Grass fire at Effie Yeaw Nature Center caused by mowing, fire officials say

Firefighters extinguished a small vegetation fire Wednesday at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael, but required a helicopter water drop to fight the blaze, authorities said.

The fire sparked about 10:32 a.m., and forward progress was halted before the fire reached an acre, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Capt. Chris Vestal said.

Metro Fire has confirmed that the fire was started by a mower, Vestal said.

“The helicopter’s a normal response on our vegetation fires,” he said.

The fire had been completely extinguished as of 11:15 a.m., according to Vestal.

Vestal said another vegetation fire started by mowing earlier this week also sparked about 10:30 a.m., and he advised people to mow lawns before 9 a.m., preferably in the shade. Fire risk is high when mowing amid temperatures above 90 degrees, he said.

“Our grasses are very dry,” Metro Fire tweeted.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.