Fire Blazes Along American River Parkway, Arson Suspected

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For the third time in as many days, a grass fire has ripped through the El Manto access to the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova.

Police believe these fires are the result of arson.

“There may be someone in the bushes watching us right now. It puts my men at risk when I have to send them into a field with a heavy fuel load,” said Sacramento Metro Fire Battalion Chief Charles Jenkins.

Police detained one man who matched witness descriptions of a suspect seen leaving the blaze Saturday. But when they were shown the man who was detained, those witnesses told police he wasn’t the same person, so he was released.

The largest of the three fires came Friday, when about 40 acres were scorched.

Arson investigators say that when a fire starts in the middle of an empty field with no power lines over head or under ground, it’s cause to be suspicious.

Sacramento Metro fire fighters set extensive back burns in the area Saturday night, to get rid of the heavy fuel load- dry grass and brush that could fuel a major incident.

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