Small fire quickly doused, rain in the forecast for western Nevada County |

Small fire quickly doused, rain in the forecast for western Nevada County

Firefighters responded quickly to a vegetation fire burning on the 19000 block of McCourtney Road Satruday afternoon.
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Winds are expected to be light this week in the Grass Valley area, following a weekend of high wind advisories throughout much of the state.

According to PG&E, a small handful of power outages resulted from this weekend’s winds in western Nevada County, but the area was largely spared the brunt of gusts that caused major outages in the Sacramento Valley and Central Coast areas.

The week is expected to kick off with sunny skies and highs in the upper 50’s, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain is expected to move in Wednesday and clear out by Thursday, with slightly cooler temperatures in the forecast. Highs are predicted to be in the high 40’s and low 50’s through the end of the week.

Fire Quickly Doused

A small vegetation fire in the 19000 block of McCourtney Road was quickly extinguished by firefighters Saturday afternoon.

An initial report came in at 2:15 p.m., just as winds were beginning to pick up in the region.

A nearby property owner described the fire as being the size of a house.

By 2:35 p.m., responding firefighters had contained the fire to a 75-by-75-foot section of blackberry bushes that had caught fire and left a hand crew on scene to mop up.

A small, wind-driven spot fire traveled about 50 yards and ignited a pile of manure, but was also extinguished by firefighters.

The cause of the fire was unknown as of press time.

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