AMADOR COUNTY (CBS13) — The latest on the Copper Fire east of Rancho Murieta:

7:24 p.m. 

The Copper Fire in Amador County has grown to 48 acres and remains 50% contained.

According to Cal Fire, the fire is burning on both sides of Highway 16 in a southerly direction. Officials say there is still a mandatory evacuation order for Long Gate Road.

Highway 16 remains closed from Ione Road to Old Sacramento Road.

5:22 p.m. 

Part of Highway 16 is closed down again due to a flare-up of the Copper Fire in Amador County, Caltrans said.

There is no estimated time of reopening. Drivers are advised to take an alternate route.

4:37 p.m.

Firefighters have gained nearly 50% containment on the Copper Fire in Amador County. As of 4:30 p.m., Cal Fire said firefighters have stopped the forward spread of the flames and the threat to structures has been mitigated.

Officials have now lifted evacuation orders and say residents can return home.

There is one-lane controlled access on Highway 16 at Ione Road to Old Sacramento Road as crews continue to work.

3:50 p.m.

Cal Fire says the Copper Fire has grown to 35 acres and is now 20% contained. The fire is burning on both sides of Highway 16, but firefighters are making good progress on containment.

An evacuation center has been set up at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth.

An area of vegetation burned by the Copper Fire.

2:50 p.m.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office has issued a mandatory evacuation order for Long Gate Road due to wildfire.

According to Cal Fire, the wildfire has been named the Copper Fire and has grown to 25 acres. Flames are moving in south, firefighters say.

Highway 16 has been closed between Ione Road and Old Sacramento Road due to the incident.

2:31 p.m.

Firefighters are responding to a new wildfire burning east of Rancho Murieta in rural Amador County on Wednesday.

Cal Fire says the fire is burning on Copper Hill Road, off Highway 16.

About 6 to 8 acres have burned so far. Firefighters say flames are moving at a moderate rate of spread through grassy oak woodlands.

Multiple ground crews along with 4 air tankers and 2 helicopters are helping in the fire fight.

More information to come.

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