Sacto 9-1-1
July 28, 2013
Rancho Cordova grass fires suspicious, fire officials say

An arsonist may be to blame for a string of grass fires that burned a combined 46 acres along the American River in Rancho Cordova, a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department spokeswoman said today.

Investigators have determined that the fires, which burned near one another on different days, were not started by natural causes, such as lightning or sparks from machines, said Capt. Michelle Eidam, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department. Because of this, they think one or multiple arsonists may have started the fires, she said.

"There's somebody in that area we want to catch," Eidam said.

The fires occurred over the space of three days last week near El Manto Drive in the American River Parkway.

Wednesday at 11 a.m.: Firefighters fought and extinguished a three-acre fire.

Friday at 2 p.m.: Two fires merged to form a 40-acre blaze.

Saturday at 9 p.m.: Fire crews battled a three-acre fire.

So far, no houses or people have been threatened by the blazes, Eidam said.

"Before anyone else gets injured, let's find them and stop them," Eidam said.

To report a tip in this case, call the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department's at (916)859-3775.

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