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Robbers Fire spreads to 800 acres, threatens homes

9:30 PM, Jul 12, 2012   |    comments
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FORESTHILL, CA - Hundreds of people remain evacuated from their homes as the Robbers Fire continues to grow along steep terrain in Placer County.

The Shawl family left their home Wednesday morning when the fire first broke out near Yankee Jims road. By Thursday afternoon, the fire had destroyed nearly 700 acres. Area resident, Kathy Shawl, and her children, were allowed to go back home and grab a few things.

"The planes were flying overheard, and Mavis was like come on Mom lets go and I was like no we need this or we need that," Shawl said.

"I grabbed my choir outfits, my blackbelt and grandma's earring," Shawl's daughter, Mavis said.

The Shawls saved their dogs, horses birds and cats. They'll be spending the day dropping off animals at different locations to stay with friends.

Meantime, fire crews have increased their presence with 1,000 personnel battling the forest fire.

"If it continues to burn in that area, it has the potential to go into that canyon and that canyon is very narrow it jumped over the other side and could threaten other communities including Colfax, Cal Fire Spokesperson, Daniel Berlant said.

Two shelters are open for displaced residents in Foresthill

"When people show up here, they are very anxious, there's probably a lot of rumors out  there and they're coming here for some grounded information," Red Cross Coordinator David Kennedy said.



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