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Fire crews started a blaze near Mather to reduce fire fuel. It grew larger than intended

See 50-acre brush fire in Rancho Cordova

Firefighters battled a large brush fire near Mather Airport in south Rancho Cordova on Aug. 7, 2019, according to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.
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Firefighters battled a large brush fire near Mather Airport in south Rancho Cordova on Aug. 7, 2019, according to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

A large brush fire near Mather Airport in south Rancho Cordova was ignited Wednesday morning as part of a plan to reduce fire fuel in the area, according to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. However, it grew bigger than intended.

The blaze was supposed to burn 50 acres, said Capt. Brian Gonsalves, a Metro Fire spokesman. But it charred 67 acres before firefighters were able to contain it.

After blazing through the prescribed 50 acres by 2 p.m., the fire spread to a contingency area that was allocated specifically for this purpose, Gonsalves said. He called it a “backup plan” of sorts.

Forward progress was stopped around 2:30 p.m., Gonsalves said.

The fire was completely extinguished as of 8:15 p.m, according to Capt. Chris Vestal, another Metro Fire spokesman. But crews were still patrolling the area due to favorable fire conditions.

No evacuations were issued and no structures were reported damaged, Vestal said.

Molly Sullivan covers crime, breaking news and police accountability for The Bee. She grew up in Northern California and is an alumna of Chico State.
Meghan Bobrowsky, from Scripps College, is a local news reporter for The Sacramento Bee, focusing on breaking news and school funding. She grew up in nearby Davis.
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