Sacramento Fire Department extinguishes 6 grass fires on American River Parkway

Fire officials are mopping up and investigating after extinguishing the bulk of six grass fires that broke out in the lower American River Parkway on Wednesday morning.

Several fire engines responded to the spot fires on the south side of the American River, first reported at 8:13 a.m., the Sacramento Fire Department said in a tweet about 8:45 a.m.

Fire department spokesman Capt. Keith Wade said the “bulk” of the fire activity was extinguished as of 9:45 a.m., with crews staying at the scene to mop up possible hot spots. The largest of the fires was less than one acre, Wade said.

Wade said investigators are also at the scene due to the “suspicious circumstances” of having six separate fires start in the same area in a short time span. Wade said this could be indicate that the fires were either intentionally set as in an arson, or that a fire sparked and spread quickly due to Wednesday morning’s heavy winds in the region.

The fire remained at a single alarm, Wade said.

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