Sacto 9-1-1
July 24, 2013
Fire officials: Defensible space protected homes from parkway fire

Fire officials say good defensible space helped prevent a fire on the American River Parkway from spreading to homes this morning.

Capt. Chris Quinn of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said that fire was one of two fast-moving grass fires crews responded to within hours of each other.

At 11:36 a.m., they were called to the American River Parkway off El Manto Drive in Rancho Cordova where a grass fire was burning near homes. He said homeowners had provided the recommended 30 feet of defensible space around residences, allowing firefighters to prevent damage to structures.

The fire was contained to about 3 acres of parkway land.

At 2:17 p.m., crews responded to a grass fire at Kiefer Boulevard and Grant Line Road, near the Kiefer Landfill.

"The grass was tinder dry, about like gasoline," Quinn said, describing the rapid spread of the fire.

He said 50 to 60 firefighters tackled the blaze with equipment including a bulldozer and helicopter. The fire was contained after burning 36 acres. No structures or equipment were damaged.

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