Brewer Fire scorches 6 acres |

Brewer Fire scorches 6 acres

By Trina Kleist

Staff Writer

Fire gobbled 6 acres of brushland on Highway 49 and Brewer Road in Southern Nevada County Sunday afternoon before it was contained by a massive showing of firefighting force.

The alarm sounded at 3:06 p.m., with firefighters from Higgins and Nevada County Consolidated fire districts joining the crew from Calfire Station No. 20 in Nevada City, according to a dispatcher from the Grass Valley Interagency Command Center, operated by the Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit of the state Calfire firefighting and forestry department.

In addition, a local strike team arrived that included a chief and engines from Peardale-Chicago Park, Rough and Ready and Penn Valley consolidated fire districts, the dispatcher said.

A water tender arrived from the Calfire Station No. 180 in Auburn, two air tankers and an air attack plane speeded from the Calfire attack base next to the Nevada County Airport, and the United States Forest Service lent a helicopter from the base at White Cloud, the dispatcher said.

All told, 15 engines and four water tenders jumped on the blaze, dubbed the Brewer Fire.

Firefighters fully contained the flames at 4:36 p.m. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire.

Local strike teams have been pre-organized in each county, with local fire departments contributing engines and personnel that can be called up at a moment’s notice, the dispatcher said.

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