Mosquito fire at 60,000 acres–jumps American river

From the Sacramento Bee:

The Mosquito Fire jumped back over the Middle Fork of the American River on Tuesday, sprinting north toward the Placer County towns of Todd Valley and Foresthill after gusty winds led spot fires to jump containment lines.

Close to 3,000 firefighters are bracing for similar conditions Wednesday as they continue their campaign to protect the two towns from the blaze.

Mapping from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services reported reported the wildfire at 61,012 acres (95.3 square miles) with Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service reporting 20% containment. The fire grew by more than 10,000 acres from the Tuesday evening update, and containment fell from 25%.

At least 64 structures have been destroyed by the blaze, Cal Fire said, up from 46 reported Tuesday. Ten others have been damaged. Roughly two dozen homes were destroyed or damaged last week in the El Dorado County town Volcanoville, when the Mosquito Fire jumped north-to-south across the river.

The fire grew substantially Tuesday on its western edge with an “aggressive upslope run” toward Foresthill Road, as well as on its northeastern flank in a more sparsely populated stretch of Placer County, authorities said.

Two new evacuation orders were issued Tuesday afternoon: in Placer County, for areas north of Yankee Jims Road; and in El Dorado County, for the Stumpy Meadows campground area.

NOTE: Zonehaven is not established in the affected counties at this time.

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