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A day of fires

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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A grass fire charred 30 acres and burned one abandoned barn Thursday near the intersection of Moore Road and Nelson Lane, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Fred Lopez. Units from Cal Fire and the Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln fire departments responded, according to Lincoln Fire Chief Dave Whitt. The first 9-1-1 call came in at 1:31 p.m. Thursday, and crews were mopping up about two hours later, according to Lopez. The cause of the blaze is under investigation at this time, and calm winds kept the fire manageable. “If we’d had a wind blowing, it would have been much worse,” Lopez said. Edwin “Buzz” Noyes lives off Moore Road adjacent to the fields where firefighters were toiling against the flames. “Our friend came over and told us about the fire,” Noyes said. Noyes was leaving his house to go across the street to avoid the heat of the fire, but said he wasn’t concerned about his house burning. According to Whitt, “the guys did a really good job” stopping the fire before it could reach homes along Moore Road. During the fire, the city of Lincoln still had good coverage, Whitt said. That proved to be the case, as a grass fire flared up next to railroad tracks off Highway 65 south of the Joiner Parkway overpass, and a Rocklin Fire Department brush unit responded to extinguish the small fire. That fire burned about a quarter of an acre, and was started when workers doing weed abatement with a string trimmer – the appropriate tool, according to Whitt – had their trimmer catch fire. The worker dropped the trimmer into the brush, igniting it. Earlier, at 11:30, the Lincoln Fire Department responded to a golf cart that caught fire near the Orchard Creek Lodge in Sun City Lincoln Hills due to a problem stemming from the battery. “It was fully involved when we got here,” said Capt. Evan Faddis, who added that golf carts burn quickly, as many of their components are plastic. The fire was an easy one to extinguish, according to Faddis, who said the flames went down as soon as firefighters put water on it. Brandon Darnell can be reached by e-mail at brandond@goldcountrymedia.com.