Fire scorches 56 acres, no homes

Officials nix initial evacuation notice
By: Lien Hoang
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A fire that prompted an evacuation notice that later was rescinded consumed 56 acres of dry grass Monday. The fire started before 4 p.m. on both sides of Walerga Road, south of Baseline Road, according to Cal Fire. Roughly 100 firefighters stopped the spread by 5 p.m. and stamped out the flames by 8 a.m. Tuesday. The only damage reported were a few burned fences. Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Tuesday the cause of the fire was still under investigation, but heavy wind made for a high fire danger level with other fires in Lincoln and areas from Yuba City to Solano County. “It was fanned by a very dusty north wind,” Berlant said of the Roseville fire. “These north winds, because they dry things out, just push the fire in their direction.” The blaze shut down parts of Walerga and Baseline roads, funneling traffic onto Pfe Road, where cars waited in a two-mile gridlock. The Placer County Sheriff’s Dept. issued and later retracted a call for West Roseville residents to evacuate. Some left their homes and were told to wait at St. Claire’s Catholic Church on Baseline Road. Cal Fire worked with Placer County Fire to stamp out the flames and received assistance from Roseville and Sacramento firefighters. Lien Hoang can be reached at