Wildfire threatened homes in Rancho Cordova next to Hwy. 50. Residents fought blaze with hoses

A vegetation fire next to Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova jumped a freeway sound wall Sunday and threatened residences on the south side of the highway near Countryside Way.

Multiple 911 callers reporting a grass fire along US 50 between Bradshaw and Mather Field around 3:15 p.m. Officials said residents in the area fought fence fires in their backyards, a few hundred yards west of Mather Field Road.

“There’s a lot of smoke in the area,” said Lannie Rhea with the Sacramento Gun Club . It’s right off of 50 and Mather Field Road. Right now we are planning on staying put unless the smoke fills up our ranges and then we’ll have to shut down.”

Crews responded and the fire was extinguished without any damage to residences.

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Tony Bizjak has been reporting for The Bee for 30 years. He covers transportation, housing and development and previously was the paper’s City Hall beat reporter.