Arson cause of wildfire |

Arson cause of wildfire

Arson was blamed Monday for an 80-acre wildland fire that started between Weimar and the north fork of the American River in Placer County.

The fire was started in two spots – on Ponderosa Way in the river canyon and on Eagle Ridge Road – said Patrick Witz, volunteer spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Witz didn’t know how the fire was started or if investigators have suspects.

First reported at 11:06 p.m. Sunday, the fire chewed up oak woodlands perched on 90 percent slopes. The fire started about one mile south east of Weimar and seven miles west of Foresthill.

It was 80 percent contained by Monday afternoon, when more than 400 firefighters were on the scene. The resources included two air tankers, three helicopters and 16 engines.

There were no evacuations, injuries or lost buildings.

But there were road closures on Ponderosa Way, which leads to the Auburn State Recreation Area, and on Eagle Ridge Road.

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