Amid hot temperatures, Sacramento Fire Department crews try to extinguish a fire on the American River Parkway. Additional resources and rehab units are en route to the scene, the department reports. Sacramento Fire Department
Amid hot temperatures, Sacramento Fire Department crews try to extinguish a fire on the American River Parkway. Additional resources and rehab units are en route to the scene, the department reports. Sacramento Fire Department

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It’s summer, and the American River Parkway is burning again

By Cathy Locke and Molly Sullivan

clocke@sacbee.com

June 22, 2017 02:07 PM

UPDATED October 17, 2017 11:59 AM

A grass fire burned an estimated 7 acres of the American River Parkway on Thursday afternoon in the North Sacramento area.

A Fire Department Twitter post shortly before 2 p.m. described the fire burning brush near the parkway’s 4-mile marker on the north side of the American River, south of the Woodlake neighborhood.

The cause of the fire, which burned down to the river, has not been determined. Crews were still on scene as of 5 p.m., mopping up and cutting up fallen trees.

A Fire Department spokesman said firefighters were rotated in and out of the area because they were overheating with outdoor temperatures in the triple digits.

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Fire Department officials have expressed concern that this year could be a bad one for fires along the American River Parkway, where accidental and arson blazes regularly consume acres of grasslands and trees in the summer. The heavy winter rains fed plenty of vegetation that could turn into fuel for flames. There are also a large number of dead and downed trees.

In September, a fire burned 173 acres and prompted the evacuation of Cal Expo, not far from the spot that burned on Thursday. Fire investigators determined that it was caused by “human activity.”

Crews battle grass fire on American River Parkway

Sacramento Fire Department crews are fighting a grass fire on the American River Parkway, south of the Woodlake neighborhood.

Sacramento Fire Department

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy