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Crews battle grass fire along American River

SACRAMENTO - A grass fire along the American River on Sunday evening served as a reminder that fire season is not over just yet.

Units from the Sacramento Fire Department, Sac Metro Fire, and the West Sacramento Fire Department responded to the American River near Cal Expo shortly before 5:30 p.m.

The fire burned 7 acres along the bike trail located south of Cal Expo.

"It wound up jumping a small bike trail, got into some heavy brush in between the bike trail and the river," said Sacramento Assistant Fire Chief Jonathan Williams.

Flames briefly threatened several homeless encampments but crews were able to keep the fire from harming anyone.

"We had to make sure that we were getting those people out, kind of evacuating the area and making sure no one was trapped in between where the fire was and their escape areas," Williams said.

Fire crews said steady wind pushed the fire into heavier fuels, making it a much tougher to bring under control.

Sacramento Metro's wildland fire helicopter attacked the fire from the air as a bulldozer cleared line on the ground, helping firefighters to get control.

"The grasses and trees and stuff are completely dry and everybody thinks that the fire season's over and it's not. You can't drop your guard until it's completely green and when you step on it, it's squishy," Williams said.

No information was provided on the cause of the fire.