Sacto 9-1-1
June 13, 2013
Placer County grass fire contained after scorching 237 acres

By Benjamin Mullin
bmullin@sacbee.com

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

The fire burned along PFE Road between Watt Avenue and Walerga Road in Placer County earlier this afternoon. 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 like today, it doesn't take much for a fire to quickly grow," Berlant said.

Even though it's still spring, Cal Fire is seeing dry, dangerous conditions that they 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.

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