For current evacuation information, click here.

Update - Sept. 1 @ 7 p.m.:

The Washington Fire is now 100% contained.

"Firefighters have completed fire line construction and the fire is 100% contained," Cal Fire TCU reported. "Resources will remain in the area conducting suppression repair and mitigating any hazards. This is the last update for this incident."

Update - Sept. 1 @ 8 a.m.:

Cal Fire TCU reported that the Washington Fire is 100 acres with 85% containment.

"Suppression repair efforts, fire line reinforcement, mop-up and patrol will continue," Cal Fire TCU reported. "Cooler high temperatures are expected today and tomorrow. A slight increase in relative humidity and west winds will continue but with decreased strength."

Eighteen structures have been confirmed to be destroyed. The fire is expected to be fully contained Wednesday.

The Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services reported that unified command between Cal Fire and the City of Sonora Fire ended on Tuesday. All evacuation centers have been closed, but the County Emergency Operations Center is still activated and located at 2 South Green Street in Sonora.

The Washington Fire public information line can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (209) 533-5151.

For information about debris removal, available resources and donations, visit https://www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/1380/Washington-Fire-Information/

Update - 12 p.m. Aug. 30

Human remains have been found in the fire zone of the Washington Fire, near Silver Pine Drive, as Golden Dove and Silver Pine residents have been given the go-ahead to return home. 

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office announced the grim discovery on Monday, stating that "information related to identification or cause of death are unknown and being investigated."

There have been no other fatalities reported in connection with the Washington Fire, which has destroyed 17 structures. 

Golden Dove and Silver Pine residents are the last of those impacted by the Washington Fire to have their evacuation order lifted. 

The sheriff's office gave returning residents the following warning:

"For all those returning to the area of the fire where homes/structures have been destroyed. DO NOT REMOVE ASH AND DEBRIS.
 
"The county is working with various state and federal partners to establish a process for the assessment and removal of household hazardous waste and asbestos, as well as structural ash and debris from the fire. This process will be announced to the public upon its completion.
 
"Fire damage can create significant health and safety hazards that may be present at individual properties. It is recommended to not disturb structure ash due to potential exposure to toxic materials. If you choose to visit your property, use extreme caution, as you will encounter dangerous conditions and may be exposed to toxic materials and physical hazards. Wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants to avoid skin contact, whenever possible. Goggles should be worn.
 
"Contact with wet ash may cause chemical burns or irritation on skin. Change your shoes and clothing prior to leaving the decontamination site, to avoid tracking ash into your car, home, etc. Wear a close fitting respirator mask that is rated N-95 or P-100 to block particles from ash or smoke from being inhaled.
 
Also be aware both PG&E and fire personnel and equipment are still in the area. Please use caution and drive with caution."

Update - 7 a.m. Aug. 29

Evacuation orders have been lifted for most areas impacted by the Washington Fire, excluding Golden Dove Lane and Silver Pine Road.

A morning update from Cal Fire stated that the blaze is now 50% contained and 100 acres in size. 

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office advised residents returning to their homes that identification and proof of residency will be required to get into the previously evacuated areas.

Stockton Street has also been reopened to vehicle traffic only. 

Update - 9 p.m. Aug. 27

Firefighters are battling smoky conditions and fatigue as the Washington Fire continues to burn in Tuolumne County.

In an end-of-day update at 7 p.m. Friday evening, Cal Fire reported 17 structures destroyed by the fire, which is now 25% contained. 

"Fire crews conducted direct fire line construction, mop-up and patrol operations today, that will continue through the night. Challenges firefighters faced today included working with limited resources due to several fires in the surrounding area, lack of aircraft support due to smoke and limited visibility and fatigue as several resources that are assigned to the area have been fighting fire for over 48 hours," the report reads. "Firefighters are working in cooperation with several utilities to secure damaged infrastructure and mitigate hazardous trees within the fire perimeter."

Mandatory evacuations are still in place for much of the affected area. For updated evacuation information, follow the link at the top of this article. 

Update - 9:29 a.m. Aug. 27:

With the Washington Fire now 10% contained, mandatory evacuations have been lifted for some affected areas.

For updated information on evacuations, follow the above link. 

"Firefighters are continuing to construct and strengthen direct fire line. Damage assessment for structures has begun and will continue today. Power remains out in portions of Sonora due to damaged powerlines," a Cal Fire update issued at 7 a.m. Friday morning reads.

Stockton Road will be closed between Highway 108 and the Foothills Cafe.

Cal Fire warned that higher temperatures with lower humidity are expected heading into the weekend and that a gusty west wind is possible Friday evening. 

"Wind will generally be upslope during the day, turning downslope at night," the update reads. 

The Washington Fire held over the night at 81 acres. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Update - 6:18 p.m. Aug. 26:

Cal Fire and City of Sonora firefighter crews will continue to defend structures and construct fire lines throughout the night as the Washington Fire, which was first reported at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday afternoon near Golf Links Road and Highway 108, has now expanded to 81 acres.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

An end-of-day report from Cal Fire listed containment for the blaze at 5%, with mandatory evacuations still in effect for Highway 108 up Stockton Road to Washington Street and South Washington Street to Highway 108.

Evacuees include residents and hotel guests, who have been flocking to gas stations and inns throughout Calaveras County. 

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for the City of Sonora, Panorama Drive, Rough & Ready, Gibbs, Jamestown Road, Racetrack Road, and Mill Villa Estates.

Highway 108 remains closed near the scene of the fire. 

Update - 4:09 p.m. Aug. 26:

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office released the following statement:

"Mandatory evacuations-108 up Stockton Rd to Washington, S Washington to 108. This includes residences and motels on Stockton Rd

Current mandatory evacuation roads-Alley Dr, Golden Dove, Circle Dr, McKibbon, Golf Links, North Dr, Crooked Ln, Mill Vila Estates, Sonora Ave, Southgate Rd, Gerrymander.

Warning-City of Sonora, Panorama Dr, Rough & Ready, Gibbs, Jamestown Rd, Racetrack Rd

Animal Assistance, contact Animal Control @ 928-287-5110. Large animals can be taken to the Calaveras Fairgrounds at 2465 Gun Club Dr. Small Animals can be taken to the Jamestown Animal Control"

Update - 3:46 p.m. Aug. 26

Additional evacuations have been ordered for Milla Villa Estates and the city of Sonora.

"Evacuations for City of Sonora from west of Stockton Rd to west of S. Washington St. including all roads in between," the sheriff's office stated. "This includes all downtown hotels on Stockton and S. Washington."

Original post:

Only a day after the Airola Fire sparked evacuations for Vallecito, two additional fires have resulted in evacuations for some residents of Tuolumne County in the Sonora and Jamestown area.

The fires were reported around 1:20 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. One has burned 10 acres in the Stockton Road area, while a second has burned 40 acres near Golf Links Road and Highway 108, which is closed in the area of the fire.

Evacuation orders have been issued for Alley Drive, Circle Drive, Golden Dove Lane, McKibbin Drive, Golf Links Road, North Drive, Crooked Lane, Silver Pine Road and Stockton Road.

An evacuation advisory has been issued for the city of Sonora, with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office advising the public to:

1. Please remain calm and inform family of the advisory

2. Have a plan for reuniting if necessary

3. Lock doors and windows prior to leaving

4. Take pets with you if possible

5. Take medications, blanket, flashlight, credit cards or cash, personal papers, a change of clothing

Evacuation advisories have also been issued for Panorama Road, Rough and Ready Trail, Gibbs Drive, Jamestown Road and Racetrack Road.

Several thousand residents of Tuolumne County are currently without power, with the outage also affecting Copperopolis. Some residents of Vallecito have been experiencing an outage due to the Airola Fire, which sparked Wednesday afternoon.

For non-emergency assistance, contact the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 533-5151.

To sign up for emergency alerts in Tuolumne County, visit

www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/1170/Emergency-Alerts.

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Noah Berner has lived in Calaveras County most of his life, and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in history.

Dakota graduated from Bret Harte in 2013 and went to Davidson College, NC where she earned a bachelor's degree in Arab studies. After spending time studying in the Middle East and Europe, she is happy to be home, writing about the community she loves.

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