About 114 acres were charred Wednesday after two grass fires burned within miles of each other in South Sacramento County.
The first broke out about 11 a.m. near Calvine Road. Flames were sparked by a lawnmower.
The second started about 4 p.m. near Chester Drive.
Each fire burned about 57 acres.
More than 25 homes were threatened in the first fire.
It was a startling day for neighbors.
“Many trees that were just in flames.. so sad,” said Jan Hayes.
Before firefighters arrived, neighbors tried to help out.
“We just were watering and then it spread, the wind came and it came right up to me so I was watering until they got here,” Hayes said.
Firefighters from Metro fire and Consumnes Fire departments attacked the fire from the ground and the air.
They faced a number of challenges. First: getting to the private property behind homes. Then working against dry windy conditions.
Even the firefighters took time to hydrate.
But they didn’t rest for long. The second fire was sparked a few hours later, on a field near Chester Drive.
Firefighters say the second grass fire was likely an extension of the first fire.