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Smith, Smith Road and Hwy 49 in Grass Valley, Nevada County.

September 3, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Smith IC reports the fire as contained. Final size 1.7 acres, including the spot fires. Some resources are being released, with some firefighters remaining on scene and finalizing mop-up. The fire will be monitored and patrolled overnight.

September 3, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Hwy 49 is now open in both directions.

September 3, 2016 at 3:42 PM

A 100-ft long coco husk chips pile needs to be fully extinguished at Rare Earth. Firefighters will be comitted for at least 2 hours just to this part of the mop-up.

September 3, 2016 at 3:19 PM

Smith IC reports the main fire is now fully contained. However, there are four spot fires still uncontained. Full containment will be reached later this afternoon. Firefighters are still actively working this fire.

September 3, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Smith Air Tac is leaving the fire, returning to the Grass Valley Air Base. Some of the engines on scene are being made available for new incidents within the area.

September 3, 2016 at 3:02 PM

The closure of Hwy 49 at McKnight will be lifted, traffic control is in place. Smith Air Tac has released helicopter AT back to Whitecloud.

September 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Strike team on scene will be released in approximately 2 hours.

September 3, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Firefighters are starting the overhaul. Expect three to four hours of engines and firefighters on scene.

September 3, 2016 at 2:47 PM


Fire behavior has greatly moderated. The woodchip piles at Rare Earth are now putting out the majority of the smoke. Traffic is still very congested. If you can delay driving to the area, please do so.

September 3, 2016 at 2:41 PM

The fire is still estimated to be at 2 acres and holding.

September 3, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Spot fire are being contained, no additional spot fires at this time.

September 3, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Please avoid Dog Bar, LaBarr Meadows and Hwy 49 in the area. IC is reporting good progress, a wet line and a hoselay around 3/4 of the fire is completed. Some of the piles at Rare Earth have caught on fire and will require extensive overhaul and mop-up.


September 3, 2016 at 2:28 PM

LaBarr Meadows and Dog Bar road are now under a closure.

September 3, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Containment efforts on the fire are hampered by erratic winds, additional engines are arriving on scene.

September 3, 2016 at 2:19 PM

IC reports new spot fires and older ones rekindling, firefighters are working 4 spots and the main fire right now. LaBarr Meadows and Dog Bar Road are under traffic control and may be closed shortly.

September 3, 2016 at 2:16 PM
Smith IC is requesting three additional engines an more traffic control, this time for Dog Bar Road. Please avoid the area and watch for engines.

September 3, 2016 at 2:06 PM

Firefighters are making good progress on the incident, however spot fires are a concern. Approximate size is 2.5 acres.

Photo courtesy Treena
Photo courtesy Treena

September 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM

The fire is burning at a moderate rate of spread. There are no evacuations at this time. Tanker 89 is being released. One way traffic control with the northbound lane closed.

September 3, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Fire on Smith Road off Hwy 49 in Nevada County. Full wildland response on scene.