A modest vegetation fire broke out in Nevada City early Thursday morning, originating from a transient camp, fire officials said. Crews from Nevada City Fire Department and Cal Fire arrived shortly after 1:00 a.m. to find a quarter-acre fire burning in a heavy fuels area.
The fire was quelled quickly without damage to structures in the area, the release stated. No injuries were reported, and the cause remains under investigation.
The source of the fire reportedly was a transient camp in the area, making it at least the fourth fire The Union has reported during the fire season that was caused by a campfire in a transient camp, according to a search of the newspaper’s online archives.
The fire also serves as a cautionary tale that the fire season, which got an early start in 2013, has yet to end, said Jim Turner, battalion chief for Nevada County Consolidated Fire District. “Fuels are still dry,” he said. “What most people don’t realize is that even with the cooler temperatures, the fuels moisture doesn’t recover. The fuels are still dry.”
Several Northern California fires, including the Summit Fire in Butte County, the Crane Fire in Sonoma County and the Putah Fire in Napa County, started in early October, according to Cal Fire.
The Summit Fire burned more than 300 acres and is currently listed at 100 percent contained.
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“What most people don’t realize is that even with the cooler temperatures, the fuels moisture doesn’t recover. The fuels are still dry.”
battalion chief for Nevada County Consolidated Fire District