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Fire may be linked to cigarette use

A vegetation fire in back of the PG&E sub-station on Plaza Drive, Monday evening. The fire departments that responded to the fire are, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Nevada County Consolidated, Calfire, and Grass Valley Police.
John Hart/jhart@theunion.com | The Union

A fire Monday evening behind a PG&E substation in Grass Valley drew a response from Grass Valley, Nevada City and Nevada County Consolidated fire departments, as well as members of the Grass Valley Police Department.

The substation is located on Sutton Way, but the fire broke out in a small ravine accessed more easily via Plaza Drive, according to Nevada Consolidated Fire Battalion Chief Jim Turner.

The fire initially was reported at about 6:20 p.m. and was extinguished within 10 minutes of the firefighters’ arrival, Turner said.



The blaze was about 1/8 of an acre in an area that previously had been masticated for fuel reduction, which helped reduce the spread, he said.

The fire did threaten the substation and burned a fence surrounding the structure.




The fire occurred next to a heavily used trail on which firefighters found multiple discarded cigarettes, Turner said. “A cigarette most likely was the cause,” he said.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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