Morning vegetation fire sends smoke into South County sky |

Morning vegetation fire sends smoke into South County sky

South County residents awoke to a strong smell of smoke Tuesday morning due to a vegetation fire near Brewer Road.

Nevada County Consolidated Fire and Grass Valley Fire Battalion 1, along with Cal Fire, were dispatched to a vegetation fire in the area of Brewer and Wolf Creek roads.

“We live an eighth of a mile away from where the fire took place, and at 3 a.m. I heard chainsaws and firefighters yelling and smelt a lot of smoke,” said South County resident Melanie Marsico. “It was scary because last September there was a fire right in the same area close to our house, and today was a bit of a reminder of that incident.”

Nevada County Consolidated arrived to find two acres of light fuel and medium fuels running uphill with one structure threatened. Crews began progressive hose lays to contain the fire, and additional resources were requested due to the potential and topography.

“Around 25 personnel responded to the incident that took place at 1 a.m,” said Grass Valley Fire Battalion Chief Mark Buttron. “Fire covered 4.25 acres, most of which was grass. There was an initial structure threat, but when the crew arrived, that was taken care of pretty quickly. It was difficult because the fire was on such a steep hill, the hose lays kept sliding back. The cause still remains under investigation.”

A total of 12 pieces of equipment along with three battalion chiefs from various agencies responded to the incident.

An initial release of fire crews began at 7 a.m., though crews remained on scene throughout the day to suppress hot spots within the fire lines.

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