Plaza Foods sign catches fire

Plaza Foods

Fire - flamesFirefighters came racing across Murieta Plaza Monday morning to address smoke coming from the Plaza Foods sign. Sac Metro Capt. Aaron Phillips said the call was received at 10:48 a.m.  No cause could be immediately determined, Phillips said, although the fire was in the area of electrical behind the sign. An investigator was expected. Damage seemed limited to the sign area but firefighters went into the attic space above it and removed some roofing. Plaza Foods and the bank were closed because of smoke, and firefighters were on the scene well into lunchtime. Plaza Foods and the bank remained closed all day.

Party as fire station in Anatolia reopens

Sac Metro

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District is inviting everyone to a celebration of the reopening of Fire Station 68 in Anatolia, dark for four years. Saturday’s reopening celebration is good news for Rancho Murieta. Read more »

Damage in car fire limited to home's garage


Burned carFirefighters and a half dozen pieces of equipment responded Friday evening to a garage fire on Pescado Circle.  Capt. Michelle Eidam, public information officer for Sac Metro Fire District, said the blaze started in a car in the garage, and firefighters were on the scene by 7:45 p.m.  The one car, at right, was totaled, she said, and an adjacent car, a Corvette, suffered paint damage.  Fire damage was limited to the garage, with smoke damage inside the home, Eidam said.  She estimated the damage at $30,000.

Grass fire burns an acre at Clementia

Clementia fire

A grass fire was doused quickly Thursday morning on the hill behind the parking lot at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. Sac Metro Fire Capt. Michael Deutsch said it was reported as a car fire at 10:12 a.m., but there was no car when firefighters arrived.  The cause is under investigation. The blaze burned about an acre between two power poles.

As Smokey says, only you can prevent this

Smoke plume

Neighbor Bill "Birdman" Gengler offers this shot of the smoke plume from the King Fire near Pollock Pines.  Bill adds, "With the California drought of historic proportions, we need Smokey the Bear to educate our residents on how to prevent forest fires. ... In the next few months, the River Valley Garden Club will organize a Smokey the Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest for youngsters from 1-5 grades who live in the Murieta area.  More info on the contest will be provided soon."

Brush fire erupts near Yellow Bridge

Brush fire

Firefighters responded to a brush fire between the Yellow Bridge and the first hole of the South Course late Wednesday morning. The fire charred a utility pole and an area Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Battalion Chief Charles Jenkins estimated at 50 by 30 feet. Sac Fire and Cal Fire officials are not ruling out "a suspicious type fire," Jenkins said, noting there have been multiple fires in the vicinity of the golf courses in the past several years. Jenkins asked anyone who observes suspicious behavior to call the arson tip line at (916) 859-3775.

Grass fire on Jackson Road doused quickly

South Course fire

[Updated 4:25 p.m.] Firefighters responded quickly to a small grass fire along Jackson Road Saturday afternoon. The fire, reported just before 3 p.m., was being mopped up 40 minutes later. The blaze burned along Jackson Road and scorched a stretch on the South Course's 15th Hole. Rancho Murieta Security helped direct traffic in the area, which was reduced to one lane by the firefighting operation.

Large fire is burning in Amador County

The smoky smell we've been experiencing since midnight is due to a fast-moving fire on the county line between Amador and El Dorado counties. Hundreds have been evacuated, and more than 1,300 acres have burned.  More from KCRA  |  More from sacbee

Training exercises will set fires in area

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says firefighters will be conducting “live fire” training exercises this month in areas near Rancho Murieta. The exercises are part of the Cal Fire Vegetation Management Plan, an agreement Cal Fire has entered into with the neighboring Van Vleck ranch, the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center, and the Prairie City OHV State Park, located on White Rock Road in Rancho Cordova. Read more »

Fire doused quickly on Jackson Road


Firefighters responded to a small grass fire at Stonehouse and Jackson roads around 3 p.m. Friday and quickly put out the blaze, which erupted at the foot of a power pole.  Bryan Thomson, Sac Metro Fire public information officer, said they were looking to SMUD for an answer as to how the fire started.  Parts of Rancho Murieta experienced a brief power outage at about the same time.

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