Yuba County fire burns
8 acres, closes Hammon
A fast-moving, 8-acre grass fire closed Hammon Grove Park in the foothills on Thursday, with crews from seven agencies responding.
It was contained shortly after 6 p.m., the Marysville Appeal-Democrat reported.
Firefighters were expected to be on hand into the night mopping up, with officials hopeful the park will reopen today, CalFire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said.
The blaze started near the Yuba River, making it difficult to access and bring in support from a helicopter to douse the bone-dry area.
A vehicle was spotted leaving when the fire started at about 5 p.m.
Tolmachoff said the fire is under investigation, and it’s unclear if the people in the vehicle were involved.
“It’s kind of normal, unfortunately, that we have fires in this area,” Tolmachoff said, in pointing out walking trails and other river access that can spark flames.
In addition to CalFire, personnel from Smartsville, Loma Rica-Browns Valley, Tahoe National Forest, Linda, Dobbins-Oregon House and Penn Valley responded.
Two tankers, the helicopter, 12 engines, two water tenders and four hand crews were used to fight the fire, Tolmachoff said.
The Yuba County park is just more than 40 acres, according to the Public Works Department, and is a popular recreation spot.
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