Family describes taking shelter from Electra Fire for hours at PG&E powerhouse

Families enjoying their Fourth of July on Monday at North Fork Mokelumne River in Amador County ended up getting stuck in the area for hours after the Electra Fire sparked at around 3:45 pm”This was the closest I’ve ever been to a fire. It was literally within feet of us,” said Milka Mikula of Valley Springs.She was with her husband, her 5-year-old daughter and her 1-year-old son near Vaught’s Beach when a plume of smoke filled the air.She said the popular recreation spot was pretty crowded.”Everybody was kind of panicking and freaking out and running up the hill and packing up,” Mikula explained.People were not able to get very far though. Amador County Sheriff Gary Redman said Electra Road was impassable, blocked by downed trees and fallen boulders. He said the first deputy who made it on the scene led roughly 100 people into the PG&E Electra Powerhouse to take shelter until the road was cleared.”I just wanted to get home. I just wanted to get out of there with my babies. I was shaking really, really bad for quite some time,” Mikula said. She said it was smoky and her children were restless, waiting for roughly six hours until about 10 pm before they could safely head home.| RELATED | Firefighters use back burning to prevent Electra Fire spread in Amador, Calaveras counties

Families enjoying their Fourth of July on Monday at North Fork Mokelumne River in Amador County ended up getting stuck in the area for hours after the Electra Fire sparked at around 3:45 pm

“This was the closest I’ve ever been to a fire. It was literally within feet of us,” said Milka Mikula of Valley Springs.

She was with her husband, her 5-year-old daughter and her 1-year-old son near Vaught’s Beach when a plume of smoke filled the air.

She said the popular recreation spot was pretty crowded.

“Everybody was kind of panicking and freaking out and running up the hill and packing up,” Mikula explained.

People were not able to get very far though. Amador County Sheriff Gary Redman said Electra Road was impassable, blocked by downed trees and fallen boulders.

He said the first deputy who made it on the scene led roughly 100 people into the PG&E Electra Powerhouse to take shelter until the road was cleared.

“I just wanted to get home. I just wanted to get out of there with my babies. I was shaking really, really bad for quite some time,” Mikula said.

She said it was smoky and her children were restless, waiting for roughly six hours until about 10 pm before they could safely head home.

| RELATED | Firefighters use back burning to prevent Electra Fire spread in Amador, Calaveras counties

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