(VIDEO) Firefighters battle vegetation fire off Hwy 20 near Nevada County Fairgrounds
A multitude of local agencies quickly suppressed an active vegetation fire that burned between 7 and 10 acres Wednesday afternoon off of Highway 20 half a mile west of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, north of Highway 20.
Everything from air tankers, helitack crews, multiple engines, hand crews, bulldozers, and water tenders converged to
keep the fire — named the Rex Fire — from damaging structures or homes.
The Tahoe National Forest sent hotshot crews, McClellan Air Base sent an air tanker as did the Grass Valley Air Attack Base, which also sent up an OV-10 spotter plane to communicate with the firefighters, according to Cal Fire Communications Operator Chris Africa. Helicopters from the Vina helitack base out of Tehama County, as well as helicopters from Truckee and Plumas County also responded.
Black plumes of smoke could be seen as the burning vegetation threatened the nearby Sierra Pines Mobile Home Park, as well as the vineyards of the adjacent Sierra Starr Winery, which sustained some damage to some of their young vines.
Mandatory evacuation procedures were in place early on for the surrounding neighborhoods, but was quickly released.
Smoke from the fire was first spotted by lookouts atop the Banner and Wolf Mountain lookouts at 12:30 p.m.
Ground units from Cal Fire, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Ophir Hill, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Nevada County Consolidated, and Smartsville Fire Departments responded.
Penn Valley had a total of six personnel and two apparatus on the incident, with one unit remaining late on the scene.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Ivan Natividad contributed to this report.
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