Second parkway fire in 2 days burns 40 acres

Published: Saturday, Jul. 27, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 - 7:10 am

Firefighters on Friday contained a grass fire that burned about 40 acres in the American River Parkway, south of the river – a day after another fire charred 100 acres of parkway land north of the river.

Capt. Chris Quinn of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said the fire was reported about 2 p.m. The first crews arriving spotted what appeared to be two fires, one burning near the El Manto Drive access to the parkway, north of Coloma Road, and the other to the west, near the Rossmoor access.

Additional personnel and resources were requested, including a helicopter and dozers. Quinn said the fires quickly merged into one.

He said the fire was contained in about two hours, burning an area of grass and oak trees with rolling hills and river rock tailings.

No homes were threatened and no one was injured. The cause of the fires has not been determined.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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