Crews make progress against Placer County wildfire | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Back to: News

Crews make progress against Placer County wildfire

A hot spot erupts sending a column of smoke into the air near Yankee Jim Road in Placer County, Calif., Thursday, July 12, 2012. Firefighters are battling the Robber's fire where they face extremely steep terrain. About 300 people in Placer County remained under evacuation orders as a fire burning in a steep, heavily wooded area grew in size and intensity, fueled by hot weather and wind. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randy Pench)

FORESTHILL, Calif. (AP) – Crews have made progress against a wildfire in Placer County that has forced the evacuation of about 300 people.

State fire spokesman Brice Bennett said Friday morning that fire activity was down overnight, helping crews constructing fire line.

The blaze, which is burning in a steep, heavily wooded area, is threatening 150 homes, but could endanger the small community of Colfax if it crosses into a nearby canyon.

The fire has been fueled by wind and high temperatures since it began on Wednesday. It has consumed nearly 2 square miles and is currently 10 percent contained.

Fire crews do not expect to get much help from the weather on Friday. Temperatures are expected to remain high and humidity low. Winds could also be a factor.