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Grass fire threatened homes in Sacramento


The Consumnes Fire Department and Sacramento Metro Fire fought a grass fire that threatened multiple homes Monday afternoon at Prairie Dunes and Piping Rock Drive, according to a tweet.

Sacramento Metro Fire's Michelle Eidam said the firefighters contained the blaze that burned 65 acres near Bradshaw and Gerber roads.

Fire crews search for woman in Sacramento River

Crews are searching for the body of a 27-year-old woman who drowned at the junction of the Sacramento and American rivers Monday afternoon.

A man jumped into the water after the woman from Tiscornia Park beach, but was unsuccessful, Sacramento Fire Department's Chris Harvey said. Rescue crews pulled him out of the water after he swallowed a lot of water. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.

The fire department tweeted that after searching for the woman for 1.5 hours, crews are now in recovery mode.

The rescue was first reported around 4:20 p.m.

No other information about the incident was available. Return to this post for updates.

Firefighter recovering after being burned in Wilton house fire

ID=29774475A captain with the Sacramento Metro Fire Department was burned while fighting a two-alarm house fire on July 3 in Wilton, according to the fire department's spokesperson Michelle Eidam.

Eidam said the firefighter was released from the Burn Unit at UC Davis Medical Center on July 4. He had sustained second-degree burns on his hands and neck while fighting the house fire.

Accident that caused traffic on Interstate 80 and Winters Street is cleared

Two big rigs involved in an accident on Interstate 80 near Winters Street brought westbound traffic to a standstill Monday morning according to California Highway Patrol.

All westbound lanes were stopped at Watt Avenue according to CHP.

At 8:35 a.m. Caltrans tweeted that all lanes had been cleared.

Cal Expo cancels Fourth of July fireworks halfway through show


Fireworks were cancelled halfway through Cal Expo's Fourth of July show due to a "catastrophic failure," said fair spokeswoman Lara Popyack.

A large mortar failed when launching the fireworks at the fair ground about 13 minutes into the show. Fire officials said it was unsafe for the rest of the fireworks to launch, and canceled the show.

About 600 to 700 fireworks were not set off because of the cancellation. Fire investigators detonated some of the fireworks deemed too dangerous to handle on Sunday, according to Steve Guarino chief of CAL FIRE's Fire & Life Safety Division.

Front Street Animal Shelter sets its own new adoption record

This week was a busy one for the folks at the Front Street Animal Shelter.

Starting July 1, the shelter was offering free adoptions for dogs and cats to try and clear up some space. This time of year they usually take in more animals, thanks to fireworks.

"The loud noises. the crashing and banging. The bright lights are very very scary for animals. so those animals that are outside, or living in the backyard, it can be a very scary time for them. they escape from their yard, they dig out. they jump out," said Jason Roberson, an animal care tech at the shelter.

The shelter had over 160 adoptions July 1 through July 4, but they also took in about 200 animals.


Sac Fire: Body of victim recovered from American River identified


On Saturday, a spokesperson for the Sacramento Fire Department said crews recovered a body at I Street along the American River that the department. Sacramento city fire spokesperson Chris Harvey confirmed Sunday that the body matched the one involved in the American river incident on Wednesday.

The victim was identified as Aquino Valdez.