Number of weekend blazes keeps area fire crews busy |
by liz kellar
Staff Writer

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Number of weekend blazes keeps area fire crews busy

Two fires off Wolf Creek Road, most likely sparked by a tree that fell into a power line, kept fire crews busy through the night Sunday.

The first fire was reported just after 9 p.m. in the 18000 block of Wolf Creek Road, said Nevada County Consolidated Fire Division Chief David Ray.

Firefighters from Cal Fire, Nevada County Consolidated and Higgins responded to the scene to find a tree in power lines, with a 30-by-30 spot fire with arcing lines, Ray said.

PG&E was contacted but said it would not be able to respond for about 45 minutes, Ray said.

"All we could do was stay away from the lines and let the fire come to us and control the fire itself, until they cut the power," Ray said.

That fire was contained at about 11:30 p.m., Ray said.

While firefighters were working, they noticed a "glow" in the area and found a second fire on Leopard Court, Rat said.

They investigated and found a 5-acre fire, likely also caused by the power line issue.

Additional engines, dozers and crew were called out by Cal Fire, and that fire was contained at about midnight.

"Crews spent the rest of the night mopping up, making sure there was no additional fire spread," Ray said, adding that the very steep terrain and number of logs and snags in the area made fighting the fire difficult.

Fires on the Ridge

There were several small fires on the San Juan Ridge over the weekend as well, including a 1-acre fire off Tyler-Foote Road Friday evening that was handled by Cal Fire and North San Juan firefighters.

On Saturday, there were several re-kindled hot spots from a suspected arson fire on Farrell Ravine Way off Jackass Flats Road that dated back to mid-August, said North San Juan Fire spokesman Tracy Corris.

"The roots systems can smolder for weeks, especially when it's so dry," Corris said. "It can take a while before it pops up."

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call (530) 477-4229.