A sanitation worker finishing his route Friday in Citrus Heights suddenly realized he had a problem.
His full load of trash had caught fire.
The quick-thinking driver pulled into a residential court and dumped the flaming trash, reported the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District on Facebook.
Firefighters responded to douse the blaze, then enlisted some children observing the excitement to lend a hand with finishing up.
“We couldn’t have done it without you guys,” firefighters wrote on Facebook.
One of the children described it as “the best day, EVER,” commented a woman on the post, calling it a “fun/crazy experience.”