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    A Sacramento firefighter watches over a fire as it burns along the bike trail near mile three on the north side of the American River near Commerce Circle on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. No structures were damaged.

  • Brian Nguyen / bnguyen@sacbee.com

    Fire fighters battle a grass fire at Commercial Circle on July 25, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.

  • Brian Nguyen / bnguyen@sacbee.com

    Fire fighters battle a grass fire at Commercial Circle on July 25, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.

  • Randall Benton / RBenton@sacbee.com

    Sacramento Fire crews battle a wildfire burning on the north side of the American River east of the Highway 160 bridge in Sacramento on Thursday, July 25, 2013.

  • Benjamin Mullin / bmullin@sacbee.com

    Sacramento Fire Department Asst. Chief Scott Williams shows Asst. Chief Chris Holbrook where in the American River Parkway the fire is burning.

  • Tim Reese / treese@sacbee.com

    A grass fire burns north of downtown Sacramento Thursday evening, July 25, 2013.

  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    Smoke billows along the levee from a grass fire near Commerce Blvd. in Sacramento on Thursday evening, July 25, 2013.

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UPDATE: Fire along American River Parkway contained

Published: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 - 5:05 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 - 10:50 pm

A large grass fire blazed along the American River Parkway north of downtown Thursday but caused no injuries and threatened no homes.

As of 9 p.m., firefighters from agencies throughout the Sacramento area had the 100-acre fire fully contained.

They stopped the forward progress of the fire, and expected to mop up troublesome hot spots into this morning.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Sacramento Fire Department received multiple calls about 4 p.m. that a fire was burning north of the American River, said Assistant Chief Scott Williams.

By 5 p.m., a thick plume of dark smoke hung in the air above North Sacramento and was visible from Cal Expo, where the California State Fair is being held.

Winds never blew the smoke directly over Cal Expo, and fair activities weren't interrupted, said Michelle Prater, a State Fair spokeswoman.

Judy Hack, a resident of North Sacramento Mobile Home Park about a half-mile from the American River Parkway, came out of her house about 4:30 p.m. when she heard news of the fire.

"Suddenly the entire sky filled up with a big dark cloud," Hack said.

Her neighbors were busy dousing their roofs with water, and some left the park, Hack said.

Ash fell throughout the neighborhood, but the park was never threatened and residents were not told to evacuate, she said.

At a command post near the American River Parkway Access on Northgate Boulevard, 20 or more engines from the Sacramento area were mobilized to battle the fire.

The area, which is choked with brush, dry grass and weeds, is a tinderbox during dry summer months, Williams said.

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