Dozens of onlookers gathered at the parking area off Puerto Drive to watch the smoke from the grass fire. That area was later closed off for emergency vehicle access. (Click photo for large image.)
[Updated 8:01 p.m. Thursday] Cal Fire reports that the fire, which had burned almost 1,300 acres, was 90 percent contained.
The fire that burned near Rancho Murieta Wednesday afternoon had consumed about 1,000 acres and was about 40 percent contained at sunset. The fire was burning through open land. Officials reported several hours earlier that no structures had been lost. Read more » Read more » about 1,000-acre fire 'no threat' to Rancho Murieta