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Aug. 23: The Sheep Fire continues push to Susanville

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: Additional evacuations ordered this afternoon:

Mandatory evacuations:

South of Richmond Road and west of Diamond Crest and all connecting roads.

Wingfield Road west to Bass Hill Road and all connecting roads in between.

Everything west of Elysian Valley Road and Wingfield Road including all connecting roads.

The following is a new evacuation warning :

Everything South of Richmond Road to Highway 395 and all roads in between.

Everything West of Highway 395 from Richmond Road to Janesville Grade and all roads in between.

The Sheep Fire, now at 15,776 acres,  is burning south and west of Susanville and continues to threaten homes. During this morning’s briefing it was reported that both flanks of the fire were extremely active overnight and crews are focused on structure protection. However crews were able to establish a new dozer line.

Yesterday crews worked to construct line around Hulsman Ranch, Wingfield Road, and Hidden Hills. On the west flank, they worked in the areas of Williams Creek and Willard Creek. Smoke inhibited the use of aircraft. Dry fuels, low humidities, and steep terrain continue to hamper firefighting efforts, as is the lack of available resources due to other fires throughout the state.

Mandatory evacuations

• Residences in the Susan Hills area from Gold Run Road to Bauer Road and including Bauer Road.

• Both sides of Gold Run Road from Richmond Road west to the end of Gold Run including Gunderson Road and Hidden Hills Drive.

• Amesbury Drive beginning at Gold Run Road and encompassing all roads south including Jura Road, Juro Road, Hill Creek Road and Morningstar Road.

• Residents along the south side of Richmond Road from Circle Drive to Deforest Drive and Wingfield Road from Richmond Road to Mountain Meadow Ranch but not including Mountain Meadow Ranch and all roads accessed by Wingfield Road to that point.

• Old Archery Road, Old Scotts Logging Road, Childrens Road, and Oak Mountain Drive.

•*The south side of Richmond Road from Gold Run Road to Wingfield Road. This includes Circle Drive, Fairway Drive, Eagle Drive, Circle Court, Oaks Mountain Drive and the West Side of Wingfield Road, Haven Lane and Four Oaks Drive.

Evacuation Warnings

•Wingfield Road from Mountain Meadow Ranch east to the end of the pavement on the Susanville side of Wingfield.

• The north side of Richmond Road from Gold Run Road to Singletree Lane including Singletree Lane.

(The evacuation warnings and orders in place for Wingfield Road are for the Susanville side of Wingfield only. There are no advisories in place for the Janesville side of Wingfield at this time.)

Road Closures

*All of Gold Run Road is closed and Richmond Road is closed from a half mile east of Richmond School to Gem Drive.

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