Update: The Browns fire along Highway 299 south of Weaverville was fully contained Thursday afternoon, Sept. 10. Firefighters will patrol the area for the next several days.
No structures were destroyed and no firefighters injured.
Cal Fire is reporting the cause as mechanical failure from a vehicle towing a trailer.
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Update: As of Wednesday morning, Sept. 9, Cal Fire reported the Browns fire that caused evacuations Tuesday has been stopped at 35 acres and is 75 percent contained.
The fire started by Highway 299 south of Weaverville and caused the evacuation of Little Browns Creek Road. The evacuation was lifted Tuesday night and Highway 299 was reopened to one-way controlled traffic with a pilot vehicle.
Several fires reportedly sparked by a vehicle on Highway 299 caused the mandatory evacuation of Little Browns Creek Road outside Weaverville and closed the highway Tuesday.
At 7 p.m. the fire area was reported to be 35 acres.
The fires were reported at approximately 3:55 p.m. and firefighters reported they were spreading rapidly. A few hours later the situation had calmed. However, as of the Journal’s press deadline Tuesday evening evacuations remained in effect with a shelter set up at the First Baptist Church at 1261 S. Main St. in Weaverville.
The Trinity Public Utilities District cut power to Douglas City and Hayfork for firefighter safety because its 60kV transmission line was right in the path of the fire, TPUD General Manager Paul Hauser said. “We’ve heard reports from firefighters we had several poles on fire but we don’t know the result of that.”
A few hours after the fire started, power was restored.
“The Weaverville volunteers and Cal Fire did a great job protecting our poles,” Hauser said.