Crews douse Sacramento landfill blaze

Sacramento fire crews raced to put down a landfill fire during high winds Sunday afternoon.

Towers of flames could be seen from two burning piles of debris in the blaze that broke out at the L&D Landfill in south Sacramento.

More than 20 Sacramento City firefighters brought the fire under control around 5 p.m. Crews remained on scene afterward to prevent hotspots from reigniting.

“Once we got a water supply on the fire, we went offensive with this one,” said Sacramento City Fire spokesman Roberto Padilla. “It was determined that it was in everyone’s interest to extinguish it.”

Padilla said firefighters wanted to attack the landfill fire – rather than containing it and letting it burn itself out – because they were concerned about potentially noxious fumes spreading in the wind.

No houses are located near the landfill, which is set in an industrial area. However, Padilla said authorities were advising people with respiratory ailments to avoid the area or to stay in doors if they lived downwind from the blaze.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday evening.

Call The Bee’s Peter Hecht, (916) 326-5539.