FIRE WATCH: Clay Fire, Wilton

Just before 5:30 p.m., there were reports of a vegetation fire along Clay Station Rd, northeast of Wilton.

The fire was reported as 60 acres but growing out of control. It was quickly upgraded to a 2nd and then 3rd alarm fire, with a full response from CAL FIRE. Several agencies responded including Wilton Fire, Cosumnes Fire, and Sac Metro were also on scene.

Named the Clay Fire, it grew east, paralleling Highway 16, and away from Clay Station Rd. There were no structures immediately threatened, with just grass and brush mostly burning.

Smoke was visible for miles as it continued to spread. There were no road closures as a result, as the fire was burning in an open area with little access.

As of 7 p.m., forward progress was stopped when the fire ran into a dry creek bed, and was mapped at about 700 acres and 10% containment.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

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