A hundreds of acres fire is burning in Auburn, between Bell and Dry Creek roads, shutting down Hwy. 49, and burning multiple commercial buildings.
The best updates are coming from “the wall” of my Facebook page, the latest example of how social networking is reshaping communications. (Nothing yet on theunion.com, knco.com or auburnjournal.com; yubanet.com has some information, though nothing on its front door, and not the detail I’m getting on Facebook).
“Multiple commercial buildings have burned,” according to the online scanner.
84 Lumber in Auburn is burning, said one Facebook poster.
Said another: “Just got a call from county telling us that we have voluntary evacuation for a fire near us. I heard a few planes and copters, mystery over. I see lots of smoke now. This one is near lots of homes.”
Now some evacuations are mandatory.
Here are some links to monitor the fire:
1. Wildlandandfire incident report is here:
2. CalFire online scanner is here.
3. CHP traffic incident is here.
UPDATE: The Auburn Journal finally weighed in with this headline on its Web site, long after the Facebook posts when the fire broke out:
“100-acre blaze threatens structures in Auburn.” But the fire has burned hundreds of acres and structures have burned to the ground. Still nothing on theunion.com and knco.com.
This is something I warned about in an earlier blog post: depending on news outlets with reduced weekend staffing and diminished newsgathering resources for covering emergencies such as fires, thanks to cost cutting.
It might be time for Nevada and Placer County fire officials to sit down with the local media for a pow wow. Meanwhile, we’re listening to CalFire’s online scanner.