Evacuation orders lifted after Nevada County fire destroys structure

Evacuations ordered Sunday afternoon in Alta Sierra, near Grass Valley, have been lifted as fire crews have contained the Oak Fire in Nevada County.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department had issued mandatory evacuations for residences in the area. Cal Fire tweeted around 7 p.m. that the fire had been controlled at 80 percent containment after burning 16 acres, and that evacuation orders were no longer in place. One structure was destroyed and two others were damaged, Cal Fire reported.

The exact number of people who were asked to evacuate is unknown, but the Nevada County Sheriff’s office said areas under evacuation are densely populated.

Mary Eldridge, a Cal Fire spokesperson, said the fire started at about 2:46 p.m. Sunday and covered more than seven acres. It mostly burned through grassland.

At least four different fire crews have responded to the scene, as well as one helicopter, which dropped water onto the fire.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Cal Fire says.

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