Folsom FD responds quickly to grass fire

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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Folsom firefighters responded to a 1.5-acre grass fire call at 12:44 p.m. on Oreno Circle, today, June 29, and were able to control the fire within 10 minutes, said Folsom Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Fletchall.

“The call came in as a grass fire endangering structures,” he said. “The first unit arrived with a small grass fire. It was endangering a structure, so they went into structure defense and extinguished the fire quickly along [the left flank].”

The left flank, or side, of the fire was very close to the construction site of a future home with workers inside.

Fletchall said when the second engine arrived, they attacked the fire along the right flank.

“They both put water on the line and were able to control the fire by stopping the progression of the fire moving south,” he said.

Fletchall said they are discussing what could have caused the fire, but at this time, the cause is unknown and still under investigation.

Seven engines responded including the Folsom Fire Department as well as some help from the El Dorado Hills Fire Department and Sacramento Metro Fire. Fletchall said the engines that responded included Engine 337, Engine 38, Engine 336, Engine 329, Engine 29, Engine 22 and Engine 84.

“It is high temperatures this weekend, and red flag weekend, so there is a high probability of wild land fire,” he said. “Everyone needs to be on situational awareness and make sure that if you see anything, call it in, so we can get there quickly.”

Firefighters remained on scene for an hour to check for hotspots.

No further information has been released at this time.