Two structures destroyed, mop up underway

8 p.m. update: Two structures are destroyed and a third partially burned in an East Quincy neighborhood. The Forest Service extinguished 20 spot fires from flying embers into nearby open space. Beckwourth and Eastern Plumas also joined the response effort, which is now in the mop up phase. Firefighters are expected to work well into the night cleaning up the fire and putting out embers. Multiple vehicles also burned and made the fire response difficult. Propane tank explosions contributed to the difficulties. Highway 70 is open, but Lee Road remains closed.

6 p.m. update: The response to the East Quincy Fire is now countywide with Graeagle Fire arriving on scene. The Forest Service is putting out spot fires in the nearby meadow as embers are carried by the wind. A reporter on scene said that the fire is difficult for firefighting equipment to reach.

5:55 p.m. update: The fire is spreading to a second structure on Lee Road. Quincy, Greenhorn, Long Valley and Meadow Valley fire departments are on the scene along with units from the Forest Service. Highway 70 and Main Street are being reopened to through traffic.

A fire broke out in a home at 2119 Lee Road this afternoon at approximately 4:30 p.m. There were reports of exploding ammunition. Neighboring structures were evacuated as black smoke rose above the East Quincy neighborhood. The CHP and Sheriff’s deputies cordoned off the streets surrounding the area. A reporter is on scene and we will have more photos and information as it becomes available.

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5 thoughts on “Two structures destroyed, mop up underway

  • July 19, 2018 at 5:06 am

    Thank you fire fighters for you extraordinary service.

  • July 19, 2018 at 7:29 am

    So sad my heart breaks for those that lost their house! I know the panic and loss of losing your things! Hopefully quincy can rally around and help this person or family out!

  • July 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you firefighters! Saddened by the loss of house and belonging but glad all was safe!

  • July 20, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Our fire fighters are amazing! 20 spot fires contained! Our deepest sympathies go out to those who lost their homes.

  • July 20, 2018 at 7:25 am

    I still consider Quincy my home town even though Iā€™m miles away. Anything like this breaks my heart. But, as usual the folks of Quincy will rally and be there for all those involved. Quincy people are the best.

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