SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Multiple fire agencies remain at the scene of a 14-acre fire near Discovery Park, the Sacramento Fire Department said. The fire is currently 90% contained.
Fire Cpt. Keith Wade of the Sacramento Fire Department said fire season is starting earlier and earlier.
“If you’re doing any sort of activity that can start a fire, we’re in red flag conditions up until tomorrow,” he warned. “We’re in fire season already in May … we’re ripe to burn.”
He added that the city of Sacramento had multiple fires Sunday and asked residents, including those in the city, to be ready in case of an emergency.
Sac Fire told FOX40 that the fire was reported around 11:15 p.m. Sunday on Garden Highway on the north side of the American River. Crews from Sac Fire, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and West Sacramento Fire Department responded to the area.
It’s estimated to be 14 acres by responding crews, tripling from five acres overnight. Winds totaling 15 miles per hour may have helped fuel the flames, Wade explained.
Sac Fire said the the area contained dense vegetation and hard to access, with the crew bringing in a bulldozer to cut a containment line.
Wade said the area burns almost every year, though the cause of this fire is currently unknown.
Additional fire crews were staged on the levee opposite Discovery Park because the north wind was blowing embers across the river.
Overnight, 15 mph winds may have helped fuel the flames. Winds are still a concern this morning with hot spots still glowing and a red flag warning in effect.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.