Firefighters respond to brush fire behind Cal Expo near American River Parkway

A grass fire burning behind Cal Expo on the American River Parkway reached two alarms before being put out Saturday, according to the Sacramento Fire Department.

The fire was thick, and in heavy vegetation, which was difficult to access, according to Capt. Keith Wade, a spokesperson with the Sacramento Fire Department. A homeless in the area was evacuated from the area while officers set up containment lines. Twenty-two fire units and 50 personnel were on the scene, according to the fire department. The Sacramento Fire Department received mutual aid from West Sac Fire, Sac Metro Fire, and Sacramento County Park Rangers.

Fire officials estimated that the size of the fire was less than 2 acres.

“The flames were high, and due to the heat index and it being later in the summer, everything is dried out now,” said Wade.

Wade said officials are investigating the cause, which is still unknown at this time.

Mack Ervin III covers breaking news and high school sports for The Bee. A journalism student at Sacramento State, he follows auto racing and most other sports.