Disaster averted; Firefighters save homes in western Nevada County (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY) | TheUnion.com

Disaster averted; Firefighters save homes in western Nevada County (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

Cal Fire firefighters — with assistance from Nevada and Yuba County units — saved a handful of homes from the flames of a vegetation fire along the 14000 block of Dove Road in western Nevada County on Wednesday afternoon.

Multiple reports of the fire came in around 4 p.m. prompting a large response from Cal Fire, including bulldozers, water tenders, Grass Valley air tanker 88 and White Cloud helicopter 514.

Firefighters at the scene initially described the fire moving at a moderate rate up a hill, through dry grass and oak woodlands.

Grass Valley air tanker 88 made strategic fire retardant drops to prevent the flanks of the fire from burning homes that bordered it.

Though a few outbuildings did meet their fate, residents in the area noted the initial retardant drops likely saved their homes.

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Cal Fire has increased the initial fire response following the disastrous 2017 California wildfire season in efforts to keep wildland fires under 10 acres.

Between 4 and 6 acres burned in the Dove Road incident.

The cause of the fire was undetermined as of press time.

To contact Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez, email efunez@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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