A fence was destroyed and a backyard was charred Friday afternoon in Fair Oaks, but firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to a home.
Sparked by a cigarette, Metro Fire tells FOX40 a witnesses spotted a fire igniting in a backyard off of Winding Way.
Firefighters say the fire was up against the home within a minute of it starting.
But crews arrived just in time to put it out before it burned the home. The fire managed to work its way through neighboring fences. There were no injuries reported.
The cause is under investigation.
Ian McDonald contributed to this report.