There was smoke high in the sky, and truck after truck on the scene as fire attacked some of the dry brush between Sutter’s Landing Park and homes in Sacramento’s McKinley neighborhood Tuesday.
“I started hosing off my yard, looked around to see what I just needed to take care of. You just kind of alert your neighbors this is what’s going on,” said homeowner Wendy Alfonso.
“We were just talking about wildfires in the area and then I walked outside as saw you guys and smelled smoke,” said Matt Jeffrey, who was visiting his brother on Fern street.
“A couple of years ago we had a pretty good fire around the same area. Large embers flew into the yard. It’s a scary situation,” said Alfonso.
Avoiding a repeat of all that was a top concern for Sacramento City crews in Tuesday’s evening’s fire. It was the main reason the acre-size blaze went to two alarms, with fourteen apparatus’ on site so quickly.
“Just on the other side of the fire is a huge residential area. It’s an older neighborhood, some shake roofs in there. The fire was throwing up some large embers … Big priority to hit it hard and fast,” said Sacramento City Fire Battalion Chief Jim Edmiston.
Another concern for crews? The flames that charred this ground once reached 40 feet high – threatening to melt through power lines.
Within an hour the threats were douced and homeowners were no longer on edge.
“I’m so pleased with Sac City. They get on it really fast,” said Alfonso.
The exact cause of Tuesday’s fire has not yet been identified, but investigators say it may have started in a homeless camp.