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Dobbins-area fire contained at 100 acres

Fire crews were expected to continue mop-up Sunday on the Finley Fire between Dobbins and Brownsville, which was contained at 100 acres at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, state officials said.

Fire engines screamed and bombers flew over Grass Valley mid-afternoon Saturday as area firefighters battled the blaze in the foothills of eastern Yuba County.

Smoke from the fire, believed to have 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 rushed to the area from at least nine agencies, including Dobbins and Foothill fire departments, 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 tankrs, three Calfire helicopters, five hand crews and two bull dozers, 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.

With dry conditions early in the year and fire agencies already worn from fighting the June 21 lightning fires, firefighters are anxious to stop blazes before they spread and become catastrophic.

For more information about any current fire, call Calfire’s public information hotline at 823-4083.

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To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail tkleist@theunion.com or call 477-4230.


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