Fair Oaks Bluffs Fire Ruled Arson

Fair Oaks, CA - A large column of smoke could be seen for miles last night as a grass fire, driven by wind, quickly moved along the American River Parkway toward homes on Bluff Lane.

Finding a well-established fire with multiple homes threatened, responding crews quickly requested additional units. The ten engines on scene aggressively fought fire from the ground, in dry fuels and extremely steep terrain. Aided by water drops from the California Air National Guard and air-to-ground communication from Sacramento Sheriff’s Star, they were able to halt the forward progress of the fire before homes were significantly damaged. The fire burned up the slope, right to the edge of the defensible space behind the homes. With no additional fuel to burn, the fire could no longer advance toward the homes and the people inside. By the time the fire was contained, two homes had been evacuated and 10-15 acres had burned. One home was reported to have damage to the decking, but no structural damage was found. No civilians were injured, though two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Arson investigators were on scene throughout the evening and morning. Today they determined the fire was arson, intentionally set in three different locations. Anyone with information, photos, or video from the early stages of the fire is asked to call the Metro Fire Anonymous Tipline at (916) 859-3775.

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