1997 Williams Fire Anniversary
Friday, 27 September 2019
Sierra Nevada Foothills - Yuba County
The Williams Fire, a 5,743 acre fire started at approximately 3:04 pm on Saturday, September 27, 1997. The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical short in a motor home. Operational resources fighting the fire were supplied by Cal Fire, USFS, and numerous Fire Districts and municipalities. Foresters from CHY Timber and Soper Wheeler were contacted to provide maps, air photos, and to help with contingency planning. Timber landowners used their own equipment to open old roads along the north side of the fire. Before the fire was contained 186 engines, 45 hand crews, 27 dozers, 21 water tenders, 6 helicopters, 7 air tankers and 201 overhead personnel were assigned to the incident. The impact to the residents and communities was immeasurable with 91 housing structures, 136 out buildings and 184 vehicles destroyed. A mass evacuation was begun Saturday with traffic control and check points in place on the 27th, 28th and 29th. At 10:00 am Monday affected residents were allowed re-entry.