Fires

614-acre Baseline Fire near Roseville is fully contained

Firefighters havefully contained the grass fire that broke out Friday afternoon near Baseline Road and Country Acres Lane along the Sacramento-Placer county line west of Roseville, according to Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit.

The Baseline Fire, which started around 3:15 p.m., charred 614 acres and was 100 percent contained shortly before 7 p.m., Cal Fire said. Smoke from the blaze was visible across Sacramento before the start of the afternoon commute.

Dispatch logs for the California Highway Patrol said that enforcement is stopping traffic at 16th Street and Elverta Road east of Elverta and at Dyer Lane and Watt Avenue near Gibson Ranch. Baseline Road between Watt Avenue and Locust Road is also closed, several agencies reported. Motorists are advised to stay out of the area. Baseline Road is expected to be closed for at least one to two hours, the CHP said.

Some structures were threatened early on in the fire, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District spokesman Capt. Chris Vestal said, but were ultimately unharmed. The fire did not jump any roads.

“Even though we had a couple days of rain in the last week, its not enough rain. It’s not soaking rain or persistent rain that’s going to cause this vegetation to actually absorb moisture,” Vestal said.

Crews from Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, South Placer Fire District and Roseville Fire Department are assisting the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in the efforts. Units will be kept out at the site until at least 7 or 8 p.m., Vestal said.

A separate fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. at Metro Air Parkway and Skyking Road near Sacramento International Airport, according to the Sacramento Fire Department. That fire is at 100 acres and is nearing full containment, officials said.

The cause of both fires is unknown.

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Mack Ervin III covers breaking news and high school sports for The Bee. A journalism student at Sacramento State, he follows auto racing and most other sports.
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