Fires

July 3, 2014

Fire crews contain fast-moving parkway blaze along the American River Parkway

The Sacramento Fire Department responded to a five-acre fire along the American River Parkway around 2 a.m. Thursday.

The Sacramento Fire Department responded to a five-acre fire along the American River Parkway around 2 a.m. Thursday.

Public information officer firefighter Roberto Padilla said the fire, along mile marker five of the parkway near Cal Expo and Bushy Lake, spread quickly due to relatively high wind speeds and thick vegetation. Though fast-moving, the two-alarm fire threatened no structures.

Padilla said fires like the one this morning are not unusual along the parkway. Transient people living in camps along the river often set cooking fires that sometimes spread unintentionally, he said. No cause has been determined for the fire.

Fire crews will be monitoring the area throughout the day Thursday. Padilla said anyone who witnesses smoke or small blazes along the parkway should call to report it.

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