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Wildfire burns 15 acres in Penn Valley

Fifteen acres burned in a wind-driven wildfire caused by a downed power line this afternoon north of Lake Wildwood, which destroyed a barn, came close to a vacant home and cut power to 58 homes, officials reported.

The fire was reported by a resident at 12:55 p.m. at Del Mar Way and Pleasant Valley Road. Firefighters from Calfire, Penn Valley and Rough and Ready responded and set to work fighting the main blaze, caused a power line knocked down by a fallen tree behind a vacant home on the 15000 block of Del Mar Way, Calfire Battalion Chief Rob Paulus said.

As firefighters put out the main fire, high winds sparked about six other spotfires in the area, Paulus said.

“We thought we had it headed off, we’d put out a spot fire, then we’d turn around and there would be another one,” Penn Valley Fire Protection District Chief Gene Vander Plaats said. “The wind changed about four to five times.”

Because the fire reached the road at Del Mar Way, the CHP closed the road to traffic during the blaze, Paulus said.

Firefighters ” a total of 50 responded ” dedicated the bulk of their efforts to protecting the vacant house on Del Mar Way, which is up for sale and does not have proper brush clearance, Paulus said.

No structures other than the barn were burned, he said.

“We had a challenging time,” Paulus said. “All the firefighters did great job containing it.”

Deputies with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office arrived to the fire in case an evacuation had to be called, but no evacuations were ordered, Paulus said.

Pacific Gas and Electric personnel responded to repair the power lines, and predicted they would have power restored in the area at about 7 p.m. tonight.

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