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Office of Emergency Services

Posted on: August 21, 2020

Jones Fire at 705 acres and 30% containment Friday evening

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CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit is reporting 705 acres and 30% containment Friday morning. All Evacuation Orders have been lifted although some road closures remain in place. Road closures include:

  • Jones Bar at Newtown Rd (check point for local residents)
  • Jones Bar closed just north of McKitrick Ranch Rd
  • Highway 49
    • Check point at Newtown Rd.  No through traffic – local traffic to Sun Shadow Ct only
    • Closed to southbound traffic at Reader Ranch Rd

Please be prepared with proof of residency to access the area. All power within the fire area has been restored.

Temporary Evacuation Points Closed:

The Temporary Evacuation Point at Ready Springs School closed at 2:00 p.m. due to lack of utilization and additional re-population. If you need sheltering assistance, contact the American Red Cross at 844-236-0153. The California Department of Insurance also put out a news release that wildfire evacuees may be eligible for cost reimbursement from their insurance company.

Fire Weather Watch:

National Weather Service Sacramento has issued a Fire Weather Watch from Sunday, August 23rd, through Tuesday, August 25th, for most of Nevada County and many Northern California counties due to a forecast of thunderstorms with little to no rainfall. These could produce fire starts, so a Fire Weather Watch has been issued. Remember, always have an emergency plan during fire season in case a fire starts near you.

Could you evacuate at a moment’s notice? Are you prepared with plenty of medicine, food, water, masks, hand sanitizer and supplies in the event of a prolonged power shutoff? We are all responsible for our own preparedness. Plan now to set yourself up for success in the future. If you need assistance connecting to resources to help formulate a plan, call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211. Find more ways to prepare at

Smoke Impacts to Air Quality:

Smoke from several wildfires burning in Northern California is impacting the Sacramento region, enhancing ozone formation and increasing particle concentrations. Exposure to elevated PM2.5 (fine particulate matter in smoke) concentrations can result in eye and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, congestion, coughing, impaired lung function and chest pain, especially among sensitive individuals such as the elderly, children, people with asthma, people with heart or lung conditions, pregnant women and anyone who is exercising or working hard outdoors. People who are affected by, or susceptible to, COVID-19 may be at increased risk from wildfire smoke due to cardiovascular symptoms or a compromised or suppressed immune system.

Find more information, recommendations and resources from Nevada County Public Health and the Office of Emergency Services at

Ready Nevada County:

Wildfire safety starts with you. Here are tips to stay ready:

  • Stay situationally aware. Use all available tools and communications, including common sense. Do not wait for an evacuation order if you feel unsafe.
  • Find your five. Your five allies are people that will check on you and that you can communicate with in an emergency, so they know you are safe or if you need help.
  • Sign-up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts. Find more information and sign-up at
  • Have your Go Bag ready. Find a Go Bag checklist on page 20 of our Ready, Set, Go! Guide.
  • Use the Ready Nevada County Dashboard to find evacuation maps, Twitter feeds and recent CodeRED Emergency Alerts: visit from your cell phone or from your desktop.
  • During a Red Flag Warning, local fire departments will place physical Red Flags outside their fire stations or nearby areas to increase public awareness of increased fire conditions. Follow all Red Flag warning recommendations found here:
  • Know the sound of Hi-Lo Sirens to alert you of an Evacuation Order.
  • If you are evacuating and have time, please attach the evacuation tag provided by OES and the Sheriff’s Office to a visible spot on your residence like a mailbox or green address sign. Learn more at  

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