Fire burning near Oxbow Reservoir ‘could spread’ into El Dorado County, sheriff says |

Fire burning near Oxbow Reservoir ‘could spread’ into El Dorado County, sheriff says

Mountain Democrat Staff Report
The Mosquito Fire burning at the Placer-El Dorado County line.
Provided/Cal Fire

A fire that started in south Placer County could spread into El Dorado County, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. The threat prompted evacuation orders in Volcanoville and warnings in Quintette early Wednesday morning.

Called the Mosquito Fire, the blaze was reported around 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, burning near Oxbow Reservoir. Oxbow is located between the Rubicon River and Middle Fork of the American River about 26 miles east of the community of Foresthill and inside the Tahoe National Forest. As of Wednesday mid-morning, 1,203 acres were reported scorched with 0% containment.

In El Dorado County evacuation orders extend to residents north of Wentworth Springs Road, east of Otter Creek Road and west of Tunnel Hill Road.

Sheriff’s officials have issued an evacuation warning for residents north of Wentworth Springs Road, east of Lofty Peak Lane and west of Blackeye Pea Road to prepare to evacuate.

“Please use this time to gather belongings and prepare. There will be deputies in the area going door to door to notify residents. Be prepared to evacuate if this warning becomes mandatory,” the Sheriff’s Office states on its Facebook page.

Cool Community Church at 863 Cave Valley Road in Cool is being used as a temporary evacuation site. For those evacuated, small and domesticated animals, minus birds, can be taken to El Dorado County Animal Services at 6435 Capitol Ave. in Diamond Springs, which can be reached at (530) 621-5795.An animal services officer will be present at Cool Community Church to help provide transportation for animals to Animal Services’ shelter.

A possible cause of the Mosquito Fire has not been reported.

The lead agencies on the fire are the U. S. Forest Service Tahoe National Forest, Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

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