Jeff Brand

49 Fire investigation remains ‘hot’

Cal Fire Unit Chief Brad Harris answered questions about the 49 Fire and subsequent response during an interview with the Auburn Journal Wednesday. No one has been arrested for the ...

49 Fire: Where was Auburn Fire?

A dispatch error that resulted in a failure to call the Auburn Fire Department to the scene of last year’s 49 Fire was remedied upon its discovery. According to Ian Gow, chief ...

New blaze brings painful memories

A 2-acre fire that began and was contained Sunday hit a little too close to home for some Auburn residents. The blaze broke out at Skyview and Moss Rock drives near Dry Creek Road ...

49 Fire: Where are we one year later?

This time last year, Auburn residents were gearing up for the Black & White Ball. They were enjoying the final days of summer and preparing for the coming fall months. On Aug. ...

Fire burns two acres in North Auburn

A wildfire burned two acres Sunday afternoon near the site of last August’s 49 Fire in North Auburn that destroyed 63 homes. The fire broke out on Blue Grass Drive near Dry Cree ...

49 Fire commander talks response times

At the height of the 49 Fire, the number of trucks that responded was in the double digits and personnel numbers reached the hundreds. On Wednesday, Incident Commander Jeff Brand ...

Metal grinding led to evening fire

A spark from a metal grinder led to a fire that consumed an Auburn backyard and caused “substantial” damage to the home Wednesday evening. A resident of a home on the 4000 bl ...

Auburn garage goes up in smoke

Firefighters battled a raging blaze that consumed a small garage and damaged part of an Auburn home Wednesday evening. The fire was in full force by about 6 p.m. as six engines, ...

Early-morning fire torches Newcastle barn

A Newcastle family woke up to a nightmare Monday morning. With a strong north wind blowing, the storage barn about 30 yards from their home was engulfed in flames and fire had alr ...