CAL FIRE says the call came in as a vegetation fire, and was about five acres. The fire grew, and burned at least one outbuilding. There were no homes damaged.
The fire was near Luneman Road and Pimlico Lane.
Firefighters had to evacuate residents, however.
“She ran up the stairs and said, ‘Mom, there’s a fire,’” said Trish McMahon.
“So I just grabbed my dogs and left and I didn’t want to see how fast – if it was going to come down that hill or not,” said Linda Taylor.
The fire raced up and down bone dry hillsides quickly, scorching 14 acres in its path.
“I looked out my kitchen window, which faces up here and saw yellow. I thought it was clouds, I thought that was weird, because they were yellow, and then I started seeing flames and smoke,” Taylor said.
Within 30 seconds, McMahon said, the fire reached her property, forcing firefighters to evacuate the area. The fire managed to reduce a shed to a smoldering and smoking flaming pile of wood.
But, this neighborhood in rural Placerville was prepared for what looks to be a long fire season.
“All the homes in this area we’ve done fire inspections on and they did have the proper defensible space,” said Captain Dusty Martin of CAL Fire.