D5 Newsletter | Mosquito Fire

D5 Newsletter | Mosquito Fire

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted and potentially impacted by the Mosquito Fire. Our incredible Placer County residents and others from around the region are asking how they can help. At this time, our very best suggestion is to donate funds through the Placer Community Foundation.

Placer Community Foundation’s Mosquito Fire Relief Fund | accepting donations from those who wish to support local fire victims. With many structures threatened and thousands of residents under evacuation orders, dollars raised by the fund will be mobilized at the earliest opportunity to meet the greatest needs. DONATE NOW!

Red Cross Disaster Relief donations
Support Placer County Animal Services

Mosquito Fire Resources + Updates

Placer County has proclaimed a local emergency due to the ongoing threat from the Mosquito Fire. Governor Gavin Newsom has also proclaimed a state of emergency for Placer and El Dorado counties due to the Mosquito Fire. The fire near Foresthill has burned 13,704 acres, is 0% contained, and threatens more than 3,600 structures. Foresthill and nearby communities in both Placer and El Dorado counties remain under evacuation orders and warnings (El Dorado residents can find information here). CAL FIRE NEU is in Unified Command with the Tahoe National Forest and Placer County Sheriff on the Mosquito Fire. View more incident information here. LEARN MORE


A Mosquito Fire Town Hall meeting took place on Sept. 8 at 7pm.


For general fire-related information and updates about available resources, please call 211. Please reserve 911 for urgent emergency needs only. LEARN MORE


The Placer County Sheriff provided an updated list of Placer County Evacuation Zones. CLICK HERE


Please visit the ‘Road Conditions’ tab for additional road closure information or CLICK HERE


Auburn | Bell Road Baptist Church | 707 Bell Road


Parking (For RV/Car), bathrooms and shower access ONLY
(no hookups, sleeping spaces, etc.)
Auburn Regional Park Gym | 3770 Richardson Drive
*Additional sheltering space under development


For animals in areas under mandatory evacuation, if no other resources are available. When possible, to reserve space for those animals most in need, take pets with you and use available resources such as family, friends or boarding facilities.

Grass Valley – Large and Small Animals
Nevada County Fairgrounds | 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley
Enter through gate 8 for check in; drop-off only (no camping)
*No chickens/poultry due to avian flu.
*The Placer County Animal Services Center has suspended new intakes after reaching capacity.


Foresthill High School – CLOSED Sept 9.
Foresthill High School students may convene at the new Learning Commons at Placer High School (275 Orange Street, Auburn) at 8:30 am to have access to nutrition, mental health support, resources, and ability to reconnect with their peers and community.

Foresthill Divide School – CLOSED Sept. 9.


Foresthill Transfer Station – Temporary Closure – Due to current hazardous conditions, the Foresthill Transfer Station will be closed starting Friday, Sept. 9. Normal operations will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.


Placer County Health and Human Services and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District are issuing a joint air quality advisory through Friday, September 9, 2022, to notify the public of the potential for poor air quality conditions from smoke from the Mosquito Fire in both Placer and El Dorado Counties. If you can see or smell smoke, avoid all unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced. LEARN MORE

Additional Wildfire Resources

Be prepared, know your evacuation routes, and listen to law enforcement! Please remember evacuations are a very coordinated effort between all law enforcement, fire districts, Caltrans, and our county roads – it’s a significant undertaking and planning between the agencies is extensive. In the event of an evacuation, please remain calm, follow the instructions of the emergency personnel, and have an action plan ready before the fire strikes. Have your kit ready to go for every family member, know at least two ways out of your neighborhood, and remember to check all your apps, alerts and social media pages – officials will constantly be pushing out messages immediately and as fast as they can. Don’t wait for the evacuation order – if you feel threatened, leave – and leave as soon as the evacuation is recommended by any officials. Depending on where the fire is located, law enforcement will determine which evacuation route is best, and officials will be placed in strategic areas to direct people where to go. Please don’t stop to try and ask questions – this will delay everyone’s evacuation – trust they are directing you a safe way to get as many people out as quickly as possible.

It is ALL our responsibility to ensure we are fire-prepared. Please be vigilant with your actions and evacuation plans. SIGN UP FOR PLACER ALERT – it is the single best way to stay informed in an emergency.


Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council
Ready for Wildfire webpage
Homeowner’s checklist
Defensible space information
Prepare for quick evacuation
Build an emergency kit
Sign up for Placer Alert

Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Sophie Fox: sfox@placer.ca.gov

Deputy District Director Katelynn Hopkins: khopkins@placer.ca.gov

Assistant District Aide Lindsay Thayer: lthayer@placer.ca.gov