Mosquito Fire perimeter, evacuations in Placer, El Dorado counties

The Mosquito Fire, which started Tuesday evening on the Middle Fork of the American River, has prompted mandatory evacuations in Placer and El Dorado counties.

The first evacuations were announced Wednesday around 7 a.m. and expanded to cover 120 square miles on both sides of Foresthill Road, including the communities of Foresthill, Four Acres, Michigan Bluff, Chicken Hawk, Gorman Ranch and Volcanoville.

Amid record high temperatures and critically low fuel moisture levels, the fire grew rapidly and “exhibited extreme behavior,” the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. During the hottest part of the day, it went from 2,000 acres shortly before 3 p.m. to 4,223 acres (6.6 square miles) at 5:15 p.m.

The map above shows evacuation areas in red. For more detailed information, including the areas under warnings, see the maps maintained by the Placer County and El Dorado County sheriff’s offices. The evacuation center is Bell Road Baptist Church, 707 Bell Road, in Auburn.

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