Vegetation Fire

FOLSOM, CA- Firefighters from the City of Folsom Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to a vegetation fire behind 1200 Riley Street. Initial reports indicated the fire involved grass and thick brush. A total of five fire engines and one chief officer were dispatched to the incident.

Folsom firefighters arrived approximately four minutes minutes after receiving the first 9-1-1 call. The initial arrival report included an 80X80 grass fire that was well established and fueled by dried grass and thick brush. Firefighters initiated an aggressive fire attack to keep the fire from spreading to nearby structures.

The fire was contained within one hour and limited to three acres in size. Crews were challenged with difficult terrain, darkness, and establishing a water supply. Firefighters remained on scene for approximately eight hours to ensure all remaining hot spots were extinguished.

The fire was determined to have started within a homeless encampment  There were no injuries or structures damaged as a result of this fire.

The coming week is expected to be very busy for the fire department with high temperatures and low humidity. As the summer continues, vegetation will continue to dry and become even more hazardous. Creating defensible space around all structures in very important to slow down a fire and allow firefighters the opportunity to extinguish the fire before it extends into structures.

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 Response Facts:
First in District 35
First in Company Engine 38
Battalion 15
Incident Commander  Division Chief Mark Piacentini
Cause Homeless Encampment
Total Engine Companies 5
Total Medic Units 0
Other Resources Folsom Police Department
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
Total Command/Support Staff 2
Total Firefighters 16