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Bay Fire forces evacuations from 2 areas of Yuba County

Jul 11, 2022 12:00AM ● By By Shaun Holkko, assistant editor

YUBA COUNTY, CA (MPG) – Loma Rica residents were forced to evacuate from their homes Friday afternoon, July 8, due to the Bay Fire spreading within their area of Yuba County.

Primarily two areas of Yuba County were evacuated due to what CAL FIRE’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit deemed the Bay Fire. According to CAL FIRE, they ceased forward movement around 3:30 p.m. Friday with the fire contained to about 26 acres.

“Extensive mop up in the area,” CAL FIRE wrote in a news release. “Use caution as fire equipment will be entering and exiting the roadways near Marysville Road and Bayberry Lane near Loma Rica in Yuba County. Go to the Yuba County Sheriffs Office website or social media for evacuation and road closure information.”

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department (YCSD) encouraged the pubic to avoid the area and “follow the directives of law enforcement and fire personnel.”

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Bayberry Lane, Big Oak Lane and Pioneer were immediately evacuated. The CHP also stated that the wildfire spread to multiple acres and that two structures were threatened.

“CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit is in unified command with the Yuba County Sheriff's Office for the Bay Fire,” CAL FIRE said. “Marysville Road and Bayberry Lane near Loma Rica in Yuba County. Assisted by CHP, Loma Rica Fire, Tahoe National Forest, Dobbins Fire, Oregon’s House Fire, Penn Valley Fire and Foothill Fire.”

Evacuees can find shelter at Sycamore Ranch located at 5390 Highway 20 in Browns Valley according to the YCSD. An animal shelter has also been set up in Browns Valley right down the road from the ranch.

“We have the Yuba County Sheriff’s Posse Arena open for large animals who have been displaced located at 5396 Marysville Road in Browns Valley,” the YCSD wrote in a news release. “If you need assistance with evacuating animals, please contact Animal Care Services at (530) 701-8997.”

Roads affected by the Bay Fire include Scott Grant Road and Peoria Road at Marysville Road; Marysville Road at Fruitland Road; and Dawn Drive at Big Oak Lane.