Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department (Cosumnes Fire) crews were dispatched at 2:51 p.m. on Monday, May 3, after a call was received by the Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communications Center (SRFECC) reporting a landscape bark fire near a business at the corner of Sheldon Road and East Stockton Boulevard in Elk Grove. The fire crew arrived on-scene in less than four minutes and quickly extinguished the small bark fire. Within minutes of their arrival, multiple calls were received by SRFECC reporting an additional grass fire nearby.
Due to red flag warning conditions, additional units were dispatched to the second fire to protect nearby residential structures and stop the forward progress of the fire. Tall weeds, high winds, and low humidity contributed to a rapid expansion of the grass fire. The fire was confined to 16 acres and there were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters. No structures were damaged due to the quick response of multiple fire crews.
The cause of the fire is being jointly investigated by Cosumnes Fire and the Elk Grove Police Department (EGPD). Witnesses near the fire reported a suspicious person to public safety personnel at the scene. The person was detained and subsequently arrested by EGPD officers.
May 1 kicked off “Wildfire Preparedness Week,” and Cosumnes Fire officials urge caution as we enter the 2021 fire season.
“Elk Grove and Galt area residents and business owners should prepare their properties for a hot and dry fire season. Eliminating vulnerabilities around your property will make all the difference,” said Cosumnes CSD Fire Marshal Lantz Rey.
Here are some ways you can prepare your property before a wildfire threat:
- Create a fire-resistant zone that is free of leaves, debris or flammable materials for at least 30 feet from your home.
- Keep lawns mowed. Dry grass and shrubs are easily ignited by wildfire.
- Use fire-resistant materials to build, renovate or make repairs.
- Find an outdoor water source with a hose that can reach any area of your property.
- Designate a room that can be closed off from outside air. Close all doors and windows.
- You may have to evacuate quickly due to a wildfire. Learn your evacuation routes, practice with members of your household, and identify a meeting place.
- Make sure your evacuation plan includes pets.
Learn more at www.nfpa.org.