The fire started near Colfax around 2:30 a.m. and is quickly spreading in the Steep Hollow drainage west of Alta. About fifty homes have been evacuated.
It started a 2:30 Saturday afternoon and has since grown to 4,000 acres.
Calfire says it's having a hard time reaching the fire because of the steep terrain. There are also high-tension power lines in the area.
Mandatory evacuations have been placed for Red Dog, Chalk Bluff and You Bet in Nevada County, and the northeast portion of Cascade Shores.
Evacuation orders for the #LowellFire will be in effect overnight. The Red Cross Shelter at Nevada Union HS has 300 beds available.— Nevada County OES (@NevCoOES) July 26, 2015
Advisory evacuation being initiated northside of I-80 from Gold Run to Alta in Placer County.
Red Cross has 300 beds ready for evacuees and an evacuation center has been opened at the Nevada Union High School, located at 11671 Ridge Road in Grass Valley.
These evacuation orders will be in effect overnight, according to Nevada County authorities.
The fire is burning rapidly in a north direction in the Steep Hollow Drainage. The fire is spotting ahead of itself 1/2 mile. Access to fire is very challenging, but hundreds of firefighters are actively battling the fire in the air and on the ground.
Looking for vehicle of interest leaving area #LowellFire. Wht Jeep Wrangler convertible. No hard top. Call 911 w/ info.— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) July 26, 2015
Investigators are asking the public's help in looking for a vehicle of interest that was in the area when the fire started. The vehicle is a lifted 4x4 white Jeep Wrangler without a top, a black roll bar and no front doors that was in the Gold Run/Dutch Flat area around 2:30pm.
Anyone with information should contact the Placer or Nevada County Sheriff's Department.
#LowellFire in Nevada County is now 3,000 acres. An evacuation center is being set up at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley.— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) July 26, 2015