peace.
Redman said the cause of the blaze was unknown, but it started near the Volks Beach River in the North Fork Mokelomene River. He said that fireworks or barbecues could be the cause.
More than 100 fire engines, 1,200 firefighters and 14 helicopters were sent to the blaze, which posed a threat to energy infrastructure, according to the California Department of Forests and Fire Protection. The ground is said to be steep and rugged.
Cal Fire activates firefighting team. The teams are “composed of trained people who provide operational management and support for large and large-scale events,” Cal Fire said.
One of the firefighters from the local fire department suffered burns, Redman said.
Vox Beach is 55 miles east of Sacramento in the heart of the Sierra Nevada region in the mid-1800s.
Many other small fires were burning in the province.