Police say more than 70 people evacuated from the Electra Fire in Amador County to a nearby PG&E powerhouse are trapped by the fire.
The Amador County Sheriff’s Office reported that the Electra Fire started near Vox Beach. A deputy evacuated over 70 people into a nearby powerhouse along the North Fork Mokelumne River.
Fire officials are waiting for the fire to pass before allowing the people to drive out on the road along the river.
On Monday afternoon, evacuation orders were issued as fire crews fought two-fast moving vegetation fires in the Sierra foothills.
The Electra Fire is burning in the Electra Road area near Jackson, 50 miles southeast of Sacramento. Fire officials reported that it is burning at a dangerous rate and is spreading in dry grass along the Amador and Calaveras county border.
Shortly after 7 p.m, Cal Fire reported that the Electra Fire had consumed 959 acres and threatened more than 100 buildings.