Wind whipped Placer fire erratically |

Wind whipped Placer fire erratically

The 900-acre Gladding Fire in northern Placer County was fully contained at midnight Wednesday, but not before burning down three homes in an erratic burn fueled by winds.

“We also lost multiple outbuildings,” Division Chief Frank Quadro said at the Calfire office in Auburn. The fire was in typical Sierra foothill grass and oaks in an area full of small livestock farms northeast of Lincoln.

“It ran through everything,” Quadro said, sustained by 20 to 25 mph winds Monday and Tuesday. “It jumped all over the place, it just kept moving and spotting.”

The blaze was “a very interesting-looking fire,” about 41Ú2 miles long and anywhere from one foot to 1,000 feet wide, Quadro said. No one was injured, but a swarm of bees did sting several firefighters during the blaze.

The blaze, which started at the corner of Gladding Road and Merritt Lane, remains under investigation. Area fire officials this week said the wind-whipped blaze proves that the fire season is not over and won’t be until fall rains come.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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