Aero Fire in Calaveras County: 5,000 acre wildfire burning toward Copperopolis

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The fire is burning in the area of Aero Road and Hunt Road in Copperopolis.

COPPEROPOLIS, Calif. — Crews are battling the so-called Aero Fire in Copperopolis Monday afternoon.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said the Aero Fire has burned about 5,000 acres so far. Cal Fire said the blaze is burning at a rapid rate of spread. 

The fire is burning in the area of Aero Road and Hunt Road in Copperopolis. Cal Fire said strong winds are hindering the firefight and firefighters’ ability to set a containment line. Cal Fire spokesperson Emily Kilgore said those winds have been going around 15 mph with gusts up and over 30 mph.

Kilgore said said the fire has been moving quickly to the south down O’byrnes Ferry Road and to the east toward the Tuolumne County line, generally toward Copperopolis.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said evacuation orders are in place.

The fire is also impacting Highway 4. Authorities said it is closed from Rock Creek Road and Pool Station near Aero Road and Hunt Road.

5,000 residents have also lost power amid the fire.

Evacuations

View the evacuation map from Zonehaven and Calaveras County below.

An Evacuation Order was given for the areas of Copper Town Square and Obyrnes Ferry Road to the county line. 

Evacuation centers are available at the following locations:

Valley Springs Veterans Hall (189 Pine Street, Valley Springs) for residents west of the Town SquareDomestic animals can be taken to the Veterans HallLivestock can be taken to the County Fairgrounds (101 Frogtown Road, Angels Camp)

Evacuation Warnings in Tuolumne County were issued for O’Byrnes Ferry Road from the Tuolumne/Calaveras County line to Highway 108 due to the direction of the fire. However, no evacuation orders have been given.

Fire Perimeter Maps

A map from the National Interagency Fire Center is available below.

WILDFIRE PREPS

If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.

What you need to know to prepare, stay safe for wildfires

The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, and supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and knowing your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.

Some counties use Nixle alerts to update residents on severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your zip code to 888777 to start receiving alerts. 

Are you wildfire ready? Here’s what to do to prepare for fire season.

PG&E customers can also subscribe to alerts via text, email, or phone call. If you’re a PG&E customer, visit the Profile & Alerts section of your account to register.

What questions do you have about the latest wildfires? If you’re impacted by the wildfires, what would you like to know? Text the ABC10 team at (916) 321-3310.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.