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Suspicious grass fires in Vineyard area under investigation

Two fires, driven by gusting wind, have been contained after burning a total of 7 acres off Bradshaw Road in Sacramento County’s Vineyard area.

Capt. Michelle Eidam, spokeswoman for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, said the first fire was reported shortly before 4 p.m. on the west side of Bradshaw Road near Vintage Park Drive. Crews arrived to find about 4 acres burning. The fire was driven by 30 mph wind gusts, creating 20-foot-high flames, she said.

That fire was contained with about 5 acres burned, but a second fire started on the east side of Bradshaw. Eidam said it is not known whether the second fire was as separate fire or a spot fire from the first fire.

Six engines, a bulldozer and the department’s helicopter were able to contain the fires within about 30 minutes. The second fire burned about 2 acres.

No homes were threatened.

Eidam said the fires are considered suspicious, and was investigator is en route to the scene.

Within about 90 minutes before the first fire was reported, five small fires had been reported in roadway medians in the area, she said.

Eidam urged residents to use caution, noting that with winds picking up, the fire danger is high.