Bennett Fire: 100% contained, Cal Fire says (VIDEO)
Visit The Union Now for real time updates.
UPDATE at 7:25 a.m. Sunday:
From Cal Fire: #BennettFire off East Bennett Rd and Lava Rock Ave, Grass Valley in Nevada County is 59 acres and 100% contained. Unified Command:
@CALFIRENEU, Nevada County Sheriff, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, and Grass Valley Fire Department and Grass Valley police Department.
UPDATE at 11:42 a.m. Saturday:
A Cal Fire update on the Bennett Fire this morning shows containment at 95%.
UPDATE at 8:09 a.m. Saturday:
From Cal Fire: Bennett, Vegetation Fire, Nevada County, Update East Bennett Rd x Lava Rock Ave, Grass Valley City
• 59 acres brush & timber, 80% contained
• Unified Command CAL FIRE, Nevada County Sheriff’s, Nevada County Consolidated, Grass Valley Fire and Grass Valley Police Department.
UPDATE at 7:46 a.m. Friday:
From Cal Fire: 59 acres brush and timber, 75% contained
UPDATE at 9:45 a.m.:
The Bennett Fire is 73% contained this morning, according to Cal Fire NEU.
UPDATE at 7:12 a.m. Thursday:
From Nevada County Sheriff’s Office:
Good morning Nevada County!
Due to the amazing overnight work of the fire crews, all road blocks and evacuation orders have been lifted. This means that all of the Whispering Pines area is now open.
Please be aware of some fire crews still working in the area as you make your way through
UPDATE at 6:57 a.m. Thursday:
All evacuations have been lifted, and only one zone is in advisory status, meaning people should remain alert — the area of Whispering Pines and Idaho Maryland Road.
Update at 8:42 p.m.:
From Nevada County OES: The following roads are now accessible to residents with identification only:
-E. Bennett Street closed at Brunswick Rd.
-E. Bennett Street closed at Union Jack St.
-Centennial Drive closed at Idaho Maryland Rd.
-Whispering Pines closed at Brunswick Rd.
Update at 8:09 p.m.:
From Nevada County OES: REPOPULATION INFORMATION: With the exception of the eastern side of zone GRS-E222, all other zones are now open for repopulation. The border is closed to Idaho Maryland Road & Centennial Drive. GRS-E222B remains closed & under mandatory evacuation orders. http://community.zonehave.com
Update at 7:29 p.m.:
According to Cal Fire, the Bennett Fire is now 70% contained and an updated estimate on acreage has it at 50.6 acres.
UPDATE at 7:02 p.m.:
A Wednesday afternoon fire near East Bennett Road and Lava Rock Avenue forced evacuations across Grass Valley, with around 7,000 residents affected by evacuation orders and warnings caused by the fire, which had burned 64 acres and was 60% contained as of 6 p.m., authorities said.
Residents were under mandatory evacuation orders in zones ranging from Brunswick Road off Highway 49 in the north to the intersection of Brunswick and Bennett roads further south, according to Cal Fire. All of Crown Point Circle and some neighborhoods near Highway 174 in the south were also evacuated.
To the east, residents in zones covering areas near Bubbling Wells Road and the Nevada County Airport were not yet ordered to evacuate but were placed under evacuation warnings, as of 5 p.m., and residents near the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital on Glasson Way were given shelter-in-place advisories. Authorities urged all residents in Grass Valley to monitor evacuation updates at the county’s Community Zone Haven website.
Read the full story here.
Update 6:11 p.m.:
From Nevada County Officer of Emergency Services Twitter: UPDATE 6:00 PM: Firefighters have made significant progress in slowing down the forward progression of the #BennettFire. We are still concerned possible spot fires may be created by the wind. At this time, an estimated 60 acres have burned with 60% containment.
UPDATE at 5:17 p.m.:
Evacuation warnings now exist for the Brunswick Basin and Loma Rica Business Park.
UPDATE 5:11 p.m.:
UPDATE at 5:08 p.m. Wednesday:
The fire has grown to around 50 to 60 acres, according to Mark Buttron, with the Grass Valley Fire Department.
UPDATE at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday:
The Bennett Fire is 25 acres and zero percent contained.
A fire that started Wednesday afternoon in the area of East Bennett Road and Whispering Pines has burned 20 acres so far, and is currently zero percent contained, authorities say.
Evacuations were ordered in areas including Idaho Maryland Road, Whispering Pines, and Elm Ridge Cemetery, as the fire which had started at around 3:30 p.m. rapidly spread in under an hour, according to Cal Fire spokesperson Mary Eldridge.
The cause of the fire is unknown. Units with Cal Fire are involved, as well as personnel from other fire departments, Eldridge said.
Sierra College Nevada County Campus has closed because of the fire, a press release states.
This is a developing story and more information is expected to be available.
Follow The Union Now for live updates.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Source: Cal Fire