UPDATE: July 19, 2021, Monday, 10:15 AM. Sierra District Superintendent's Order posted that Penn Gate parking/staging, the Hardrock trail and trail segments are closed until further notice. See Below.
UPDATE: July 18, 2021 Sunday at 2:26 PM - From Yubanet.com - Penn Gate parking and the Hardrock trails are still closed due to Friday night’s vegetation fire. Osborn Hill and Union Hill trails are open, as is the historic core of the Empire Mine. Several hazard trees are in the area – please respect the closures.
UPDATE: 1:00 PM Saturday - the Empire Mine office said that the Penn Gate parking lot and trail head and some trails are still closed. No estimated time of opening.
UPDATE: 10:20 am Saturday - the Empire Mine office said that the Hardrock trail is closed from the Penn Gate trailhead to the Osborne Y. The Penn Gate parking lot will be closed until they finish mopping up and cleaning the area.
July 17, 2021 at 1:07 AM Extinguishing hot spots and mop-up operations will take about an hour. Fire is contained and has been mapped at 0.7 acres.
July 17, 2021 at 12:58 AM Firefighters are making good progress on the Auburn incident, forward progress has been stopped at 1-2 acres. Hose line around the fire is complete.
July 17, 2021 at 12:48 AM First water tender has arrived, 6 engines are at scene of the Auburn incident and the dozer is arriving.
July 17, 2021 at 12:44 AM Auburn IC is requesting a second water tender.
July 17, 2021 at 12:36 AM The fire is burning at a slow rate of spread in an easterly direction with very little potential for growth. IC is requesting one water tender to stage at the Penn Gate,
July 17, 2021 at 12:30 AM Law enforcement is departing from the Auburn incident. The IC states the fire is in the burn scar of the previous Auburn fire. Requesting a hand crew and a dozer.
July 17, 2021 at 12:25 AM Units at scene have made access from Empire Mine State Park and the Penn Gate. They estimate the fire to be approximately 2 acres. All units to continue in via East Empire.
July 17, 2021 at 12:22 AM Firefighters have made access on the South Auburn Street side, also staging at Whiting Street. There is no immediate threat to any structures.
July 17, 2021 at 12:14 AM Small spot on fire reported in an empty lot on the 600 block of South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. Law enforcement and fire are at scene.