South Sac Field Fire Indicative of Ugly Fire Season

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SACRAMENTO-

Sacramento-area fire crews aggressively attacked a fast-moving grass fire Wednesday evening in a large field near the intersection of Excelsior and Elder Creek Roads.

The fire, which started at about 5:45 p.m., grew to 30 acres and threatened one home.

With several fire engines, dozers and a water-dropping helicopter, crews contained the incident within 45 minutes.

“What would be a normally small fire that we’d be able to hold at less than an acre, when you get a north wind, which is going between 20 and 30 miles per hour, it really makes it tough for us,” Metro Fire Assistant Chief Larry Savage said.

Firefighters are asking people to be extremely cautious with anything that might start a fire during a period of red flag danger that is expected to last into Thursday evening.

Red flag fire danger refers to a combination of warm temperatures, low humidity levels and strong winds in which fire can break out easily and spread rapidly.

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