Crews battle brush fire near Placerville |

Crews battle brush fire near Placerville

A brush fire 10 miles west of Placerville that was sparked early Monday night and whipped by erratic winds should be contained today, fire officials said.

As of press time, the fire – located at Feldspar Lane on the West Slope – was 40 percent contained, said Suzanne Todd of the Camino Emergency Command Center.

At about 8 p.m. Monday, the fire had burned 30 acres in an area with dense brush and oak trees. Wind gusts of up to 25 mph reportedly caused the fire to spread before there was a significant air and ground attack, Todd said. Responding to the fire were 18 engines, six crews, two dozers, one air tanker, one air-attack unit, two helicopters and three water tenders.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.