Motorists on the Capital City Freeway, Highway 160 or residents of the Woodlake neighborhood might see some smoke this week as firefighters burn high grass in a controlled manner to lessen the danger of wildfires later this summer.
Sacramento Fire Department crews rescued multiple cats and birds from a house fire Saturday on Norbert Way in South Natomas. Two adults were evacuated safely. There were no injuries reported, and cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Crews are contending with another day of oppressive heat as they try to beat back a 1,200-acre wildfire in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. The blaze near Big Bear Lake was only 10 percent contained Wednesday morning (June 21, 2017) and some 500 firefighters are on the line, aided by a fleet of water- and fire retardant-dropping aircraft. Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday afternoon for three rural streets near Baldwin Lake. Two firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries after the blaze erupted Monday. The fire is burning in tinder-dry brush and it gained strength as temperatures soared to near 90.
A Sacramento Fire Department firefighter was hurt while he and others knocked down a fire that badly damaged a home on Logan Street near Elder Creek Road in south Sacramento early Tuesday, June 13, 2017..
A car caught fire and burned on eastbound Business 80 at about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Sacramento. The blaze caused traffic disruptions as fire personnel fought the blaze and held autos in check.
Mojo the golden retriever survived a Sacramento house fire after suffering from smoke inhalation. His owners have moved into a new space where they can't keep a dog, so Mojo is at the Homeward Bound rehabilitation center looking for a new family.
The wet winter provided plenty of rain for grass to grow tall in fields and along parkways. Now the high grass is turning brown and firefighters are responding to extinguish the blazes before they reach structures. Sacramento Fire Department firefighters on Tuesday put out a grass fire along railroad tracks in the 3500 block of Florin Road. A helmet cam captured images of firefighters laying hose, spraying water and tending to hot spots.