Parkway grass fire fought on hot day
A grass fire burned an estimated 7 acres of the American River Parkway on Thursday afternoon in the North Sacramento area.
A Fire Department Twitter post shortly before 2 p.m. described the fire burning brush near the parkway’s 4-mile marker on the north side of the American River, south of the Woodlake neighborhood.
The cause of the fire, which burned down to the river, has not been determined. Crews were still on scene as of 5 p.m., mopping up and cutting up fallen trees.
A Fire Department spokesman said firefighters were rotated in and out of the area because they were overheating with outdoor temperatures in the triple digits.
Fire Department officials have expressed concern that this year could be a bad one for fires along the American River Parkway, where accidental and arson blazes regularly consume acres of grasslands and trees in the summer. The heavy winter rains fed plenty of vegetation that could turn into fuel for flames. There are also a large number of dead and downed trees.
In September, a fire burned 173 acres and prompted the evacuation of Cal Expo, not far from the spot that burned on Thursday. Fire investigators determined that it was caused by “human activity.”