Crime - Sacto 911

West Sacramento fire causes haze over area

Firefighters combated a backyard fire in West Sacramento this afternoon that ignited the awning of a neighbor’s house and spread to nearby field before it was contained.

A call came into emergency dispatchers at 4 p.m. about a backyard fire in the 1500 block of Hobson Ave., near Yolo and Sacramento avenues. The fire’s origins are unknown.

The “overgrown nature” of the backyard contributed to its spread, said battalion chief Scot Pfeifer.

Once ignited, winds carried the fire to a neighboring residence, where it burned a patio awning. It then ignited a field across the street.

The fire burned less than a quarter of an acre but caused a great deal of smoke, which can be seen and smelled throughout West Sacramento and much of Sacramento.

“The wind conditions dramatically led to its spread,” Pfeifer said.

The West Sacramento Fire Department dispatched about 20 fighters to the scene, who put out the blaze in about 20 minutes. PG&E crews also were called to the scene.