Burning Brush Starts Larger Grass Fire

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Highway 20 was closed in both directions and homes were evacuated because of a growing grass fire near Spring Valley Road in Yuba County.

The fire appears to have started because a man was burning brush near his home, northeast of Yuba City.

The man, Elmer Myers, told FOX40 he was burning brush, as he does often, he went inside and when he returned, he found the flames had really spread.

Crews from Yuba County closed down Highway 20 for about an hour in both directions because of the thick smoke.

The fire grew quickly, and nearby people were evacuated. In the end, two sheds burned, but no homes caught fire and no one was injured.

When it comes to burning debris or brush in rural Yuba County, residents have to have a burn permit. Cal Fire has specific guidelines, including staying in attendance with the fire until it’s out, and keeping a water supply close by.

Myers said he did not have a burn permit. It’s unclear if he’ll face a fine. The fire is still under investigation.

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