Slash pile fire contained on La Barr Meadows Road in Nevada County | TheUnion.com

Slash pile fire contained on La Barr Meadows Road in Nevada County

The Union staff
According to a Cal Fire Facebook post, firefighters responded to the 12000 block of La Barr Meadows Road, finding a slash pile on fire.
Cal Fire

Firefighters from Cal Fire and the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District contained a fire just after midnight Tuesday after it broke out in a large logging slash pile on La Barr Meadows Road.

The pile of tree limbs and other debris was on a PG&E debris management site in Grass Valley that is managed and maintained by contractor Phillips and Jordan, said PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Merlo.

“Early this morning at 12:44 a.m., Cal Fire received a 911 call regarding a brush pile on fire and responded,” Merlo said Tuesday. “The fire was contained around 7 a.m., after which Cal Fire advised (us) to let the remainder of the pile burn while being closely monitored.”

The piles consisted of the remains of logs that had been removed during enhanced vegetation management work in the county’s high fire-threat areas, Merlo said.

“It’s a staging area,” she said of the property. “We are opting now to remove (felled) wood from properties due to fire safety issues. That wood then goes from the staging area to biomass sites or to mills, or for other uses.”

According to Merlo, on-site personnel are monitoring the burn and will reach out to Cal Fire if conditions change. There were no injuries or property damage from the fire, she said.

A Cal Fire spokeswoman couldn’t be reached for comment on the possible cause of the fire.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lizk@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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