Crews Knock Down One of Many Small Independence Day Grass Fires

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SACRAMENTO -- Homeowners along Natoma Street watched in fear Monday afternoon as flames raced up one side of the levee across from their backyards.

It took crews from six engines to hold the blaze to just four and half acres. Luckily the winds were with firefighters instead of against them, pushing south along Levee Road as opposed to west, which could have carried embers to homes.

"As our firefighters were here on scene ... I noticed as they're fighting fire, there were fireworks flying up in the neighborhood behind us the whole time," said Chris Harvey with the Sacramento Fire Department. "The Fourth of July is a day when we fight a lot of grass fires."

The exact cause has yet to be determined, but there are homeless camps along the creek in that area, and the risks that come along with the holiday may have been a factor as well.

Harvey wants to remind everyone that the legal, "safe and sane" fireworks become illegal to light after 11:59 p.m. Monday.