Five acres burned near North San Juan |

Five acres burned near North San Juan

A fire from an abandoned trailer was contained within a few hours of spreading across a steep canyon near Dobbins Monday morning.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Tina Rose said the fire was contained to five acres after it was reported at 7 a.m. No other structures were burned in the area along the Nevada and Yuba county line, and none of the 63 firefighters responding were injured, Rose said.

The blaze spread into heavy brush and other forest fuels about five miles southwest of North San Juan after an electrical short ignited the fire inside the trailer, Rose said. The blaze was near the Colgate Powerhouse on the middle fork of the Yuba River, south of Dobbins.

CDF air tankers from Grass Valley could not respond to the blaze because of the steep and dangerous terrain, Rose said. But eight fire engine crews, one bulldozer and two helicopters managed to knock the fire down before it got out of control.

The blaze was called in by workers at the powerhouse, Rose said. It is located at the extreme opposite end of Englebright Lake from the dam.

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