Pleasant fire burns west of Nevada City, prompting evacuations

Plumes of smoke billowed from the hills west of Nevada City where the Pleasant fire was lit at 2:31 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The fire burned through 70 acres in two hours and is 0% contained, said Robert Foxworthy, information officer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire area is about 65 miles northeast of Sacramento.

The fire burns in the Owl Creek Road and Lost Ranch Way area. It caused several road closures and threatened structures, Foxworthy said. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation order for McKitrick Ranch Road Saturday afternoon.

Local news site reported that the fire started when a car burst into flames, but Foxworthy was unable to confirm this report.

As of 5:00 p.m. local weather was 94 degrees, with 15% humidity and winds of 3 miles per hour.

Also in Northern California, the Six Rivers Fire Humboldt and Trinity were 81% contained as of Saturday morning after raging for about two weeks and burning 26,000 acres. Firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze on Wednesday and Thursday when there was little fire activity. Pleasant fire burns west of Nevada City, prompting evacuations

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