Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department officials said a 25-acre fire Tuesday afternoon damaged one Elk Grove home and prompted evacuation of several other residences before it was contained.
Fire Chief Tracey Hansen said a grass fire that started about 1:30 p.m. at Bond and Waterman roads was driven by high, shifting winds. It quickly spread toward homes that border the field to the east and south, she said. The fire ignited the roof of a home on Blue Falls Court, which was damaged but is habitable, fire officials reported. The house suffered an estimated $20,000 to $25,000 in damage. A car at a nearby residence was destroyed by the fire.
Elk Grove police assisted Cosumnes fire crews in evacuating residents from homes on Blue Falls Court and Rushing Creek Drive, the streets with homes backing up to the field.
Fire investigators believe the cause of the grass fire to be arcing electrical wires due to the wind. The shifting high wind conditions created challenges for suppression crews, fire officials reported. Cosumnes fire crews were assisted by Sacramento Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews, as well a Metro Fire helicopter.
Hansen reported that several wooden backyard fences also sustained fire damage.
No injuries were reported.