Winds drove Placer wildfire |

Winds drove Placer wildfire

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

“We also lost multiple outbuildings,” said Division Chief Frank Quadro this morning at the Calfire office in Auburn. The fire was in typical 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 4 1/2 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.

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