Browns Valley Fire

A fire in Browns Valley is seen from Township Road Monday. It burned 81 acres before it was fully contained.

Armed with bulldozers, helicopters, water tenders and hand crews, Cal Fire quickly struck down a grass fire started by a welding operation at the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley Monday afternoon.

By 4:20 p.m., the fire at the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ property on Scott Forbes Road was fully contained and had burned 81 acres, Nevada-Yuba-Placer Cal Fire Division Chief Jim Mathias said. 

When the fire ignited around noon, it had quickly grown to 30 acres. By 3 p.m., personnel had contained it to 60 percent after burning 66 acres.

Three water tenders, two bulldozers, two hand crews, four air attacks and one helicopter responded to the blaze. Mathias said that’s a pretty normal Cal Fire response, given the grassy terrain, wind and high fire danger. No homes were threatened.

Departments from Marysville, Linda, Loma Rica, Browns Valley, Dobbins, Smartsville, Penn Valley and Rough and Ready provided mutual aid.

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