Grass Fire Spreads to Wrecking Yard, Damaging More than One Hundred Cars

Sacramento County, CA – – Around 10:30 last night, Metro Fire crews were dispatched to a grass fire near the railroad tracks at 7050 McComber Street in South Sacramento. First arriving crews found a grass fire that had already spread to vehicles in a wrecking yard. Additional resources were immediately called, as the fire spread quickly through the packed yard.

“All I could see as I was arriving was a wall of fire,” stated Metro Fire Battalion Chief Tyler Wagaman. “Flame lengths appeared to be a couple hundred feet high, with hundreds of cars on fire. We had a rapidly spreading fire, a significant fuel load, and limited access to the wrecking yard. The risk to our firefighters was substantial.” A strategic fire attack placed firefighters on three sides of the fire, in the most critical locations: where they could hold the fire to the wrecking yard and keep it from crossing the train tracks.

A total of 13 fire engines, one water tender, one truck, one medic unit, and four Battalion Chiefs from Metro Fire, Cosumnes Fire and Sacramento Fire worked together to contain the fire. The fire burned roughly two acres and more than 100 cars in the wrecking yard. No firefighters or civilians were injured and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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