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Bullards Fire fully contained

The Bullards Fire, which spread to 1,307 acres at its peak and was fully contained by Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters continued to mop up hot spots 300 feet in from the fire’s perimeter, identify fire suppression repair needs and start a repair plan.

As firefighters gained control of the blaze Tuesday, many were sent home or to other fires.



The fire began at 4:05 p.m. Aug. 27, and is burning in Yuba County south of Bullards Bar Reservoir, about 15 miles northwest of Grass Valley.

Crews working through the night Monday discovered a spot fire outside of the fire’s perimeter. The spot fire grew to 20 feet by 75 feet in size, and crews immediately built a fire line to stop its spread.




Officials lifted all evacuations and road closures, but Oregon Hill Road was open with controlled access. The public was encouraged to use caution when traveling through the fire area, as firefighters, utility crews, and large equipment operators were working on or near the highway and side roads.

Bullards Bar recreation areas and campgrounds are open.

Crews and equipment included 36 hand crews, 48 engines, 11 bulldozers and four helicopters for a total of 1,077 personnel, national forest officials said Tuesday.

Agencies responding included Nevada County Consolidated, Grass Valley and Penn Valley fire departments.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.

Camptonville, Calif. – At 6 p.m. Tuesday, fire managers declared the Bullards Fire 100 percent contained.

Firefighters continue to mop-up all hot spots 300 feet in from the fire perimeter and pull hose from the secured fire containment lines. Management objectives include identifying fire suppression repair work and implementing the fire suppression repair plan. Significant demobilization of firefighting resources continues.

All evacuations and road closures have been lifted. The public is encouraged to use caution when traveling through the fire area, as firefighters, utility crews, and large equipment operators may be working on or near the highway and side roads. Bullards Bar recreation areas and campgrounds are also open.

Thursday morning, September 2, NorCal Team II will transition the management of the fire to a local organization. This organization will continue to operate under Unified Command with the Forest Service and CAL FIRE to complete the fire suppression repair plan.

Forecasted Weather for Wednesday:

Anticipated temperature: 94o

Anticipated relative humidity: 15%.

SW Winds: 10mph

Size: 1,307 acres Containment: 100%

Crews and Equipment Currently Assigned:

16 Hand Crews

31 Engines

3 Dozers

1 Helicopters (for day shift)

Air Tankers are available if needed (for day shift)

Total Personnel: 595

Injuries: 1 (broken foot)

Incident Cooperators: Forest Service, CAL FIRE, Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, CHP, PG&E, CA

Department of Corrections, CA Conservation Corps-Placer Center, private contractors, and local fire

agencies including North San Juan, Dobbins-Oregon House, Camptonville, Nevada County Consolidated,

Grass Valley, Penn Valley, and Linda Fire.

The fire began Friday afternoon, August 27, and is burning in Yuba County south of Bullards Bar Reservoir

on both sides of the North Yuba River on the Tahoe and Plumas National Forests. The cause remains under

investigation.

NOTICE TO AREA RESIDENTS: Fire managers would like to thank all the residents who were

impacted by the Bullards Fire and appreciate their patience while fire crews worked hard to suppress the

fire to make the area safe. They also appreciate the assistance the incident received from all the

cooperating agencies.

NOTE: The Fire Information Center will continue to be located at the Tahoe National Forest Headquarters, 631 Coyote St, Nevada City,

— (530) 478-6101. The Ranger District Office at Camptonville will be open and available for local information.


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