Dry, gusting winds helped spread a fire that was started by someone using a law mower — something that fire fighters discourage when the fire danger is high.
Two dozen pieces of fire equipment from three counties responded to the fire, which started around noon a few miles southwest of Esparto.
The fire settled into a creek canyon where large flare-ups required multiple water drops from two Cal Fire helicopters. A bulldozer was used to cut a firebreak around the canyon, but the dry leaves on oak trees in the area caused the fire to spot into dry grass.
There were a number of ranch homes nearby, but none had to be evacuated after firefighters got the upper hand at around 3 p.m. But firefighters will stand by overnight to make sure the winds don’t reignite the fire.