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Bridge Fire Fully Contained Just Outside Of Auburn Wednesday Morning

A fire in Clipper Gap area brought California’s increasingly severe fire danger frighteningly close to Auburn’s doorstep Tuesday.

With black smoke billowing into the sky and visible from many points in the Auburn area, helicopters buzzed overhead 5 miles to the north with buckets of water and sirens screamed as firefighters converged on the spreading blaze.

The fire was first reported shortly after 2 p.m., with black smoke spotted coming from a location north of Bell Road and east of Interstate 80 in the vicinity of Clipper Gap.
With wind from the west to drive it, the blaze was fought from the air and from the ground in temperatures in the low 90s.

Mike Rufenacht, a Cal Fire battalion chief, said at least one structure had burned and the fire footprint had reached an estimated 2½ acres by 4 p.m.

“Due to the extremely dry conditions, it’s difficult in this terrain but crews are making good progress,” Rufenacht said.

Evacuations were ordered for residents on Clipper Gap, Clipper Creek, Boole, and Cerro Vista roads. Clipper Creek Road was under a mandatory evacuation order. Clipper Gap Road was closed at Applegate Road.  The Placer County Sheriff’s Office reported evacuation orders in Clipper Gap were lifted at about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Residents only were being allowed on Clipper Creek Road. Fire fighters credit the quick containment of the “bridge” fire because of the establishment of strong fire lines that contained the blaze before it had a chance to do real damage.

120 fire fighters were working together on the six acre blaze and no structures were destroyed.

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