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173-Acre American River Parkway Grass Fire Caused By Unknown Human Activity

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Vu Chau | Capital Public Radio

The multiple-alarm vegetation fire in the American River Parkway near Cal Expo Thursday burned 173 acres of land. The blaze started at 1:13 p.m., prompted neighborhood evacuations and required 30 engines and 130 firefighters on the scene, according to a press release from the Sacramento Fire Department.

Fire investigators has ruled human activity as the cause of the blaze, although no arrests have been made.

Neighborhoods around Arden Way were evacuated as the fire spread eastward. Due to the high flames and heat, overhead power lines also began curving, which forced SMUD to bring down their energy level. Davis and West Sacramento residents also reported power surges and power loss during the fire.

A Sacramento firefighter was injured while battling the blaze and suffered from smoke inhalation. He was released from the hospital Thursday night and is now recovering at home.

Metro Fire, Cosumnes Fire, and West Sacramento Fire worked through the night and into Friday morning to put out hot spots and clean up the area.

Crews will continue to mop up burned areas on the west side of Business 80, north side of Cal Expo, south of the American River bike trail and the 45-acre site near Ethan Way.