Fires strike close to home this week

Some families who attended our son’s soccer game on Saturday were among those forced to evacuate their homes because of the Bullard fire.

They were understandably anxious about the blaze — three miles east of Dobbins — that has burned 900 acres and is only 20 percent contained.

Hearing from the families was not all that we encountered this week when it came to fires.

My son and I happened to visit Florio’s Olive Oil Co. and its owner on the same day that a fire gutted his Mill Street store hours later. It was an eerie feeling. We have wished our best to owner Neil Sarchett.

Forty homes are threatened in the Bullard fire. Evacuations remain in effect for the Bullard Bar Campgrounds, Moonshine Road, Oregon Hill Road to Summit Road, Kelly Road, County Road 169 and Souix Trail areas.  

Real-time updates are posted in the “fire” section of this blog in the right-hand corner of the page.

The fire is burning is steep, rocky terrain in the North Yuba drainage.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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