Friends and Neighbors:
Our foothill communities are being enveloped by a massive wildfire and I wanted to give you an update of where the fire is burning, what resources are available and how Placer Valley residents can help our neighbors in the impacted communities.
According to CalFire Nevada Yuba Placer, The current verified acreage of the fire is at least 23,000 acres as of 10:00am, September 9, 2022.
Placer County has proclaimed a local emergency due to the ongoing threat from the Mosquito Fire. Governor Gavin Newsom has also proclaimed a state of emergency for Placer and El Dorado counties due to the Mosquito Fire. Foresthill and nearby communities in both Placer and El Dorado counties remain under evacuation orders and warnings. CAL FIRE NEU is in Unified Command with the Tahoe National Forest and Placer County Sheriff on the Mosquito Fire.
Near OxBow Reservoir east of Forest Hill, Placer County
Click here to view the full incident information at fire.ca.gov.
How You Can Help
Placer County Office of Emergency Services has informed me that they are in dire need of dog and cat food at our Animal Services Center at the Placer County Government Center. Residents can drop donations off at 11232 B Avenue, Auburn, CA.
Also, the Placer Community Foundation (PCF) has established the Mosquito Fire Relief Fund to accept donations from those who wish to support local fire victims. With many structures threatened and thousands of residents under evacuation orders, dollars raised by the fund will be mobilized at the earliest opportunity to meet the greatest needs.
The Foundation works with local public officials to identify areas where philanthropy can have the greatest impact. In past fire events, such as the River Fire in 2021, dollars went to assist with needs such as food, clothing, long-term rental assistance or hotel stays, and much more.
We continue to be in contact with Placer County Fire, Sheriff’s Office and Office of Emergency Services for updates. I encourage you to forward this message to family, friends and neighbors that you think could help.
Thank you to the brave men and women who are battling against this fire, especially with the rugged terrain and unbearable heat.