Mosquito Fire in Placer, El Dorado: Homes burn, residents flee as flames surge over American River

Georgetown, Volcanoville and Bottle Hill were ordered to immediately evacuate Thursday afternoon as the Mosquito Fire accelerated its destruction by jumping the Middle Fork of

the American River and thrusting south into El Dorado County while continuing to burn near the Placer County community of Foresthill. The fire had grown to more than 13,000

acres by late Thursday afternoon. At a town hall meeting Thursday night in Auburn, Cal Fire officials said the wildfire was threatening 3,600 homes. Evacuation orders have

been in place since Wednesday morning for the Volcanoville area and Tunnel Hill areas of El Dorado County, and were expanded Thursday afternoon to include the Quintette, Bald

Mountain, Grey Eagle Hill and Battle Hill areas. The wildfire on Thursday made a 5,000 acre run south into El Dorado County. Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Mike

Blankenheim said the fire moved “a hard uphill run” into Volcanoville before the wind pushed the flames east. Structures burn in Volcanoville “As it stands right now,

Volcanoville has definitely been impacted. We did have some structures there destroyed in there, for sure,” Blankenheim said Thursday night. There were a lot of

firefighting resources protecting homes and other buildings Thursday in Foresthill. Cal Fire officials said the fire was getting close to Foresthill, but the flames had not

outflanked them there. Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief Brian Estes, who was in Foresthill Thursday, said firefighters were doing “everything they possibly can” to

protect that town.