by Ramsey Pfeffinger
TRUCKEE, Calif. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Some residents in the Truckee area are now under an evacuation order by police as crews battle a growing wildfire near the Truckee Airport Thursday afternoon.
Updated, as of 5:00 p.m. on July 7:
According to Truckee Police, a female suspect is taken into custody after evidence shows she set several spot fires that ultimately lead to the Butterfield fire.
During an investigation involving Truckee Police and Cal Fire personnel, she admitted to setting the fires intentionally.
She’s currently faced with numerous arson charges pending while in custody.
Due to the ongoing investigation, her identity will not be released at this time.
Some evacuation orders remain, however forward progress on the fire has stopped thanks to multiple agencies and heavy resources.
The fire burned 12 acres in Truckee in about four hours. No injuries or damage to area buildings has been reported at this time.
Two air tanker planes and two helicopters were used during efforts from the following six agencies: Truckee Fire, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, the United States Forest Service, Cal Fire, Reno Fire Department, and Northstar Fire Department.
Fire engines are staged all around the fire and crews will remain at the site through the night mopping up hot spots and monitoring conditions.
Evacuation orders did not impact residences in the area, but rather business buildings.
Updated, as of 1:00 p.m. on July 7:
Some residents in the Truckee area are now under an evacuation order by police as crews battle a growing wildfire near the Truckee Airport Thursday afternoon. The first signs of fire were spotted from the airport tower.
The evacuation zones include TPD-E112 and TRK-E112, if you are unsure of your evacuation zone code, you can find it on Community.Zonehaven.com.
Truckee Police announced the evacuation order for the zones, saying they were effective immediately just after noon on July 7.
Nevada Emergency Management reports the fire is about 10 acres as of 12:40 p.m. and growing. Authorities got the first call about the fire at 11:25 a.m.
The fire, which some on social media are calling the Butter Field Fire, is burning in the area of Joerger Drive and Martis Creek Road.