A wind-driven 25-acre grass fire came dangerously close to homes in Elk Grove Tuesday afternoon, damaging the roof of one on Blue Falls Court and forcing evacuations.
The flames broke out at about 1:30 p.m. in a field near the intersection of Bond and Waterman roads and were pushed by gusty winds toward the cul-de-sacs branching off Sierra River Drive.
"Recognizing the wind conditions we had today, our first in battalion chief immediately requested a second alarm of resources," explained Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin of the Cosumnes Fire Department.
About 75 firefighters from multiple agencies attacked the flames
"They did a wonderful job," said evacuated neighbor, Kulbir Singh. "Otherwise all the houses would have been gone."
The fire was declared knocked down about an hour after it started.
McLaughlin estimated one dozen homes were saved by the efforts of the firefighters.
The roof damage to the home at the foot of Blue Falls Court occurred when a fence and eucalyptus tree alongside the home caught fire.
Damage to the home is estimated to be $20,000 to $25,000, according to the Cosumnes Fire Department.
Some fences and a car also burned in the fast-moving fire.
No injuries were reported, and evacuation orders were lifted about two hours after the fire started.
Investigators determined the cause of the incident to be electrical wires arching in the wind.
In addition to the Cosumnes Fire Department, crews from Sacramento Fire, Metro Fire and Wilton Fire assisted.
The Elk Grove Police Department provided support with traffic control, road closures and evacuations.