Blaze blackens 2 acres |

Blaze blackens 2 acres

Sparks from a welding job in a man’s driveway ignited a 2-acre fire in Rough and Ready on Thursday – a little too close for comfort after nearly six weeks of blazes consumed more than a million acres statewide.

The call came at 2:16 p.m. from the 11000 block of Rough and Ready Road, and pages went on to the 12 members of the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Chief Don Gannon said.

The fire “jumped Rough and Ready Road and went over to the east side,” Gannon said. “When the first people got there, it was going up a field on the other side … toward Burkhart Lane.”

CalFire sent an air attack plane to make a drop, slowing the fire down, Gannon said.

Crews from Penn Valley Fire Department and CalFire, the state’s forestry and firefighting agency, arrived to help put out the blaze.

The daytime fire was a reminder of the challenges faced at an all-volunteer fire department, including firefighters responding from work outside the district, Gannon said.

Commitment to their community keeps it going, he said.

“They’re the true heroes, because they’re working for nothing,” Gannon said.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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