Sacramento City Fire Department spokesman Reberto Padilla told reporters Friday afternoon that the massive fire near Cal Expo had aggressive, wildland-like behavior.
By 4:20 p.m., the fire crews from several agencies had brought the flames mostly under control. The bulk of the fight after that was extinguishing the rest and preventing flare-ups.
“This was not a grass fire,” Padilla said. “This was a wildland fire in an urban setting.”
Padilla also described the fire as “explosive,” and that flames reached hundreds of feet in the air.
Investigators did not immediately know a cause for the fire, but say that cyclists and transients frequent the area.
Cal Expo, Bonney Field and Raging Waters water park were evacuated as a precaution, but Cal Expo officials say this was because of heavy smoke in the air.
Visitors at Raging Waters told FOX40 that they had to leave through a smaller gate with turnstiles, rather than the large main gate.
Ash from the fire apparently ‘rained’ down as far away as Antelope.
Padilla estimated the fire burned anywhere between 50 and 100 acres.