Grass fire under control after threatening homes

Published: Friday, Jun. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013 - 8:31 am

Firefighters contained a 237-acre grass fire west of Roseville on Thursday that was fed by dry conditions and wind gusts.

The fire burned along PFE Road between Watt Avenue and Walerga Road in Placer County.

At 2:20 p.m., the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced that firefighters had completely contained the fire.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said firefighters had to call in additional help after the blaze threatened two homes. About 100 firefighters from several fire departments responded to the blaze, he said.

"On a dry day … it doesn't take much for a fire to quickly grow," Berlant said.

Smoke from the fire was visible from the Placer County line to Highway 50 and from Watt Avenue to the Folsom area, prompting Sacramento County health officials to issue a wildfire smoke health advisory.

Even though it's still spring, Cal Fire is seeing dry, dangerous conditions that department personnel normally wouldn't see until August or September, Berlant said. Comparatively little rain fell this winter.

"Fire season is here and we need everybody to be prepared," Berlant said.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire, he said.

Call The Bee's Ben Mullin, (916) 321-1034.

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