< Back to All News

Dog Bar Fire Update 7pm

September 13, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Dog Bar Air Attack just released the Forest Service helicopter back to White Cloud.

September 13, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Some information about Tanker 40 who was over the Dog Bar Fire today:

Tanker 40 (T-40) is a BAe-146. It is owned by Neptune Aviation Services, Inc. of Missoula, Montana.

The BAe-146 was originally manufactured by BAe Systems (British Aerospace). This aircraft, which is considered a prototype next generation airtanker, is turbine powered; can carry approximately 3,000 gallons of retardant; and has a cruising speed in excess of 330 knots. It is comparable in size to the P2Vs in the existing commercial Large Airtanker fleet, so it can be used at existing Airtanker bases.


Tanker 40 flying directly over Christine Gilbert’s house in Rough and Ready at 5pm

T-40 has been brought into service to fly wildfire suppression missions from May 26 to October 5, 2012 through Neptune Aviation Services, Inc.’s Exclusive Use contract with the U.S. Forest Service.

T-40 is the first of the “next generation” Large Airtankers (LAT) to be granted interim approval by the Interagency Airtanker Board (IAB) and to be brought into service through an existing Exclusive Use contract.

In 2012, the BAe-146 LAT costs a daily availability rate of about $28,000 plus an hourly flight rate of about $9,500 without government provided fuel. [source: NIFC 2012 Airtanker/Firefighting Aircraft Fact Sheet]

September 13, 2014 at 6:26 PM CAL FIRE confirms 3 structures destroyed. All mandatory evacuations are still place. There still is a threat to approximately 750 structures (homes and other structures)

September 13, 2014 at 6:03 PM Tanker 101 and Tanker 40 (both large tankers) have been released from the incident.

September 13, 2014 at 6:01 PM According to reader DeArlene Hughes-Wiggins: “They dropped no less then 10 buckets of water from a near by pond to save this house. Great job…”

September 13, 2014 at 5:55 PM Strike teams from neighboring counties are coming in to relieve some of the firefighters that have been battling the fire for the past 4 hours. Comments on all scanner frequencies are talking about good progress. No damage assessment done yet and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

September 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM Firefighters are starting to improve existing lines and extinguish hot spots. Some resources are being released from the fire, which is confirmation of progress made.

September 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM The Nevada County Fairgrounds is taking displaced animals and livestock at Gate 8.

September 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM Air attack 210 out of Chico is inbound to the Dog Bar Fire to relieve the current air attack 230.


Image courtesy Kathy Purdy. Photo taken by the Loma Rica Airport

Image courtesy DeArlene Hughes-Wiggins

September 13, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Thanks to Tasha Pluim for this offer: If you are being evacuated for the Alta Sierra fire, I can take up to 30 pets at River Dogs 526 Mill St. in downtown Grass Valley. No need to call, just show up. Dogs/cats/small things welcome 530-272-1645

Maple Leaf Stables in Penny Valley is taking horses if needed 19433 Kneebone Ct Penn Valley, California 95946 Phone(530) 432-3108

September 13, 2014 at 5:20 PM The Sikorsky Skycrane helicopter and 4 others are continuing to work the fire. Also, some of the air tankers currently working are capable of dropping 3,000 gallons of retardant in one drop. Grass Valley Air Attack Base is very busy, with 11 tankers reloading and fueling up.


Image courtesy Kelsey Schneider

September 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM Rate of spread is now slow to moderate. There’s still a threat to residences and power lines. Heavy air tankers are inbound again.

September 13, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Significant progress reported in slowing down the progress of the Dog Bar Fire.

September 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM

New mandatory evacuations as of 4:00

Post Chase Circle

Taylor Crossing

Oxnard Ct

Brougham Road

Clydesdale Road

Advisory to Mount Olive, HWY 174 to the Bear River.

September 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Red Cross of NE California: Due to the DogBarFire in Nevada County, we are in the process of opening an evacuation center at Bear River High School


Image courtesy Howard Miller

Image courtesy Howard Miller

September 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Evacuation advisory from Mount Olive – HWY 174 to the Bear River

September 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Dog Bar IC requesting 10 additional strike teams (5 each of Type C and Type G).

September 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM A type 3 Incident Team is being established to coordinate the firefighting efforts.

September 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM Air attack is reporting the fire at approximately 150 acres, but some progress is being made

September 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM NCCFD, Higgins Fire, Ophir Hill, Peardale-Chicago Park and all Nevada County agencies are responding to the fire. The fire is burning in steep terrain and is burning at a moderate rate of spread.

September 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM Three additional tankers on order. Firefighters will set up a command post on Dog Bar and Taylor Crossing Road.

September 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM Please follow the instructions given by CHP and firefighters and do not attempt to get on Dog Bar Road to look at the fire.


Image courtesy Howard Miller

Image courtesy Howard Miller

September 13, 2014 at 3:05 PM Mandatory evacuations for the following roads in Alta Sierra:

Cougar Ct

Bobcat Ct

Jaguar Ct

Tiger Tail Road

Panther Ct

Ocelot Dr

Blackhawk Ct

Black Oak Ln

Owl Hill Ct

Venus Ct

Buck Ridge Road

Wolf Creek Rd

Notifications going out for LodeStar Drive for possible evacuations.


Photo: Randall from NC Scooper

Photo: Randall from NC Scooper

September 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM Update from air attack: the fire is estimated at 20-25 acres.

September 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM Smoke plume is widely visible from Colfax, Alta Sierra and Grass Valley areas. Numerous agencies are assisting CAL FIRE. This is the only fire in Nevada County and Placer County as of now.

September 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM Air resources are assisting the firefighters on the ground with a wildland fire on Dog Bar Road. Two tankers, two helicopters and one air attack plane over the Dog Bar Fire.

September 13, 2014 at 2:23 PM Vegetation fire with one structure involved on Dog Bar Road near Norvin Way. Full widlland dispatch, approximate size of the fire s currently 2 acres.

1 Comment

September 13, 2014

Pamela Pearce

My Aunt and Uncle live on Venus Ct. They called family in Bay Area to let us know they were being evacuated but were OK. Because of the information and timeline of events KNCO posted out of town family was able to get a perspective and keep informed and Aunt and Uncle were able to focus on their end. Thank You KNCO

KNCO Web Comments Guidelines

  1. Keep it clean. Comments with inappropriate language, no matter how cleverly spelled or decorated will not be posted.
  2. Comments on the way the story was written or misspelled words will be passed on to the story authors and not posted.
  3. Please use your real name. Anonymous comments or comments posted using a fake name or web handle may not be posted.
  4. Please use your real email address so we can contact you.
  5. No flaming. Any comments that are primarily of a name calling finger pointing nature may not be posted.
  6. The comment section is not a right it is a privilege. KNCO retains all rights as to what is posted on its website.

Leave A Comment



* captcha