Fire at Sutton and Dorsey in Grass Valley (VIDEO) |

Fire at Sutton and Dorsey in Grass Valley (VIDEO)

The Union staff
Firefighters on the scene Sunday, battling a blaze at Dorsey Drive and Sutton Way in Grass Valley. The fire’s forward progress had been contained just before 3 p.m

A fire covering about 15 acres erupted early afternoon Sunday along Sutton Way and Dorsey Drive in Grass Valley.

Fire at Dorsey and Sutton in Grass Valley.

Posted by The Union on Sunday, October 27, 2019

Firefighters were notified of the “Dorsey incident” around 1:25 p.m., according to Mark Buttron, fire chief for Grass Valley.

The cause of the fire, and its area of origin, was unknown as of late Sunday afternoon, according to Nevada County Office of Emergency Services Public Information Officer Priya Kannall.

Strong wind gusts pushed flames to both sides of Sutton Way.

There was fear that spot fires would spread to the Whispering Pines area, but the fire was 75 percent contained by late Sunday afternoon, said Buttron.

“The crews all did a phenomenal job,” said the fire chief. “The interagency response was phenomenal.”

Fire officials planned to monitor the area all night, said Buttron.

A road closure was enacted between Idaho Maryland Road and Sutton Way. Fire officials were trying to clear people from the area, issuing a code red advisory. Residents of the area, however, were not evacuated from the scene.

“It’s just important for us to remember that we’re still in critical fire weather,” said Buttron. “Everyone just needs to be cognizant of what they’re doing.”

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