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Browning Fire Burning In North Sacramento County, MetroFire Blames Arson

Sac Metro Fire / Courtesy

Sac Metro Fire / Courtesy

Updated 5:07 p.m.

All the evacations have been lifted, tweeted Sacramento Metropolitan Fire DepartmentAs of now, one home, six cars, and one tractor were destroyed. Some livestock are still threatened, but being protected by firefighters.

Updated 4:04 p.m. 

The Browning Fire has grown to 430 acres at 25 percent containment. The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department officially classified the incident as arson. One person is in custody.

Original Story: The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department is fighting a 150-acre grassland fire in north Sacramento County.

Sac Metro Fire Captain Brian Gonsalves says the Browning Fire has damaged several structures.

"It's relatively flat out here in the Rio Linda, Elverta area going towards Placer County. It's flat, dry land (with) light, flashy fuels that allowed the fire to spread very rapidly with dramatic wind changes."

There are about three dozen fire trucks on the fire -including at least two dozen engines.

Cal Fire Helicopters and airplanes are fighting the fire from the air.

The Sacramento City Fire Department has also responded.

Evacuation orders are in place for parts of Locust, El Verano, El Modena, Artesia, and Antelope south of Elverta.

Sac Metro Fire says Rio Linda High and Elverta Elementary is now open for evacuees.

The Red Cross says it will open an evacuation center open at Alpha Technology Middle School.

The Placer County Fairgrounds is taking evacuated animals. 


- Capital Public Radio Staff