Fire tackled at Peterson’s Corner
Firefighters contained a 4-acre wildfire at Peterson’s Corner late Friday, even as the U.S. Forest called off early an alert for possible lightning-related fires in the parched mountains.
The wildfire started at about 7:30 p.m., and crews from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection tried to keep it from spreading to nearby homes, said Ann Westling, spokeswoman for the Tahoe National Forest office in Nevada City.
By 8 p.m., firefighters had the blaze under control. No information was available by press time as to the fire’s origins.
Earlier in the evening, the Forest Service lifted a red flag alert for lightning-related fires in the northern Sierra.
More stable, drier air flowing over the region should keep lightning storms east of the area, the National Weather Service reported Friday.
The forecast came after lightning sparked several fires on the Plumas National Forest Thursday afternoon and the service’s Sacramento office issued a red flag warning for the Sierra-Nevada range’s higher elevations.
The fires, north of Nevada County between Portola and Susanville, had converged and spread to more than 2,500 acres by Friday, Westling said. The fire is in the Antelope Lake area; campers and residents of Franks Valley were evacuated, Calfire reported on its fire incident Web site, cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents.
Two other fires in El Dorado County sent smoke funneling up through the canyon of the You Bet Road area Friday afternoon, giving the appearance of a plume rising from the Colfax area, a dispatcher from the Grass Valley Interagency Command Center said.
As the high heat continued, the Nevada County Department of Public Health urged residents to drink plenty of water and stay in the shade during the hot weather. Prolonged outdoor activity should be avoided for heat and air quality reasons.
The red flag warning was in effect from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday for the Tahoe, Lassen, Plumas, El Dorado and Stanislaus national forests. Much of Nevada County lies within the Tahoe National Forest.
Weather information is available on the National Weather Service Web site at http://www.nws.noaa.gov.
Staff Photographer John Hart and Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller contributed to this story. To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4230.
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