California State Guard ERC Unit Fighting Rices Wildfires

The California State Guard (State Defense Force) Emergency Response Command, a unit part of Joint Task Force Rattlesnake, is currently out in the field with the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and CALFIRE fighting the wildfires in Risco county, California. The Wildfire consumed hundreds of acres across the region, but as of the last few days has been nearly fully contained.

Special Thank you to the troops of the California State Guard ERC unit who helped fight the wildfires, saving homes, and lives.

Cal Guard’s Joint Task Force Rattlesnake has two hand crew teams currently assisting in containing the #RicesFire? Lead and trained by CAL FIRE, these two teams are part of 14 hand crews strategically located throughout #California.
Photos courtesy of Joint Task Force Rattlesnake members.


Rices Fire continues to grow; evacuation warnings issued in Yuba County

NEVADA COUNTY — The Rices Fire in Nevada County north of Sacramento continued to grow overnight, consuming 900 acres and triggering new evacuation warnings in Yuba County Wednesday morning.

According to CBS Sacramento, an Evacuation Warning was issued at around 10:20 a.m. in Yuba County for zones YUB-E095 and YUB-E098, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities are urging people who may need additional time – in particular, people with pets and livestock – to consider leaving now.

The Yuba County Office of Emergency Services notes that the Rices Fire remains in Nevada County, but shifting winds remain a concern.

Rices Fire in Nevada County
Rices Fire in Nevada CountyCBS 13

During a Wednesday evening update, Cal Fire said the Rices Fire was at just over 900 acres and 10% containment. The fire is moving north-northeast and had crested over south side of Yuba River.

A total of four structures have now been confirmed destroyed, but it’s unclear if those homes or other buildings. Approximately 500 structures are under threat. There are 700-750 firefighters currently working the fire.

More information on the fire is available on the Cal Fire incident page.

Cal Fire said there have been three injured firefighters so far who all had heat-related issues. All three were treated and released from an area hospital, Cal Fire said. Mutual aid is being provided by a number of fire departments across the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Fire Department.

Steep and rugged terrain, along with critically dry fuel beds, continue to be compounding problems firefighters are facing while battling the wildfire.

Evacuation orders still remain in effect for the communities of Birchville, Sweetland, French Corral, Bridgeport, Rice’s Crossing, and Buttermilk.

Evacuation warnings are also still in effect for Sebastopol, North San Juan, New School, Robinson, Greater Tyler Foote, Northern Purdon Road, Millhouse, Montezuma, and Central Purdon.

As of Tuesday evening, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said there are approximately 355 structures within the mandatory evacuation zones.

A temporary evacuation point will remain set up at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, while the fairgrounds at McCourteny Road is acting as an animal shelter for those impacted by the evacuations.

A recent news report has the fire mostly contained now:

July 11 Update: Rices Fire remains at 98% contained

The Rices Fire on Monday, July 11, remained at 98% contained, according to Cal Fire’s latest incident report.

The fire, which began June 28, has burned 904 acres. It started in the area of Rices Crossing and Cranston roads, south of Dobbins, in Nevada County.

One structure has been confirmed destroyed, according to the report.

Sources: California National Guard – CBS Bay Area – The Union

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