Fire torches 400-plus acres in Sierra Nevada foothills |

Fire torches 400-plus acres in Sierra Nevada foothills

Kyle MaginSun News Service

YUBA COUNTY, Calif. andamp;#8212; A Yuba County wildfire drew responses from firefighters in Nevada County this weekend, knocked out power to residents on the county’s far western end and left a cloud of smoke hanging over Penn Valley Sunday.As of Sunday afternoon, no injuries had been reported and no structures were lost in the blaze.The Krista fire sparked when a downed power line ignited brush at about 4 p.m. Saturday just north of the Yuba River northwest of Smartsville, according to a release from Cal Fire.The fire was burning off of Sicard Flat Road on land owned by the University of California, according to Cal Fire.Firefighters from Penn Valley Fire Department were among the 100 personnel who responded to the blaze, which grew by Sunday afternoon to 400 acres, according to Calfire dispatchers. It was expected to grow another 100-200 acres before it could be contained, dispatchers with Cal Fire said.By midday Sunday, the fire was 60 percent contained, and firefighters were expected to reach full containment by early Monday morning, dispatcher said.Resources deployed to knock the flames down included eight engine crews, four handcrews, three water tenders, a bulldozer and a helicopter.Shortly after the fire began Saturday evening, power was knocked out to 3,900 Pacific Gas and Electric customers in the area of Penn Valley, Smartsville and Rough and Ready, said Brandi Ehlers, a representative for the company.Crews from PGandamp;E restored power Saturday night, she added.

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