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Robbers Fire containment rises to 80 percent

Firefighting force more than halved from Monday?s peak
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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UPDATE: 6 P.M. JULY 19 -

Containment efforts on the Robbers Fire moved closer Thursday.

Cal Fire reported 80 percent containment – up from 70 percent Wednesday evening. Full containment of a fire that has burned over 2,650 acres continues to be targeted for Saturday.

Firefighting efforts are being aided by lower temperatures, higher humidity and lighter winds than when it erupted in the Shirttail Canyon Road area between Foresthill and Colfax on July 11.

Daniel Berlant, Cal Fire public information officer, said Thursday that work will continue in hard-to-reach, steep terrain.

“There is a lot more work to do,” Berlant said. “But we’re definitely making progress.”

Indicative of the success in controlling the Robbers Fire footprint, which has stubbornly held on in steep canyon lands, total personnel numbers on the fire dropped to 958 from a peak Monday of 2,200.

Cal Fire stated Wednesday that favorable weather conditions continue to aid firefighters in strengthening and holding fire lines. But the danger of flare-ups remains. Unburned areas of brush, still present within containment lines, may continue to periodically burn, the state fire agency warned.

Evacuation orders in some threatened areas were lifted on Wednesday but Cal Fire preserved a mandatory evacuation for residents on Kings Hill Road, south of Iowa Hill until further notice. That area is north of the fire and has been the focus of firefighting efforts for much of the week.

Re-population of Brushy Creek in Foresthill and the areas south and southeast of the fire  started Wednesday and continued Thursday.

Cause of the fire, which broke out at about 3 p.m. on July 11, is still under investigation, Cal Fire reported.

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For coverage and video from Wednesday, click here.

 

For coverage and video from Tuesday, click here.

For coverage and video from Monday, click here.

For coverage Saturday, click here.

For Friday video coverage of the fire fight, click here.

For Thursday's video of the Robbers Fire, click here.

For Wednesday's coverage of the Robbers Fire, click here.

View our photo gallery from Monday's Robbers Fire coverage here.

Watch courtesy video of the California National Guard helping out with the Robbers Fire here.

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