Firefighters thank Nevada County for its support during Lowell Fire |

Firefighters thank Nevada County for its support during Lowell Fire

Officials from the California Department of Forest and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) expressed their gratitude to residents of Nevada and Placer counties in a letter to the editor issued to The Union newspaper Friday evening.

Over the course of the past week, hundreds of firefighters flocked to the area to battle the Lowell Fire, which is now nearing containment at 2,300 acres.

Firefighters and Cal Fire officials were overwhelmed by the support and appreciation shown to them, said Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler, who forwarded the following statement:

“Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Fire Chief George Morris III and Cal Fire Incident Management Team 1 Commander Bret Gouvea, along with all the firefighters assigned to the Lowell Fire would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation for the overwhelming support and cooperation throughout this emergency situation,” the statement reads. “According to Randy Hinkle, a local Cal Fire firefighter, ‘the community showed incredible support for us and we want to recognize their efforts which have not gone unnoticed.’

“You helped us help you!!”

As of Friday night, the Lowell Fire was 75 percent contained at 2,303 acres.

Through July 25, Cal Fire has reported a total of 3,897 fires that have consumed 29,357 acres in 2015. The total fires through the same date in 2014 was 2,757.

Visit for more information on the Lowell Fire, and other fires throughout the state.

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