UPDATE: A grass fire at Folsom Boulevard and Highway 50 in Folsom this afternoon has disrupted light-rail service, but Regional Transit officials say they expect service to be restored in time for the Wednesday morning commute.
The fire and a problem with an overhead wire has disrupted service on the light rail's Gold Line between the Sunrise and Historic Folsom stations. RT spokeswoman Alane Masui said this evening that shuttle buses will continue to transport passengers to and from the two stations those in between this evening. Riders are asked to walk to a nearby bus stop. Service on the Gold Line ends at 7 p.m.
The fire was started when an insulator on the light rail track blew, said Michelle Eidam, spokesperson for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.
It burned more than six acres before it was contained by firefighters from Sacramento Metro, Aerojet and the Folsom Fire Department just before 3 p.m. About 50 firefighters battled the blaze for about an hour before controlling it. The crews used bulldozers, fire engines and a helicopter to tame the flames.
The fire near the Folsom Boulevard off-ramp, south of Highway 50, has not disrupted traffic on the highway, Eidam said.
Bee photo by Randall Benton: Regional Transit authorities work to repair a downed power line that sparked a grass fire near US 50 and Folsom Blvd in Folsom on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. A high voltage line fell onto the RT track just south of US 50 and started a grass fire. According to an RT spokesperson, no trains were present at the time and no one was injured.