Cal Fire: Grizzly Fire 100% contained |

Cal Fire: Grizzly Fire 100% contained

Smoke from the Grizzly Fire burning east of North Columbia subsides Friday afternoon as firefighters get control of the blaze.

For the latest coverage on this fire go here.

UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect current acreage and containment of the Grizzly Fire.

Cal Fire said Monday morning that the Grizzly Fire was 100 percent contained.

Previously posted:

A vehicle that drove off of Grizzly Hill Road Friday just before 5 p.m. Friday reportedly sparked a vegetation fire in a rural area just east of North Columbia.

By 9 p.m. the forward progress of the fire had been stopped at 10 acres with 15 percent containment according to Cal Fire PIO Mary Eldridge. According to Cal Fire, as of Saturday morning, the fire was holding at 9.85 acres with 90 percent containment.
A heavy air and ground attack helped to keep the fire from spreading.

Firefighters from the North San Juan Volunteer Fire Department, Ophir Hill, Rough and Ready, Grass Valley, Nevada County Consolidated, Penn Valley, Peardale-Chicago Park, Tahoe National Forest, four hand crews from the Washington Ridge Fire Camp, and multiple helicopters and air tankers responded.

Additional engines were called in to assist with evacuations, though there were no homes in the immediate area, and the nearest threatened structure was the North Columbia schoolhouse.

A Cal Fire strike team from Butte County was at the scene ready to mobilize, but was called off as the forward progress of the fire was stopped.

“What’s interesting about this was that the first reports were from the lookout towers,” Eldridge said. That information was cross referenced with the Banner Mountain lookout which gave them the location of the fire.

“We’re fortunate for those air resources to help with the heavy timber,” Eldridge said.

North San Juan volunteer firefighter Jared DePue was first to drive his dozer into the fire.

“There’s way too much out there that I care about,” DePue said.

DePue echoed reports of thick burning timber that he faced head on as he cut fire lines to stop the progress of the blaze.
Two bulldozers remained on the scene through the night according to Eldridge.

To contact Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez, email or call 530-477-4230.

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