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Posted on: August 20, 2020

Jones Fire at 705 acres and 15% containment Thursday evening

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CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit is reporting 705 acres and 15% containment Thursday evening. There are currently 175 parcels under a mandatory Evacuation Order due to the Jones Fire. Several residential areas outside of the fire perimeter have been reopened. If your address is still under a mandatory evacuation order, please respect the order and road closures.  This is for your continued safety.

“Fire activity moderated today due to stabilizing weather and aggressive direct fire attack by crews, engines, dozers and air support,” said CAL FIRE NEU Unit Chief Brian Estes. “This has allowed us to improve containment and getting residents back into their homes.”

There is one Temporary Evacuation Point available in Penn Valley.

Temporary Evacuation Points:

  • Ready Springs School: 10862 Spenceville Rd, Penn Valley, CA 95946

The Temporary Evacuation Point at Magnolia Intermediate School closed at 6:00 p.m. due to low usage and decreased need as additional evacuations are lifted

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

Jones Fire Town Hall

Re-watch yesterday’s Town Hall with CAL FIRE Chief Brian Estes, Nevada County Consolidated Fire Marshall Terry McMahan, Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon and Nevada County CEO Alison Lehman and staff on YubaNet’s Facebook Page.

Evacuation Language and Definitions:

  • Evacuation Order: Immediate threat to life and a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access
  • Evacuation Warning: Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
  • Shelter in Place: Go indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or contacted by emergency personnel for additional direction.

Ready Nevada County:

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

  • Stay situationally aware.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • Know the sound of Hi-Lo Sirens to alert you of an Evacuation Order

Jones Fire Fact Sheet 8.20.20

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