Arson fire is contained |

Arson fire is contained

An arson-caused fire that burned about 50 acres of steep terrain near Weimar remains under investigation, but firefighters declared it contained Tuesday.

No buildings were lost in the fire, which started Sunday night north of the north fork of the American River, about one mile southeast of Weimar in Placer County. Flames encroached on three buildings atop a river canyon before firefighters stopped them.

“This is one of those canyon fires where it’s going to burn to the top, and the goal is getting down the sides to put a wrap on it,” Division Chief Loren Snell of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

It started from two ignition points, and more than 400 firefighters ended up responding as some of the smoke settled over western Nevada County.

Originally estimated at 80 acres, that figure shrunk after a flyover survey using a global positioning system.

“When you have a fire burning on the side of a cliff, it’s really, really hard to estimate that acreage,” Snell said.

Snell said he hadn’t learned of any updates of the investigation and the lead investigator was not working Tuesday.

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