Vegetation fire scorches seven acres |

Vegetation fire scorches seven acres

Firefighters quickly gained control of a seven-acre wildfire Wednesday on Duggans Road at Wolf Meadows Drive.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection issued an alert for law enforcement to be on the lookout for an older blue Chevrolet sedan witnesses reported seeing near the fire’s origin, Calfire Capt. Chris Harrison said.

Several people called 911 to report the fire shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, which broke out by the side of Duggans Road, Harrison said.

Firefighters from Calfire and Higgins Area Fire Protection District responded, along with two air tankers, one helicopter, two bulldozers and one air attack plane. Two hand crews also responded to the blaze, Calfire dispatcher Scott Bravo said.

The blaze was contained by 3:30 p.m., Bravo said, and the cause is under investigation. No structures were burned, Harrison said, although the flames did come close to one single-family home.

Fire officials have warned of an unusually dry, long fire season this year, brought on by a dry winter and early summer.

“I strongly encourage residents to create a defensible space around their structures,” Calfire Unit Chief Brad Harris said in a news release at the start of fire season last month.

He warned that hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires. He recommended drivers refrain from pulling off into dry grass or brush.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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