A Fire broke out in an old Mine Shaft on Allison Ranch Road 1/4 mile from Mc Courtney on Sunday. Nevada County Consolidated Fire Department, along with CalFire, Grass Valley Police Dept and Nevada County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched for a smoke check in the Allison Ranch RD. area. Upon arrival of fire units, dark smoke was coming from an area near Wolf Creek. Grass Valley Battalion Chief David Ray was on the scene.
“We had half of our people geared up for a vegetation response and the other half geared up for a structure response and we put our SCVAs on and entered the cave. We went inside and took a look and there was nobody found inside, which was great. So then we extinguished the rest of the fire which appeared to be carpet material and bedding material.”
After investigation, the fire was confirmed to be in an old mine shaft. The shaft was about 40 feet deep. The fire appeared to have started in a possible homeless camp. The fire was extinguished with no spread to the wild land. Chief Ray says the fire was human caused but no further details are available.