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Small fire in Grass Valley contained

Another vegetation fire broke out in Nevada County Monday afternoon.

At about 4 p.m., units from Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Grass Valley Fire Department and Nevada City Fire Department arrived at a patch of land in between houses located on Norlene Way and Alexandra Way to find a quarter of an acre on fire, according to a Monday night news release.

Blackberry bushes and grass were alight in proximity to neighborhood houses, the release states. Firefighters managed to contain the blaze salvaging the nearby houses.

The small fire marks the second significant fire in the past week, as last Thursday four acres near Edwards Crossing caught after a homeless man allegedly neglected to put out a campfire.

“We’re looking at a pretty ferocious fire season,” said Consolidated Fire Division Chief David Ray last week.

After the fire near Edwards Crossing, fire officials said conditions on the ground were equivalent to that of late May, early June due to the lack of rain in 2013.

January and February combined to be the driest start to a calendar year for Northern California in nearly a century.

However, March has witnessed precipitation, with rain falling early in the month.

Another storm event is expected to hit Tuesday night and continue throughout Wednesday into the evening, bringing anywhere from three-quarters of an inch to an inch and a quarter to the Sierra foothills.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call 530-477-4239.

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The Union Updated Mar 19, 2013 06:48PM Published Mar 20, 2013 02:59PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.