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UPDATE: Robbers Fire In Placer County Nearly Burns 2000 Acres, 20 Percent Contained

Evacuation Center Moved To Foresthill High School
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FORESTHILL (CBS13) – A small army of firefighters continued to battle the wildfire in Placer County on Friday as the effort stretched into its third day.

Friday morning, the Robbers Fire had consumed 1,157 acres in the American River Canyon and grew to 1,300 by Friday night. Still the fire is only 10 percent contained according to Cal Fire.

By Saturday, the fire grew to 1,950 acres but was 20 percent contained.

There are 1,600 personnel working the fire, focusing on the area around Yankee Jims Road and the community of Iowa Hill. No structures have been damaged yet but 150 homes have been evacuated, affecting about 300 people.

The Red Cross moved its evacuation center on Friday afternoon from the Veterans Memorial Hall in Forestill to the high school, located at 23319 Foresthill Road. Residents displaced by the fire can go there for food, shelter and counseling services. The larger high school site also has showers available.

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Placer County Animal Services Division is accepting animals of all sizes at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, located at 1273 High Street, at no cost. Residents are asked to bring food, medication and any other special supplies the animals might need.

Earlier Friday, residents were provided an update on the progress Friday morning and another meeting was scheduled for Friday night.

The fight to contain the fire has been exacerbated by the rugged terrain, making it difficult for engines to access the blaze. Firefighters spent much of the overnight working on establishing containment lines near Yankee Jims Road and Iowa Hill.

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The weather Friday is expected to be significantly cooler than the triple digits of the past two days, but 15 mph winds expected in the afternoon could pose a problem for firefighters.

Gov. Jerry Brown called in more firefighters and the California National Guard to help battle the fire. Brown said he is sending in a state incident management team to help coordinate the attack.

Five helicopters and trained National Guard personnel have been activated to help battle the blaze, one of three currently burning in Northern California.

Ken Pimlott, the state fire director, said a two-year reprieve from wildfires in the region appears to be over.

“The exceptionally dry winter has set the stage for a more active fire season this year, and we’re seeing fire activity now that we would typically not see until late August,” he said in a statement.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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