The McCourtney fire caused evacuations in parts of Grass Valley, California.



Several point fires were put out after burning along Highway 20 in Grass Valley, Cal Fire officials said.

Local fire and law enforcement units were at the scene of the McCourtney blaze on Highway 20 as evacuations were ordered near Brighton Street, the The Nevada County Emergency Services Office said in a social media post at 1:21 p.m. Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer units were also on hand to assist.

Nevada County OES said later at 1:36 p.m.. that the fire is progressing well and that no further evacuation is necessary.

Cal Fire NEU spokeswoman Mary Eldridge told the Sacramento Bee at 2:15 p.m. that there were several fires located on the side of the freeway near Brighton Street, and they had all been extinguished.

Caltrans officials had closed and then reopened east and westbound traffic on the freeway near McCourtney Road due to the fire, according to a social media post. Officials said the freeway reopened to eastbound traffic in Penn Valley and reopened westbound traffic on a lane near Mill Street for fire clean-up.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

As temperatures continue to fluctuate in the west with very little precipitation, the National Weather Service recalled that isolated thunderstorms are possible over the Sierra Nevada this week. Little or no rain is expected, so lightning may cause new fires to start. Sacramento Weather Service Office noted.

Zaeem Shaikh is a summer reporting intern for The Sacramento Bee. He studied journalism and political science at Fresno State, where he is editor-in-chief of The Collegian.


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