100 acres scorched in Dobbins area
Fire crews continued to mop-up Sunday on the Finley Fire between Dobbins and Brownsville, which was contained at 102 acres on Saturday, state officials said.
Fire crews remained on the scene Sunday, putting out hot spots. A vacant mobile home was lost in the fire, but no other structures burned, an emergency dispatcher said.
With western Nevada County just recovering from a pall of smoke left from lightning fires along the Yuba and American rivers, last year’s Angora Fire at Lake Tahoe still a powerful memory and the 20th anniversary of the calamitous 49er Fire coming up, area residents are anxious about fire danger.
Recent hot weather has had the area on alert, and with the fire season expected to stretch into October, fire officials have expressed concern about California’s ability to face another round of infernal blazes.
Fire engines screamed and bombers flew over Grass Valley mid-afternoon Saturday as area firefighters rushed to the blaze in the foothills of eastern Yuba County.
Smoke from the fire, which possibly started on the Finley Ranch near Willow Glen Road, could be seen from areas of western Nevada County. It was reported just past 2 p.m. and spread quickly in a heavily timbered area, dispatcher Chelsea Fox of the Grass Valley Interagency Command Center said. The center on Loma Rica near the county airport is operated by the Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit of Calfire, California’s forestry and firefighting department.
Firefighters and equipment from at least nine agencies fought the flames, including Dobbins and Foothill fire departments, Butte County Fire Department, Calfire, Tahoe National Forest and Plumas National Forest. A National Forest hotshot crew also was flown in.
Equipment at the blaze included at least 20 engines, six air tankers, three Calfire helicopters, five hand crews and two bulldozers, Fox said.
The fire was reported to have started on Finley Hill, on the ranch, but information was unclear and its cause was under investigation, Fox added.
Winds were carrying embers, heightening concern about the fire’s spread.
For more information about any current fire, call Calfire’s public information
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