Brandie Fire burns in Yuba County

The fire forced the closure of Loma Rica Road between Scott Grant Road and Kimberly Road in Loma Rica.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — 4:30 p.m. Update:

Yuba County Office of Emergency Services officials said advisories to Loma Rica residents were lifted as an 80-acre wildfire neared containment.

The wildfire dubbed the “Brandie Fire” started around 1:20 p.m. Saturday and is believed to be burning north of Marysville Road and south of Loma Rica Road in Yuba County.

In a Facebook post, officials say they “feel great to achieve full containment” but are asking people to avoid the area while crews clean up.

According to the Yuba County Emergency Services Office, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but authorities are investigating.

Yuba County Cal Fire crews battle a wildfire dubbed the “Brandie Fire” near the community of Loma Rica, Cal Fire’s Butte unit tweeted Saturday.

The fire would burn north of Marysville Road and south of Loma Rica Road. Although no evacuations have been ordered, the area is under a Yuba County advisory, encouraging residents to be vigilant and follow future recommendations.

The Yuba County Emergency Services Office said on Facebook that it does not anticipate further advisories as they say the retarder and bulldozer lines are currently holding fire.

“We’re still monitoring, but we love the progress,” the Facebook post said.

The Loma Rica road between Scott Grant Road and Kimberly Road remains closed as crews battle the blaze, according to Yuba County.

This map from the National Interagency Fire Center shows fire activity (may take a few seconds to load):


According to Cal Fire, the 2021 fire season started earlier than previous years, but also ended earlier. In January 2021, just under 1,200 acres burned due to nearly 300 wildfires. The fires resumed in the summer when the Dixie Fire burned in five northern California counties – Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen and Tehama. The Dixie Fire started on July 13 and was not brought under control until October 25, burning nearly a million acres. It has since become the second largest wildfire in state history and the largest non-complex fire.

Overall, 2.5 million acres were burned in 2021 from 8,835 wildfires. Over 3,600 structures were destroyed and 3 people killed.

If you live in an area prone to wildfires, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. A defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely clear. At least 100 feet is recommended.

The Department of Homeland Security suggests putting together an emergency kit of important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to take with you if you have to leave at any time. The agency also suggests signing up for local alert system notifications and learning the best about your community’s evacuation plans to prepare you and your family in the event of a wildfire.

Some counties use Nixle Alerts to notify residents of severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your postcode to 888777 to start receiving alerts.

Read more: Are you ready for wildfires? Here’s what to do to prepare for fire season.

PG&E customers can also subscribe to SMS, email or phone call alerts. If you are a PG&E customer, visit the Profile & Alerts section of your account to register.

What questions do you have about the latest wildfires? If you are affected by wildfires, what would you like to know? Text the ABC10 team at (916) 321-3310.

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