Two-acre blaze sparked near Dutch Flat |

Two-acre blaze sparked near Dutch Flat

A two-acre wildfire in Dutch Flat just south of the Nevada County line is expected to be fully contained by 8 a.m. today.

The fire, which started in timber next to railroad tracks parallel to Lincoln Road, was reported by several 911 callers at about 5:14 p.m. Wednesday.

“Trains have been going through there all day,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Capt. Steve Mueller said late Wednesday. A spark from the tracks could have started the fire, but the exact cause has yet to be determined, he said.

Five CDF engines, two CDF bulldozers, two CDF hand crews and two water tenders from Placer County Fire responded to the fire.

An air attack plane and two U.S. Forest Service air tankers responded, but had to leave as the sky grew dark.

Strong winds gave firefighters trouble containing the fire during the first hour of the blaze, but the winds let up and eased fire conditions.

No structures were threatened by the fire, Meuller said.


To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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