RC Helicopter Sparks 32 Acre Grass Fire

Sacramento County, CA – Around 1:00 PM this afternoon, Metro Fire crews were dispatched to 11000 Florin Road in Sacramento County for a report of a grass fire. Crews en route reported a large column of smoke in the area. First arriving crews found a fast moving grass fire having already burned approximately 5 acres.

Additional resources were requested, requiring a total of 7 engines and 4 water tenders, as well as Metro Fire's helicopter and dozer to contain the fire. With temperatures in the 90s, humidity in the 20s and winds of 8 mph, conditions allowed the fire to spread to 32 acres before crews could contain it. Metro Fire will be on scene for hours extinguishing hot spots due to large stacks of hay bales and multiple bee boxes involved.

No structures were damaged by the fire, and an estimate on value of the hay or bees has yet to be determined. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries caused by the fire. An investigation has determined the fire was caused by a remote control helicopter being flown in the area and crashing into the field. One of the initial reporting parties to the Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communications Center was the operator of the remote controlled helicopter reporting the fire.

With such hot weather and record setting drought conditions, citizens are reminded to have extra caution when performing what is considered a "normal" or "routine" task. Metro Fire reminds home owners to have a defensible space around their property and only operate machinery that has a high fire risk during dry conditions, such as lawn mowers, in the early morning hours. Luckily, this fire was contained quickly and with minimal damage due to quick notification and a quick response by Metro Fire crews.

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