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Update: Grass fires contained in Sacramento, El Dorado counties

Three fires, one in Citrus Heights, another near Cal Expo and one in El Dorado County, were contained Friday afternoon.

▪ Brice Bennett, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said a fire off Flying C Road in the Cameron Park-Shingle Springs area started about 2:30 p.m. and threatened homes in the area. Firefighters were able to contain it at 4 acres, before any homes were damaged, but Bennett said one person, who was not a firefighter, suffered injuries.

Cause of the fire has not been determined.

▪ The Sacramento Fire Department responded about 3 p.m. to a fire in the area of Ethan Way and Interstate 80. Because of the amount of smoke showing and the hot weather, a second alarm was issued then canceled, said Fire Department spokesman Roberto Padilla. He said firefighters were able to contain the blaze within about 15 minutes after arriving at the scene.

But when two fire trucks experienced mechanical problems, the fire flared up again. Padilla said crews at the scene of a smaller fire just to the west responded to help regain control of the larger fire, containing it within about 90 minutes. City firefighters were aided by a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District helicopter.

Padilla said the fire occurred near an area where fire crews conducted controlled burns in recent weeks and the reduction of fuels likely helped keep the fire from spreading.

Cause of the fire has not been determined.

▪ An outbuilding was damaged by a grass fire that also threatened 10 homes in Citrus Heights.

Fire officials say the cause was a spark from a mower.

The fire was reported shortly before 2 p.m. in the area of Sunrise Boulevard and Twin Oaks Avenue, just south of the Sacramento-Placer county line.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District reported that as crews worked to get a line around the fire, other firefighters worked to protect homes threatened to the south on Wonder Lane.

The fire was reported contained with 1 acre burned. Fire officials remind residents that mowing should be done in the cooler, early hours of the day.

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