Sacto 9-1-1
July 19, 2013
Wind-driven fire halted after threatening rural Sacramento County homes

Metro Jackson fire photo.jpgFire officials are reminding property owners of the importance of providing defensible space around buildings following a wind-driven fire that threatened homes in a rural area of Sacramento County this afternoon.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire district crews were dispatched about 4:30 p.m. to a fast-moving fire in the area of Jackson Highway and Excelsior Road, south of Mather Airport.

Firefighters, including crews from the Sacramento Fire Department, were able to protect several homes in the area, and no injuries were reported.

Fire investigators remained on scene this evening talking with witnesses and examining the scene to determine the cause of the fire. It took 45 firefighters approximately 90 minutes to bring the fire under control as it was driven by strong winds in dry grasses, according a fire district news release.

Fire officials stressed the importance of creating a buffer between buildings on a property and surrounding grass, trees, shrubs or wildland areas. The space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and prevent the home from catching fire, either from direct flame or radiant heat. It also is important for the protection of firefighters defending the home.

Photo courtesy Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

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