Where’s the Fire?

Right up the road.

  • Incident Name: Jones Fire, Jones Bar Road
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: NEU
  • Size (acres): 650
  • Percent Contained: 5%
  • Estimate of Containment: August 28, 2020
  • Personnel: 350+
  • Structures Destroyed: 5

Jones Bar Road at the South Yuba River in Nevada County. Timber, dormant brush and hardwood slash. Active fire behavior with uphill runs and spotting. Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

Pretty close to home!  Nevada City is only 40 miles NE of where I live.  I’m not in any danger — the fire would have to burn through a LOT of forest and a LOT more suburbs to get to me.  Still, that explains why the light looked brassy when I went out to get the mail: smoke obscuring the sun.

August 19, 2020 at 12:46 PM

Very smoky conditions on the fire and through much of western Nevada County. A health advisory for smoke remains in effect. Helicopter is still working the fire, extinguishing hotspots.

Schools and the college are closed.  Some evacuations remain in place.

This is scary!  It’s very early in the season for so much fire activity (currently there are at least 13 major fires in Northern California).  Of course this week of extreme heat coupled with low humidity hasn’t helped.  Today’s humidity is 24% which is low, but higher than it has been — most of the week has seen humidity in the teens.


As you can no doubt tell, I’m very attuned to the fire, where it’s at, when it will be contained (August 28 is the projected date), and realizing that these fires are a result of the lightning storm that went through here a couple of nights ago. 

And it also made me homesick.  I spent 3 summers in the Nevada City/Truckee area on the Tahoe National Forest, working as a seasonal.  And of course the FS is all about fires (when it’s not being all about timber).  I loved it up there!  I am so much a mountain person, and I would love to be up there now, even with all the smoke.  Because there are so many FS employees living there, the whole community is attuned to the fire.  I worked up there from 1988 through 1990, and I still have friends up there.  And my acupuncturist.  If I still lived up there, I could walk out my door and get to the woods very quickly, instead of having to walk on sidewalk like I do down here.  There are real seasons up there, and it’s always at least 5°cooler than it is down here, sometimes 10°!  The only radio station I listen to is up there (KVMR, 89.5, https://tunein.com/radio/KVMR-895-s36064/, Music of the World, Voice of the Community).  If I didn’t have this boat anchor of a house, I’d be back up there in a flash … well, provided I could find a place to live that I could afford.  It’s such a lovely area that a lot of people are retiring and moving up there, which of course drives up the cost of living; I doubt I could get enough out of my house to underwrite me moving up there.  But I so wish I could!


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August 19, 2020

Our fires are in or near Kamloops and they seem just as bad as yours.  I hate fire season….

August 19, 2020

@jaythesmartone I do too Jodie!  But it’s our own fault — for so many years we suppressed any fire, with the result that the fuel load grew exponentially.  So now, any spark sets off a huge conflagration and acres and miles burn, sometimes so hotly that the very ground is sterilized so nothing new can grow there.  I think now they’re trying to let some fires burn without interference, to try and right the balance, but they can’t do that near towns or the wildland-urban interface.  Too many people living in fire country …

August 19, 2020

The only good thing about early fires is that the same spot can only burn once. Smokey and ashy here. I was just looking at a gorgeous big victorian in Yuba City for sale for $449K. Probably needs thousands in repairs.

August 20, 2020

@bonnierose It would be so cool if you moved to Yuba City!  Close enough to me that we might be able to do tea once a year or so.

August 20, 2020

Of course you’re right — for that cheap, it’s probably a dry rotted shell …