River Fire near Colfax burns 2,400 acres

River Fire burns 2,400 acres, forcing residents to flee in Nevada, Placer counties

Authorities in Placer and Nevada counties have issued evacuation orders after a fire started at a campground near Colfax.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said flames jumped the Bear River and threatened areas east of Dog Bar Road.

As of Thursday morning, the River Fire is 2,400 acres and 0% contained, according to Cal Fire official Isaac Sanchez. An estimated 50 structures have been destroyed.

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Cal Fire said approximately 5,200 people have been told to evacuate.

More than 5,000 residents remained under evacuation orders Thursday morning in Placer and Nevada counties. The fire sparked around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Bear River Campground, which was quickly evacuated.

Up the hillside in the Mount Olive neighborhood, a winding area dotted with ranches, a winery and large homes, several houses and numerous vehicles could be seen incinerated from the flames.

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“It just took off and ran straight through here and started wiping stuff out.”


Caltrans said southbound Highway 174 is closed at Lower Colfax Road and Bear River Bridge. The eastbound and westbound Interstate 80 on and offramps at the Hwy 174 separation are closed.

Please see the link for a map of Placer County evacuation zones for the River Fire. Please search “Community.Zonehaven. com” for current on-line Nevada County evacuation information.


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