Firefighters are making progress in battling a wildfire near Colfax in Placer County, but it could be a while before the blaze is under control.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
According to the California Department of Forestry, the so-called Stevens Trail fire at Colfax about 40 miles northeast of Sacramento has charred over 950 acres. Officials say the blaze is about 65 percent contained but the rugged terrain, an abundance of fuel and high temperatures are making it difficult for firefighters. The flames have forced residents from about 150 homes in the area. C-D-F spokeswoman Besse Townsend, says evacuees are looking for shelter elsewhere. TOWNSEND :11—The evacuation center at the Sierra View Community Center in Colfax. Some are going to relatives. Others have gone to motels in the area. Firefighters are being assisted by air tankers, helicopters, and bulldozers. They’re concentrating on repelling the fire on its northern and eastern boundaries where dozens of homes are in jeopardy. Investigators say a faulty generator on a travel trailer started the fire. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.